Set in 600 acres of stunning rolling countryside, the Loch Lomond Golf Club can be found on the banks of the Loch in the shadow of Ben Lomond, just to the north west of Glasgow. Loch Lomond looks like something straight out of a glossy brochure. On arrival, your breath will be taken away with the setting but don’t be fooled; the golf course can match the scenery on every level. It is hard to believe it is only 25 minutes’ drive from Glasgow city center as you are surrounded by sheer tranquility.
The course was designed by Jay Morrish and Tom Weiskopf and opened for play in 1993. Although a relatively young golf course, Loch Lomond has been home to the Scottish Open on numerous occasions. Currently going through a considerable reinvestment program to improve the drainage and agronomy across the course, it will offer what they describe as 6-star putting surfaces when the work is completed in 2020.
This parkland course showcases the best of the Loch on the first nine holes and again at the end of the round, with a real parkland feel on the holes in between. The course is a challenge for the average golfer, but a thrilling and unforgettable one where all hazards are visible from each tee and each hole, except for the 2nd and 4th greens is played in splendid isolation from the others.
The Clubhouse is Rossdhu House, built by the Colquhoun Clan around 1773 and Mary Queen of Scots, wrote her love letters in Rossdhu Castle, the remains of which lie near the 18th green. The locker rooms are exquisitely presented with everything you could want in a charming and homely feel. The hospitality is equally impressive, the staff amiable and professional, and the food and drink out of this world.
This is a highly sought-after golfing experience which is only ever enjoyed by a certain number of people. The difficulty to gain access to Loch Lomond only adds to the desire to play it for many, and the need to play and experience the facilities by others.