Rowallan Castle Golf & Country Club

3.3489470588 3.3 stars from 5 (48)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 71
  • Length: 6968 yards
  • Layout

  • Rowallan Castle, Kilmaurs, East Ayrshire, KA3 2LP
  • +44 (0) 1563 530550
  • +44 (0) 1563 538648
  • www.rowallancastle.com
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Year built: 2010
Architect(s): Colin Montgomerie (2010), European Golf Design. (2010)
Type: Private
Style: Parkland

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Practice bunker: Yes
Indoor practice facilities: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes
Golf school / academy: Yes - "Rowallan Castle Golf Academy"

Policies

Dress code: Appropriate golf attire. No jeans/trainers.

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Championship 71 6968 yards N/A N/A
Medal 71 6709 yards N/A N/A
Gents 71 6284 yards N/A N/A
Red (W) 73 5537 yards N/A N/A

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 3.3 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 4.5 stars from 5
Value: 3.7 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.3 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.7 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.5 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 2.8 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 48 Reviews
5 stars:
15
4 stars:
14
3 stars:
9
2 stars:
3
1 stars:
7

recommend this course

33 out of 48 reviews


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3258's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/12/2019
Previously played Walked Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

played on several occasions however this was the best condition the course was in. great valued look forward to playing again


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


"Championship Monster!"


reidsy69's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/17/2019
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I have played Rowallan a number of times over the years and it is such a test of golf. From the back tees it is a monster, designed by Monty and tour length/design. Factor the wind and some holes are a real test.

Greens are superb, fairways and teeboxes could be slightly better but essentially due to the size of the course, proper manicure and cultivation comes at a price and I doubt looking at the number of green staff & equipment this is in abundance. Layout and hole design is as good as anything in Scotland. Put a 5 star resort on site and plough in £ and you will rival anything inland in Scotland.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"The whole experience from beginning to end."


Alynas5251's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/09/2019
First time playing Walked Perfect weather

Reviewed on

From the time we passed through the door we were welcomed by everyone, reception, golf pro and bar/restaurant staff, lovely breakfast and when we went around to pro shop were given info about the course since we had never played here before, everyone of the staff we met were very engaging and going onto the course it was really long but most enjoyable, would recommend the course and facilities to anyone and will certainly be returning in the future, thanks again to everyone involved.

Alan Lynas


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Rowallan Castle"


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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/24/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Played the golf course today in cold but sunny conditions. The course was pretty wet due to excess rain over the past few weeks but overall it is kept in a decent condition. The greens were great though.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Best Value For Money Course In Ayrshire"


bildon's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/21/2018
Walked Cold weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

We booked this course through Golf Now and had it not been for this website we would never have heard of Rowallan Golf Course.

The welcome by the Pro was warm and friendly and he took time to explain that due to overnight rain the course would be rather wet.

The course was long and challenging but “rather wet” was an understatement as the majority of fairways were sodden with the result that there was absolutely no run on the ball. Despite the time of year the tees and greens were in reasonable condition although several of the greens showed signs of disease.

The layout of the course was superb with some beautifully designed holes. A few of the holes have significant walks between the green and next tee.

This course has tremendous potential but major investment is required to address the serious drainage problems.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"New shoes please"


t1113042704's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/05/2018
Previously played Walked Windy weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Wet underfoot shoes soaked, socks and feet muddy. Trousers dirty right up to the back of my knees. Wasn’t even raining today. Course layout is great could be amazing but spoiled by underfoot conditions.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Poor

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I don't recommend this course


"Half Price"


gc1567988522's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/21/2018
Previously played Walked Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

3rd time of playing. With sucj a brilliant summer, the greens were infected. Lucky we paid half normal price.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Fair

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course


"Poor"


u000002729404's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/21/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course was in very poor condition. No grass on tee boxes, fairways very un-tidy. Green very patchy and very very slow.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I don't recommend this course


"wonderful deal"


sconeyman's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/13/2018
First time playing Walked Hot weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

2 friends from Sunderland and myself played here on Friday 13th July for an incredible £17 each amazing value for a top quality course cant fault it or the staff. This was also the first time I had booked using tee off times hassle free and will use many times in the future


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"This course has potential however !"


Bluejas1's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/16/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Played the course for the second time on Saturday this was after a prelonged spell of dry weather. The first time of playing it was 3years ago and during that time there seems to be very little change in the condition of the course. Its fairways are in a very poor state.Sparse thick bladed grass, had to play preferred lies ! Semi rough is brutal and after that it is a lost ball.reminds of a farmer who is developing his own course. Loads of money needs to be spent on it. Its a shame as it quite a layout.Would i play it again, perhaps not.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I don't recommend this course


"Excellent"


u352065456's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/01/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

£18 for a round on this course,excellent value for money,course was in excellent condition considering we’ve had no rain for about a fortnight,greens a little bit slow but think this was down to the fact they didn’t want to shave them right down .Will definitely play it again.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Absolute mire"


d53252345's avatar
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/13/2018
First time playing Walked Perfect weather

Reviewed on

Bearing in mind that we have had a nice spell of weather, I couldn't believe how wet and boggy the course is. Fairways are in very poor condition, greens not much better and not a yardage marker in sight. It's a shame as the course layout and facilities are good and the grounds are beautiful.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I don't recommend this course


"True teat"


t576327112's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/21/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Long coarse magnificent greens ....bring your 3 and 5 wood and be sure to putt well. True gem ...


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



t1059553026's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/18/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course



Scotgolfer7's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/13/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Off course wasnt open other than pro shop so cant comment. Course condition was decent for this tome of year. Back nine was a bit heavy going


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Poor


I recommend this course


Commented on 02/08/2018

Thank you for your review Scotgolfer7.

We hope to see you back at Rowallan when the summer arrives.

Regards

David

Director of Golf

Rowallan Castle Golf Club


"Its a real shame"


Heavymetalgolfer's avatar
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/19/2017
Previously played

Reviewed on

Yes this is winter but this course is absolutely soaking, tees and greens quite good but everything in between is close to abysmal also teed off behind a group of youths playing a university tie who were extremely slow eventually teed off 20 mins late and got held up on nearly every single hole the pace of play was bordering on ridiculous especially when there was 5 of them aimless walking about every 'fairway' from the 13th someone from the club really needs to have a word with the uni's about their representatives course etiquette. The staff at the restaurant were pleasant and helpful its just a shame that the state of the course really lets it down as the location, set up, lay out, design is absolutely brilliant if only this course could sort out its drainage it would be up there as one of the best parkland courses in Ayrshire but it is a million miles away from that in its current predicament. I would only consider playing this again if I knew there was no university's playing and there had been a 3 week dry spell in Scotland so really that is highly unlikely as we struggle to go 3 days without rain and this course just can handle the rain.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I don't recommend this course


Commented on 12/08/2017

I am sorry to hear about your review and experience at Rowallan Castle.

Firstly, I can only apologise about the pace of play set by the University group. We have made the organiser aware of your comments and hopefully this wont happen again in the future.

Secondly, regarding the underfoot conditions of the course. I think its fair to say that this has been one of the wettest golfing years on record. In fact, in October we recorded our wettest month since opening the course in 2010. And with November not really being a dry month, the course has had very little rest from the rain.

We are currently working on our winter maintenance programme which sees drainage projects on 6 holes already underway - with more to be installed. We are hoping this will help the course recover quicker after prolonged wet periods, and result in a better experience for all golfers here at Rowallan.

We hope you will return to Rowallan Castle Golf Club in the near future.

Regards

David

Director of Golf

Rowallan Castle Golf Club



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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/02/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

First time playing at Rowallan Castle and I must admit, it was fantastic. Quite long and challenging but was very enjoyable. Food was lovely and staff were very helpful and friendly.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"ROWALLAN"


t400841493's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/28/2017
First time playing Walked Wet weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

On arrival here unfortunately the weather was horrendous. The course was open but should have been closed. The facilities were absolutely first class, only problem was at end of our game they closed the place early & we had nowhere to change our wet clothes.We will come back another time when the weather is more favourable, as the course looks very nice & challenging. Food was excellent, friendly staff , lovely restaurant & would recommend for others to visit.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Waterlogged day out"


u255391539's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/03/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Must be the wettest course I've played. Played in Aug course completely waterlogged. I would only recommend this course in the middle of a heat wave.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I don't recommend this course


"Excellent"


Toffee1's avatar
Skill:  Advanced

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/25/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Well laid out not a bad hole still young only 5 years old but it's a gem


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



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