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Stranraer Golf Club

Welcome to the final golf course designed by James Braid, one of Scotland's greatest golf course architects (who just happens to be a 5 times Open champion).

Stranraer golf course is on the shores of Loch Ryan, in South West Scotland. The 6,308 yard parkland course is set on gently rolling land with exceptional views over the loch to Ailsa Craig, the Isle of Arran and beyond. By the way, don't think just because it's 6,308 yards it's a short course. There is only one par 5 and the changes in elevation make it play longer than it seems.

This championship course is delightful throughout the year. The Gulf Stream (often called the Atlantic Drift) warms this lovely area on the southwest coast of Scotland, creating an unusually mild and frost-free climate. So golf can be played almost every day of the year.

From the high handicap average golfer to the scratch amateur, there is much to love about this course. It's as pure a challenge of golf as exists anywhere. I say that because there are no hidden monsters in the form of pot bunkers or streams or other bogey-makers lurking out of sight. What you see is what you get with Braid. The course demands, and rewards, accuracy -- especially off the tee. And it's kept in great shape.

The entire course is a pleasure to play. I can't name a weak hole. But there are some holes that, because of their view or design, I think are special.

#5 - The signature hole. You'll be hitting from an elevated tee on this 382 yard slightly dogleg right, par 4.It playes all the way with water down the right. There are also 2 fairway bunkers on the right so, no slices, please.

#11 - Great views of the entire course. Bring your camera for great memories.

#3 - I love this hole. At 403 yards it's one of the longer par 4s on the course. You have to hit over a winding creek three times to reach a green that is set between a huge bunker on the left and a steep bank sloping towards the creek on the right. Don't be short and don't be long!

The clubhouse serves good food and the staff is extra friendly and very proud of their golfcourse. I highly recommend this course, Get a day ticket and play it twice.

Please be sure to see the YouTube video, narrated by Bryce Kelly, former Club Secretary, and a fine gentleman . It gives you a real sense of this excellent golf course.

Golf Nook rating -- Birdie


Want more golf in this area? This area of Scotland has other golf courses definitely worth the trip. --

Turnberry: This is where the famous "Duel in the sun" between Jack Nicklaus and Tom Watson took place so if you're looking for a true test of links golf, this British Open course is about 30 miles up the coast from Stranraer.

Portpatrick Golf Club -- Dunskey Course. Well managed , inexpensive golf course with undulating greens which are always in great shape. Good views from high above the shore. There's lots of walking up and down hills, so make sure you're in shape. If not, hire a buggy. The staff is friendly, the food is good and the golf course is fun.

Southerness Golf Club -- About a 90 minutes drive from Stranraer. Little known maravelous links course on the Solway Firth. But you have to really want to find this one.

The town of Stranraer, on the banks of Loch Ryan, is also the Stena Ferry port, for crossing to Northern Ireland. Or, you can go a couple of miles north to Cairnryan for the P&O Ferry to Larne, North Ireland.

Where to Stay -- See our South West Scotland page for lodging and for Wnat to Do and See in the Area. You might also want to use Trip Advisor for Stranraer.