At the entrance to Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park, Callander Golf Club is one of the most delightful holiday courses you’ll find in the Home of Golf. A stylish, wooded parkland surrounded by hills and overlooked by magnificent Ben Ledi, it really is a picture-perfect setting! So if your golf game isn’t going to par you are guaranteed first-class shots with a camera.
In the late 1800’s Old Tom Morris designed Callander’s first nine holes. A few years later the club decided to extend to 18 and Willie Fernie, the Open champion who had input into the design of the Old Course, St Andrews, Royal Troon, and Turnberry's Ailsa course finalised the layout.
Callander’s rare pedigree is still evident today! Although short in length, there’s consideration built into every hole - so it is a thinking golfers course. The terrain is mildly elevating making good use of the natural swells and tree-lined avenues. Off the tee is never too difficult! A round at Callander is more about your short game and positioning drives to best accommodate approach shots. This is where Callander gets exciting and where you appreciate the allure of this enigmatic layout. The greens in every instance are small, usually raised, mildly undulating and impeccably presented.
The 6th is called “The Dell” and is said to be one of the finest examples of Old Tom’s work still available for play today. At 372 yards, a good drive down the left is important to clear the fairway bunker and leave a reasonable second shot into a narrow, well-protected green. It’s a cracking, challenging hole!
Another outstanding example is the 15th at only 135 yards. Called “the Avenue” it plays between a tight row of oak trees to a narrow portal of green. It’s certainly the hole you will remember for its challenge – as well as its stunning backdrop. Many consider the 15th one of the finest short holes in Scotland!
A trip to this area is highly recommended not just for this charming golf course. Callander itself is a delightful holiday town with lots to see & do, both in town and throughout the scenically stunning Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park. The area is easily accessed from Scotland’s motorway system, less than an hour’s drive from Glasgow and just over an hour from Edinburgh. So if you make the journey, make time for a look around. Or better still stay a day or two.
FURTHER INFORMATION Callander Golf Club Aveland Road Callander Perthshire FK17 8EN
Tel: 01877 330090 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.callandergolfclub.co.uk Location: 11 miles north of Dunblane on the A84, the golf course is on the south side of village and signposted from the main road.
Statistics: 18 holes, 5,185 yards, Par 66, SSS 65 Designer: Old Tom Morris and Willie Fernie
Green Fees: Weekdays: £25 per round, £35 per day (2011) Weekends: £35 per round, £40 per day (2011)
Type: Undulating Parkland
Facilities: Changing rooms & Showers, Full Catering & Bar, Pro Shop & Teaching Professional, Short Game Practice, Trolley Hire, Club Hire. Visitors: Visitors welcome Monday to Friday and weekends although pre-booking is advised.