New Galloway Golf Club

New Galloway Golf Club

I decided to head north towards Thornhill from Kippford. Sometimes you come across a 'wee' gem that you just have to try. I was given a grand tour of New Galloway Golf Club and in spite of its hilliness and 9-holes, I couldn't drive away without trying it. 

No 7 is the one to watch for, a nice Par 3 uphill but it's the views across  Loch Ken that cause a pause. Loch Ken, sandy my guide informed me was used a lot for water sports and the yacht club was quite a sight when they're out on the loch.

Having bagged a few nice shots, I got back to the car park and prepared to leave for Dumfries but it was such a nice night and that course was in such lovely condition, I called Sandy back and asked if I could play a few holes. 

I feel it for these little Scottish clubs. They struggle along with voluntary support for members, bring on the local kids to enjoy the game and generally are an important part of these small communities. But they don't see a lot of visitors and membership, as it is across the UK these days dwindling.