Buchanan Castle Golf Club

4.1764705882 4.2 stars from 5 (31)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 70
  • Length: 6131 yards
  • Layout

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes
Pull-carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes
Golf school / academy: Yes

Policies

Walking allowed: Yes
Metal spikes allowed: No
Dress code: Appropriate golf attire at all times. No Denims, track suits, jogging suits, football shirts or T-shirts.

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
White 70 6131 yards N/A N/A
Yellow 68 5728 yards N/A N/A
Red (W) 71 5371 yards N/A N/A

Designed by James Braid in 1936, Buchanan Castle Golf Club is just a half hour from Glasgow and close to Loch Lomond and the charming village of Drymen. It's an 18-hole parkland golf course with tree-framed fairways.

This feature sounds simple, but it can be troublesome, especially on the first and ninth holes, where you'll have to be on your game to score well. You'll find relief on the true, flat greens though.

The facility also includes a par-3 practice course, a clubhouse with a bar and dining area and a fully-stocked pro shop. You can also get a lesson from a PGA teaching professional.

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 4.2 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 4.4 stars from 5
Value: 4.2 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.5 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.6 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.3 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.1 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 31 Reviews
5 stars:
16
4 stars:
8
3 stars:
3
2 stars:
4
1 stars:
0

recommend this course

29 out of 31 reviews


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u113625810's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/18/2019
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



t1269512041's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/22/2019
Previously played Walked Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Great condition"


t2043072434's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a month

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/19/2019
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Yes the weather was great but the condition of this course is the best I’ve ever seen for the time of year. Staff are very friendly too. Highly recommend.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Course flat and well looked after"


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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/29/2019
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Still early season and will be much better when reasonable growth begins. At present greens filled with sand but okay. Lots of lovely wooded areas with some huge oak trees.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Good day at Buchanan Castle."


u656882474's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

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

Reviewed on

Went along to Buchanan Castle for our Tee Time at 11:07 but course was flooded so course was shortened to 12 holes but to be fair the Pro said we could play as many holes as we want.

Because we paid through GolfNow we couldn’t get a rain check I know that’s the gamble you take when booking on line. Very nice course!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Not a good day."


t2143027772's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/27/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Playing winter greens in September !! Green and fairway treatment made for a very compromised round .

Disappointing ! Suggest check with club before booking .


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course



t412677789's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/13/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


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


"Great day out"


t524570979's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/13/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

We played this course today,the course was in very very good condition and the greens were excellent...this is the first i have played this course and the layout was superb and all the par 3s were tricky only down side was the strong winds which made scoring hard, but i will be back to play again as this was a great day out


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


"Fairways and greens are in tremendous condition"


u809666963's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/01/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Uninspiring layout but lovely condition. Worth playing and definitely value for money.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Good game"


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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/03/2018
Previously played

Reviewed on

The round was good course was well maintained only downfall were the two guys in front of me taking five minutes to line up shot and then taking another five minutes to line up puts and missing then spending another five minutes lining up again so I only played nine holes which took 2 1/2 hours


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Buchanan casle"


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/29/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The course was very well maintained , with some lovely senery the only downfall was the weather as it rained for my entire round but was still very enjoyable definitely with a round for anyone thinking about 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


"Great"


t1297470164's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/04/2018
Previously played

Reviewed on

Looks easy quite flat but greens well protected with bunkers. Par 3s look easy but not. The only downside was the sand in green side bunkers. But. What a lovely course greens staff were busy doing a great job. Will play again very pleasant staff all-round .even members spoke and assisted us . thanks to all for a lovely day


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Flat, boring, slow, long grass"


crispybacon501's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/21/2018
Previously played Walked Perfect weather

Reviewed on

A very flat course with not many interesting holes at all. We booked this course on the day through tee off times and got a good deal although we were paired up with another couple even though there were plenty of tee times available. The pro at the shop reminded us just how good a deal we had when I asked about splitting us up. There were several groups of seniors ahead of us not one of them allowing the group behind to play through nor taking any measures to avoid slow play.

The course was in reasonable condition but the grass off the fairway was far too long so any missed fairway shots were heavily punished as it was near impossible to get any kind of contact on the ball. I would expect this if I was playing the US open championship but not a friendly game on a Monday morning.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course


"Excellent on a Hot Deal"


t463829129's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/14/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

First off, this is a very flat course, very easy on the legs.

Very well kept, I played on a roasting hot day.

Outlay is easy to follow, each green leads right onto next tee, with no trekking in between.

Greens immaculate, if a little slow, but nothing id complain about. Few tees had mats which is a major bugbear of mine.

Seems to be as well, theres very little rough. Theres big fairways, couple yards of rough, then absolute guff (just overgrown forestry/weeds) which is nigh on impossible to find a ball in.

Wouldnt pay the £44 they usually ask, I got it for £18 and it was worth that at least.

Very friendly staff, pro good as well.

Would highly recommend a visit


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


"Buchanan Castle"


Jendon's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  20-24

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/09/2018
First time playing Walked Wet weather

Reviewed on

On a good day the course would be lovely. However the course was completely soaked and in my opinion should not have been open for play. I will try the course again during the summer and hopefully have more fun then.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Fairly Easy


I recommend this course



u787300473's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/27/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Lovely course but very wet and soggy by the looks of all the holes around course drainage seems to be a problem even greens were very soft would play again beautiful layout and nice countryside. Weather has been pretty poor and a lot of rain so this hasn’t helped


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"value for money"


roberthassan's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  15-19

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/20/2017
First time playing Walked Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

fairways were flooded,greens were good, we were told it was wet under foot,got told (when we finished round) that cows had broken onto course some fairways were a mess.Very wet ! If they gave us two for one that would have been a fair price.Do not go there if there has been a lot of rain .


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course


"Really nice course"


Sbt1971's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/14/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

First time visiting Buchanan Castle. This is probably the flattest golf course I've ever played. There is nothing even remotely resembling a hill anywhere on the course. Unfortunately this means when it rains (which it does quite a lot in the West of Scotland) there is nowhere for the rain water to run off to which meant the ground was very wet throughout the course. The greens were in excellent condition and the layout of the course is a fair test which we thoroughly enjoyed,.


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


"Well kept secret"


t297128770's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/18/2017
First time playing

Reviewed on

This little gem is such a wonderful visit from start to finish great layout great greens and the real friendliness of staff and members at Buchanan Castle made us feel very welcome

The weather was suitable for ducks and many holes had surface water but this did not put us off taking in the beautiful scenery and the great layout.

We will be back to play when much drier and can't wait


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


"Hot deal on a hot day!"


u3320775's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once every three months

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/24/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This course is in fantastic condition, from tees to fairways to greens. An excellent golfing experience. Of course it helped that it was the hottest day of the year, and that we only saw about 8 other golfers during our round. An absolute must for the money!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



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