Callander Golf Club

Scotland is usually associated with seaside links courses but there are lovely inland golf clubs like the Callander Golf Club that allow you to play a challenging round of golf in one of the most scenic parts of the country. Located in the picture postcard surroundings of the Trossachs uplands in Central Scotland, the Callander golf course is a short tight course of 5125 yards. It is within an hour’s drive from Glasgow, Edinburgh and Perth and just 15 miles north of Stirling but is relatively peaceful and secluded.

Not far from the famous Gleneagles Golf course, Callander is a good base for a relaxed golfing holiday. The club welcomes guests at short notice and charges a modest fee. The par 66 course is near the south east entrance to Scotland’s first National Park, the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park. Callander Golf Club is a member of the National Park Golf Pass scheme that allows you to play golf at participating clubs at reduced fees. Thus you can also play other clubs within the National Park area like Aberfoyle, Buchanan Castle (Drymen), Killin and St. Fillans.

The course was originally designed by Tom Morris in 1890. He designed the first nine holes and the other nine were designed by another Scottish golf legend, Willie Fern from Troon. The new course was officially opened in 1914 and little has changed since then. As a result you find a mature secluded course with undulating parklands that are partly wooded. It boasts of diverse holes and magnificent vistas all around. An enduring memory is of the view of the round topped Ben Ledi Mountain northwest of the signature fifteenth hole.

Callander has seven par-three and one par-five hole but the most difficult are four of its par fours. The course however is not to be taken lightly as its narrow fairways and greens require careful approach. The par 3 fifteenth appears easy at a short 135 yards but because of encroaching trees is not that simple. Callander Golf Course thus provides golfers with a challenging round of golf against an unforgettable backdrop of classic Scottish scenery.

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