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Scotland - Loch Lomond

North west of Glasgow at the south west end of the famed  Loch Lomond there is the  course by the same name and the relatively new course, The Carrick, a little further south nearby the town of Arden. You will find them both just off the A82.

Loch Lomond can be difficult to get on but if you are lucky enough to have good weather and a reasonably dry course then it is a memorable golfing experience. The course was in very good condition when I played there in July 2009, a week after the Scottish Open, but, from the accommodation perspective , the meals were somewhat disappointing. This may well have been a reflection of their troubled financial position at that time. Every hole was enjoyable and challenging. Some holes that stay clearly in my mind are the very picturesque par 3,5th with the Loch behind, the par 3, 17th with the Loch along the left and the wonderful finishing  cape hole that dog legs left around the water.

I have to say that The Carrick was rather a disappointment. The front nine is in the area known as 'the lowlands' and even in mid summer was quite wet in many locations.

The back nine immediately heads for higher ground and has some good holes such as the 190 yard par 3, 14th with its elevated tee which looks to the green surrounded by 5 bunkers and Loch Lomond beyond. This nine is very wind exposed. In general the greens were very good and there are multiple tee choices but I wouldn't want to be there during any sort of prolonged wet period.


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