Niddry Castle Golf Club

4.2772941176 4.3 stars from 5 (32)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 70
  • Length: 5914 yards
  • Layout

Rentals/Services

Pull-carts: Yes
Clubs: No

Practice/Instruction

Putting green: Yes

Policies

Walking allowed: Yes

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
White 70 5914 yards N/A N/A
Yellow 69 5539 yards N/A N/A
Red 71 5022 yards N/A N/A

Niddry Castle Golf Club offers 18 holes of par-70 golf over 5,914 yards, providing a good course for all levels and ability of player. Magnificent vistas provide a glimpse of the Pentland Hills, and the holes all offer their own unique tests and hazards - plus there's a castle smack-dab in the middle. If you can control your shots and manage a solid golf course, then this patch of parkland ought to be on your itinerary for any golf trip to Scotland.

Fire away at Cannons Drive, the Niddry Castle Golf Club's 198-yard par-3 first hole, featuring a green that slopes away. The long hole is the sixth, Castle View, a par-5 524-yarder - pick right or left of the fairway at the tee to avoid sticking yourself behind a large tree for the second shot. Gan Hame, the 18th hole, a par 4 that measures 404 yards, provides a superb finishing hole, with an elevated tee shot to a fairway that features trees on both sides.

If you're going in winter, when the club sees fewer players, Niddry Castle Golf Club offers golf-and-coffee specials.

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 4.3 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 3.5 stars from 5
Value: 4.6 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.6 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.6 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.1 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.3 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 32 Reviews
5 stars:
14
4 stars:
15
3 stars:
3
2 stars:
0
1 stars:
0

recommend this course

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"First and not last visit to Niddrie Castle GC"


u109230722's avatar
Age:  45-54
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  20-24

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/21/2019
First time playing Walked Perfect weather

Reviewed on

First visit and not disappointed. Weather was ideal, course was pretty empty, seen about a dozen other players. A woman’s 3 ball quickly let me play through but not before they tried to kill me with their drives on the fifth, one hit my bag! This is one of the risks on this course is that there is a few cross overs and shared fairways. However, it’s also what makes some of the holes interesting.

Most holes have the castle (not sure on that) in view, and the course winds around in quite a small footprint.

Quite forgiving but get too lazy and get a bit wayward and you will be punished. So keep it calm, down the middle and you’ll be fine. Get adventurous and it’ll bite you on the bum!

Didn’t use the facilities as headed straight home and it’s putting green is all Astro-turf so my score for a 3 in that field. But get it played it’s brilliant for the price.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course



"Midday round"


u134781794's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/05/2019
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course in excellent condition given we’re just emerging from the winter months. Greens very fast and fairways nicely tended. Clubhouse fare was tasty and of a great standard. All staff very friendly and welcoming. Will definitely visit again.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"First Time"


t1459046059's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/26/2019
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Booked on line and checked in at course. Didn't have to wait in fact teed off early.

Weather cold and windy but course played well

Would play again in main see season


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Excellent backdrop midday castle"


t2037620464's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/11/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

A challenging scenic course...with hazards to tax the thinking golfer.....with holes that are not to long.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Excellent well maintained course"


watchgeorge's avatar
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/05/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Arrived early and as it was quiet was allowed to tee off straight away. The course is well maintained with some really tricky holes which has you using every club in the bag.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"ALLWAYS ENJOYABLE"


jgunn2018's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  25+

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/29/2018
Previously played Walked Windy weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Having played this course several times over a fifteen year period I don't think it has ever been in better condition, more ground has been made available behind the ponds for errant shots and the greens and fairways are in excellent condition. The staff are always very welcoming but the changing facilities and club house are a little tired. Not withstanding that its always a pleasure to play here


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course



u6954796's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/11/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Feeling Good about golf"


t1207706697's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/31/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Very warm welcome from Club Captain. Interestingly ”quirky” first few holes . Course in wonderful condition. Perhaps clearer signage on 6th.....I think. Very different feel to holes after 7 to 16th with open views across to Pentlands. Niddry Castle itself enhances views .really enjoyed 17th....challenging.different challenges as ground conditions varied.....but personally..........very happy golfer as I had my best score ever........it just all came together. Well done ground staff.......Ross and his team..


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Excellent Round"


t1531549981's avatar
Age:  65+
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  20-24

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/11/2018
Previously played Walked Perfect weather

Reviewed on

When you approach the course you wondere what it will be like but the course is so much better than the road in. Tees, fairways and greens in great condition, a challenging course, just fun


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"This course has great features"


gavshaw's avatar
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/07/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The elevated tee off holes are great features on the course ,the fairways can be a bit narrow but they and the greens are well kept ,over all very good days golf enjoyed it


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Windy but fun"


Mclennanone's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/31/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Played last year and each time challenging wether windy or wet or both bit of a work out on a few holes with the slopes going up or down but altogether will play again


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course



t1123300706's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/14/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course



t2138138760's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once every three months

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/30/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Not for me this one"


t2084152889's avatar
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/09/2018
First time playing Walked Perfect weather

Reviewed on

This is an attractive course in a nice location but just didn't tick the boxes for me. The course is short and lot's of holes involved teeing across or over other fairways. The greens were extremely dry following the usually warm Scottish conditions and were so dry some of the greens were actually bare and grass-less. Needed some water badly.

It's one I wanted to like following the shining reviews and the staff were very friendly, but from a golf perspective not one I'll be looking to play again and probably wouldn't satisfy the low handicappers.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Fair

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Fairly Easy


I don't recommend this course


"SOME QUIRKY HOLES"


IAN7947144's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/10/2018
First time playing Walked Cold weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Played the course with my wife and had a great experience. Course in superb condition, but 3 or 4 holes are a bit "quirky". Chatted with the Head Greenkeeper before we started and he gave us lots of advice. Filled rolls before we played and soup and toasties when we finished - excellent quality and value for money. Will definately play again, but make more use of my Garmin.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"It really is a hidden gem"


t831103232's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/09/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Played this course my with old man last week, after searching the west of Scotland for a good deal.

We were sceptical at first as I had read some of the reviews and they were mixed.

Having played a lot of courses in Scotland as we tend to try new courses each time we play I can’t honestly recommend this course highly enough.

The first two holes really don’t do the rest of the course justice, but when you get past these you are in for a great round with magnificent greens and challenging holes.

Receptionist and clubhouse members were very welcoming and offered a great insight regarding the course before we set out.

I promise you minus the first two hole this is a course you will really enjoy.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



u955059234's avatar
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/06/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Great course, bazaar layout in places. Course very busy but definitely recommend


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course




4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/05/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Nearly brilliant"



4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/29/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

What a belter. Properly hidden, parkland course played around the functioning Niddry castle, between bings & accross a substantial & well used burn. It’s pretty- every hole is like a postcard. Not long or particularly tough in layout with the risk / reward holes being mostly for show- play well & you could really go after the big greens. The only frustration is how good it could be. It’s pretty well kept, but if it was REALLY well kept I’d be queuing up for a membership. Greens are seriously fast, but don’t roll quite well enough to manage the speed- they spit approach shots off as well so you have to adjust your approach play to a more links-y style. This means fewer birdie putts & the speed means you have to lag first, which puts you at the mercy of the bobbles. Likewise, the meat of the course is well tended but some areas (service areas, like the area around the car park / clubhouse, bunkers in general) could do with a tidy up. There’s a plastic practice green so it’ll take first timers like me a few holes to adjust. Quite a few criss crossing holes and 2 holes with effectively one fairway - heading in opposite directions (!) so keep your wits about you. Despite these grumbles it’s a cracking course & cracking value. The starter was really clear & made sure I didn’t play the junior course by accident (I absolutely would have!) and the guys on the course were absolute gents. Was waved through a medal 3 ball & everyone helped me avoid getting lost! I will absolutely be back here - with some regularity! I hope that they get enough business to iron out these wrinkles. If this course got the same attention as Cardrona / gleneagles / Cameron House I’d play it over them.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent


I recommend this course



3468marksmith's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/02/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

First impressions as I came down the driveway and saw the clubhouse I thought that the course could be a bit shabby and rough.

However on entry to the clubhouse the staff were very helpful and friendly and the lady was a good advert for the club.she indicated that the greens were very good,firm and true and indeed she was correct as they were excellent and given that I was playing in November it was some doing.

The course is a mix of the Old and the new with the majority set in quite wide fairways with newly planted small trees so you can really open your shoulders and rip it.

The course is quite short and there are a number of drives and short irons.

It's well worth playing for the greens alone and I will visit it again


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I recommend this course



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