Scotland is the Home of Golf and has over 550 Courses to choose from, there are the prestigious courses we all dream of playing but some of the very best expereinces can be had playing our hidden gems.
Stirling Golf Club is one of those Hidden Gems, with rich history and the stunning backdrop of the Scottish Highlands and Stirling Castle. You will have a truly fantastic Scottish Golf experience playing the Tom Morris designed course.
With links to King James IV who arguably made his greatest contribution to Scottish culture on a winters day in 1506. The King joined by the Earl of Bothwell played the second game of Golf ever documented in Scotland on the hunting grounds at the base of Stirling Castle.
What was not recorded was the score, or whether they played winter rules, or whether the king got any strokes or mulligans.
After more than five hundred years, however, what is remembered is the game’s dramatic location at the foot of Stirling Castle. Scarcely a more dramatic location for golf exists in all of Scotland, the Home of Golf.
The day is put together to give you the very best Scottish Golf Experience using local drivers and guides all who play golf and have a passion for showing visitors to Scotland the Hidden Gems and the true Scotland.
With the inspiring backdrop of Stirling, built on ancient volcanic slopes, and crowned by the historic Castle rising above the spectacular crags. There are stunning views from the course in all directions – the Ochil and Lomond Hills to the east, the Carse of Stirling, the Trossachs and the Southern Highlands beyond.
Set in the old royal hunting grounds of the Kings Park, Stirling Golf Club has a course of excellent quality and unique character – a golfing experience not to be missed.
More than 350 years after James IV played his historic round in the King’s Hunting Park, the Stirling Golf Club formed in 1869.
Young Tom Morris, British Open Champion four times in a five-year stretch, and a charter member of golf’s pantheon, was brought in as the club’s first golf professional in 1869 at the age of 18. The year after he and his famous father, Old Tom Morris (also a four-time Open Champion and the greens keeper at St Andrews), finished one-two in the Open Championship at Prestwick.
Despite its position at the foot of the Stirling Castle escarpment, Stirling Golf Course is remarkably flat. At a little over 6,100 yards, the course is also fairly short for a regulation 18-hole, par-72 course with 4 par-5s and 4 par-3s.
And, because the parkland course is not subject to the winds and open weather conditions of a Scotland seaside links, the course rarely plays long.
However, the Stirling course is not without impediments. The great English golfer, Sir Henry Cotton, saw to that, when he gave Stirling Golf Club a complete course makeover in 1967, planting many deciduous trees that have since matured to define the fairways and add beauty to the course year round.
The trees, lush fairways, and castle backdrop make Stirling Gold Club. an eye-pleasing layout even in overcast conditions. But, in fine weather expansive view looking towards the Trossachs mountains of Scotland’s Central Highlands makes Stirling’s handsome natural setting almost distracting.
We are also proud to be part of the world famous James Braids reciprocal association and have close links with a number of other local courses, so planning a golf outing in Central Scotland can provide golfers a rare treat if you want to add a new experience to your trip to Scotland.
The itinerary above is only a guide as other historical sites can be incorporated into a tailored sightseeing tour of your own making. The Tour price does not include your entrance fees, lunches, dinners or the chauffeurs gratuity.