Based in West Lothian, Bathgate Golf Course is fairly good golf course in West Lothian region and at only £20 for a round during the week, its one of the best value golf clubs as well.
Bathgate Golf Course starts with a good par 5 followed by a long par 4 at 451 yards. It combines a great mix of golf holes and if the wind picks up, the golf course plays much harder and longer. The 3rd Hole, Par 4, 329 yards is a great dogleg to the right and if you are brave you could cut the corner. Sometimes the holes feel more like a links course than a parkland course.
The greens are fairly large and very good. They are hard but react well to the ball and the speed of the greens is regular throughout the course.
The Par 3, 17th is a tough short hole with a burn running a meter of the front of the green and the green runs down towards the burn so playing long leaves a tough downhill putt.
And when you are playing the 18th, try to avoid the road just before the green otherwise your ball could end up miles behind the green.
The Club house is good, food and drinks are reasonably priced, so if you are looking for fun, a not too long but altogether challenging golf course in West Lothian, Bathgate Golf Course should be on your list.
What the Club Says
The Club crest principally depicts the Bathgate Castle. This castle, the site of which can be seen on the 10th hole of the course, was presented to Walter Stewart as part of his wife Marjory's dowry from her father King Robert the Bruce in 1328. The site is protected by the Historic Scotland organisation and the Club is debarred from carrying out any excavation work on the site without prior permission. (Divots are allowed!)
The Club was formed at a meeting held on 12th May 1892 and the original 9 holes layout was prepared by Mr William Park (Junior) of Musselburgh. The course was officially opened on 22nd June 1892 by the Master of the Edinburgh Merchant Company who were the superior landlords of the land on which the course was situated. This link remains until today with an annual match played between the clubs. The course was extended to 18 holes and a match between two professionals marked the official opening on 11th May 1907, Mr Ben Sayers of North Berwick and Mr Willie Fernie of Troon partnered by two amateur members of the Club. The club and ball used to open the course are on display in the Club trophy cabinet. In 1935 Mr James Braid was invited to review the course and his recommendations led to improvements and changes which formed part of the ongoing development of the Club. The course provides an excellent test of golf, evidenced by the quality of players it has produced. The Club has the probably unique claim to be the only Club ever to have produced two Ryder Cup Captains in Eric Brown and Bernard Gallacher. Eric captained the side in 1969 and 1971 and Bernard of course in 1991, 1993 and 1995. The Club has produced other international players most notably Stephen Gallacher who represented his country at Boys, Youths and Senior level and is now a successful touring professional.
£25.00 (Jnr £25.00)
Sorry, this club has not added their Membership prices.