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CALLANDER GOLF CLUB

CALLANDER, CENTRAL SCOTLAND

"Most scenic course in the United Kingdom"?

WITH THE SENTINEL MOUNTAIN BEN LEDI OVERLOOKING CALLANDER AT THE SOUTHERN GATE TO SCOTLAND'S
CENTRAL HIGHLANDS, GOLFERS PUTT OUT ON THE GREEN ATOP 'MT. PISGAH 'THE 17TH HOLE. A PAR-5 OF 491 YARDS, THE 17TH SHOWS THE HILLY, WOODED CHALLENGE OF CALLANDER GOLF CLUB AND ITS SCENIC SPLENDOR.
Photo courtesy Callander Golf Club

CALLANDER GOLF CLUB

CALLANDER, CENTRAL SCOTLAND

          The market town of Callander has long been the gateway to Scotland's Central Highlands for travelers following the tributaries of the River Forth north from Scotland's central city, Stirling, and its two coastal metropolises, Edinburgh and Glasgow. Callander is placed at a narrows where the uplands of the Lowlands become the mountains of the Trossachs. To the north and the west the rugged Highlands scenery encompasses the Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park. Perched on a hillside above Callander, the Callander Golf Club is itself immersed in the imposing scenery. And, while the Callander Golf Club may be a valid candidate as "most scenic course in the United Kingdom", its dramatic setting provides a rugged challenge to all comers.

 

The 18th green and the clubhouse at Callander Golf Club. Home at First photo © 2004.
— CALLANDER GOLF CLUB —

GREAT SCOTTISH GOLF ISN'T ONLY
FOUND ON COASTAL LINKS COURSES.

Photo
© Home At First

Classic Inland Scottish Golf

          Think for a moment of classic Scottish scenery. Do images of green, rolling meadows divided by stone walls and gurgling burns and lined with gnarled oaks and tufted grasslands come to mind? Are there high, bald mountains in this picture — often dusted with snow?

          Now, conjure up classic Scottish golf course scenery. Are your classic Scottish golf courses all treeless links courses with long sea grasses, deep pot bunkers, fairways full of moguls, gale-force winds, and great sea views?

 

          Are the two mental images different?

Great Scottish golf isn’t only found along the rugged seacoasts of the Atlantic and the North Sea. It may be found in Scotland’s classic inland scenery too. And, while the golf courses here — with rare exceptions, like Gleneagles — are not international names, they do offer Scottish golf tradition and challenging golf. Indeed, many inland courses are designs of the same great golf architects that created the famous links courses — men like Old Tom Morris and James Braid. And, best of all, most inland courses welcome guests on short notice, do not exclude high handicap or casual players, and are not cottage industries that charge significant greens fees that their considerable traffic must bear. Typical of such courses is Callander Golf Club in Callander, Central Scotland.

CALLANDER GOLF CLUB, CALLANDER, CENTRAL SCOTLAND

 

CALLANDER'S 16TH HOLE "BALGIBBON" — 363 YARDS, PAR-4 — BEN LEDI IN THE BACKGROUND
Photo courtesy Callander Golf Club

Length & Par:
• White Tees:    Par 66, 5,208 yards, SSS 65
• Yellow Tees:   Par 64, 4,470 yards, SSS 62
• Ladies Tees:   Par 68, 4,613 yards, SSS 68

Greens Fees:
• Weekdays: £30/round or £40/day
• Weekends: £40/round or £50/day

SPECIAL OFFERS:
•
Seven Day Ticket: £
120 (valid for play every day for a week).
•
Twilight Golf: £
40/foursome for play after 11:30AM daily.

Open and Playable Year Round

Minimum Handicap Required: NONE

TEE-TIMES: Walk-ins welcome, but booking of tee-times strongly recommended up to seven days in advance of play. Visitors welcome any day, but some times may be unavailable due to scheduled club events.

Facilities:
• Changing rooms for men and women
• Club Pro Shop
• Practice area and putting green
• Lounge, Bar and Dining Room

Rentals:
• Clubs: YES (request at time of booking)
• Pull carts (trolleys): YES (request at time of booking)
• Golf carts: NO
• Caddies: NO

LOCATION & DIRECTIONS: Callander Golf Club is situated at the east end of Callander, just off the A84. From Home at First Central Scotland cottages to the north, drive east through Callander on the main street (A84) to a news agent ("The Herald") just before Bracklinn Road (there's a very noticeable pink house on the right just past the Bracklinn Rd intersection). Turn left onto Bracklinn Road. Follow the road up and over the old railway bridge to the top of Ancaster Gardens where the golf club’s car park is clearly signed.

Address: Callander Golf Club, Aveland Road, Callander, FK17 8EN Scotland.

Bookings (from the USA): TEL:  011 44 (0)1877 330 090;
or e-mail: callandergolf@btconnect.com; or place your booking ON-LINE.
OR have
Home at First book a tee-time for you as part of your Central Scotland travel itinerary — it’s FREE!

Nearest HOME AT FIRST lodgings:
In Callander, Scotland, 1-5 minutes drive to the course.
Also in Balquhidder (25 minutes north, Lochearnhead (25 minutes north) and Killin (45 minutes north).

OTHER GOLF IN THE IMMEDIATE AREA: At least 10 other courses are within 25 miles of Callander, ranging from intimate 9-hole courses to the three 18-hole resort courses of internationally famed Gleneagles:

NORTH & NORTHEAST:

• Killin Golf Club (9 holes), eastern end of Killin at western end of Loch Tay.

• Kenmore Golf Course (9 holes) – just NW of Kenmore along the north bank of the River Tay near  its outflow from Loch Tay.

• TAYMOUTH CASTLE GOLF COURSE (18 holes; original design by James Braid; major re-design and lengthening ongoing), east end of Kenmore village on River Tay near its outflow from Loch Tay.

EAST:

• St. Fillans Golf Club (9 holes; Willie Auchterlonie design), St. Fillans, east end of Loch Earn.

• Comrie Golf Club (9 holes), Comrie, next town east of St. Fillans in Strathearn valley.

• Crieff Golf Club (18 holes & 9 holes; James Braid design), Crieff, next town east of Comrie in Strathearn valley.

• Gleneagles Golf Resort (2 Braid courses & 1 Jack Nicklaus course), Auchterarder, SE of Comrie.

SOUTH & WEST:

• STIRLING GOLF CLUB (18 holes and 500+ years of history), 1 mile west of downtown Stirling.

• ABERFOYLE GOLF CLUB (18 holes, short & hilly), 10 miles SW of Callander in the Menteith hills just east of Aberfoyle village.

More information about HOME AT FIRST's SCOTLAND CENTRAL HIGHLANDS travel program.

 

HISTORY OF CALLANDER GOLF CLUB:
           Callander Golf Club is a picturesque, undulating, partially wooded, parkland course set in the center of Scotland and at the southeast entrance to the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park. In 1890, Old Tom Morris (British Open champion in 1861, 1862, 1864, 1867; runner-up 1860, 1863, 1868, 1869, the latter two times 2nd place to his son Young Tom Morris) designed Callander’s original 9 holes. Another Scottish golf legend, Willie Fernie (Open champion in 1883; 2nd place four times; helped design Royal Troon Old Course), designed the second 9, giving Callander a short (par 66, 5,126-yard) but challenging 18-hole course. The course has changed little in the century-plus of its operations. Its course record of 5-under-par

Old Tom Morris, designer of the first 9 holes at Callander G.C.
Old Tom Morris
designer of THE ORIGINAL
9 holes at Callander G.C.

61 is testimony to its fair challenge unchanged by

 

years of transition in the game. Today, Callander remains a private club that welcomes visitors openly at low cost and without crowds and delays. The club’s membership and staff have a reputation for offering genuine friendly Scottish hospitality to guests.

 

Willie Fernie, designer of the second 9 at Callander G.C.

Willie Fernie
designer of the second
9 at Callander G.C.

THE COURSE AND SOME NOTABLE HOLES:
 
         The short course has seven par-3’s and only one par-5. But three of its par-4’s are its most difficult holes — the 404-yard 12th, 373-yard 6th, and the 362-yard 16th are the top handicap holes. Callander’s signature — the par-3 15th — hole is one of its easiest (17th handicap) and by far its shortest (136 yards from the white tees). From the 15th green the view northwest toward the round-topped Ben Ledi mountain provides golfers an unforgettable backdrop of classic Scottish scenery. After more than a century of play, Callander’s mature layout features narrow fairways and greens that require careful approach. Even the short 15th cannot be taken lightly, owing to encroaching trees. So maybe you become familiar with your long irons and give Big Bertha the day off.

 
 

THE REGION:
         Callander draws visitors on the strength of its status as a multiple gateway: to the Trossachs, to the Central Highlands, and, only in recent years, to Scotland’s first national park, Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park. The region, while perhaps now officially Perthshire, is more closely allied with Stirling, only 17 miles southeast. Stirling is home of one of Scotland’s great castles, and site of two of its greatest victories against English overlords 700 years ago: by the armies of William Wallace ("Braveheart") at Stirling Bridge and Robert the Bruce at Bannockburn. But

Short Hole, Long View: Ben Ledi, sentry mountain at the entrance to Scotland's Central Highlands, seen from the white tee of the signature Par-3 15th hole at Callander Golf Club. Photo courtesy Callander G.C.
SHORT HOLE – LONG VIEW
BEN LEDI, SENTRY MOUNTAIN AT THE ENTRANCE
TO SCOTLAND'S CENTRAL HIGHLANDS, SEEN
FROM THE WHITE TEE ON the signature
PAR-3 15TH HOLE at Callander G.C.

Photo courtesy Callander Golf Club

the Scottish hero best associated with

 

 

Callander lived 400 years later, and, though ultimately

Callander: Rob Roy Visitor Center
ROB ROY CENTRE
TOURIST INFORMATION &
REGIONAL ACTIVITIES
CENTER FOR CALLANDER
AND CENTRAL SCOTLAND.

Photo
© Home At First

defeated by the English, remained always defiant, outspoken, and free. He was — despite the best efforts of his powerful enemies — Rob Roy MacGregor, and Scotland’s favorite Highlander. Callander's tourist office, the Rob Roy Visitor Centre, is a center for all things having to do with Rob Roy and the regional information and booking center for all manner of activities and shopping: hiking, biking, climbing, kayaking, dining, nightlife, antiques, woolens, and crafts.
  
     Because of Callander’s central location, excursions throughout much of Scotland are easily made — including to Edinburgh and Glasgow (each less than 90 minutes away), and into the Highlands (they begin just north of town). Both coasts are within reach of Callander, too: east to the Fife Coast and St. Andrews (90 minutes), and west to the Atlantic coast and the islands of the Inner Hebrides (about 2 hours). All this makes Callander a great base for touring throughout most of Scotland and a superb destination in itself.

 

TRAVELING TO SCOTLAND TO PLAY GOLF?
Let
HOME AT FIRST make your advance tee-times at the Callander Golf Club and many other Scottish golf courses as part of your pre-reserved Scottish trip itinerary. There’s no extra charge for this service.

MORE RESOURCES:
• Golf in Scotland
• Home At First's
SCOTLAND travel program

Want to learn about other courses throughout the British Isles
including some of the greatest tests of golf in the world? See our
SCOTLAND, IRELAND, ENGLAND, and WALES
Course Guides for more information.

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