Gowf…. or, if you don’t speak Scots, golf!

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If you enjoy spoiling a good walk – as Mark Twain may or may not have described the game – then you are spoiled for choice around here.

We have an abundance of golf courses, from the former host of the Scottish Open to small, friendly municipal courses. I don’t play the game myself, but I am reliably informed that any of the local courses are well worth a hack round. And with daylight stretching far into the evening in summer – even this far south, you can play until at least 10pm at midsummer, and if you venture as far north as Orkney they claim you can still see to hit a ball at midnight – there’s plenty of scope to enjoy a day’s sightseeing and follow it with a round of golf after dinner.

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Loch Lomond Golf Club held the Scottish Open from 2001 – 2010, but it is a private club and strictly members and their guests only, so you probably don’t have much chance of a round there.

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6 miles up the road from Uppa Close you’ll find The Carrick Golf Club & Spa. It’s on the shore of Loch Lomond, hosts some prestigious tournaments, and offers golf days to non-members: at a price.

Or, if your budget is more modest, what about The Vale of Leven Golf Club, 2 miles away?

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You really are spoiled for choice. Here’s a list of courses, in no particular order, within a reasonable distance of the flat – it’s by no means comprehensive.

Dumbarton Golf Club

Buchanan Castle Golf Club

Strathendrick Golf Club

Helensburgh Golf Club

Clydebank & District Golf Club

Dalmuir Golf Course

Milngavie Golf Club

And if all that is too much, why not try the crazy golf course at Lomond Shores, Balloch?

Wee Heilan Man


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