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    Looking for a new club in Scotland

    Hi folks,

    Long time lurker just looking for some local knowledge and advice.

    I live in Cumbernauld and I'm on the lookout for a new club. I have been playing for around a year and a half and would say I'm absolutely hooked, I'm out any time I get a chance and keep chipping away at my scores. I'm a 23 handicap at the moment. I play right through the winter and it needs to be pretty grim outside to keep me away.

    I currently play at the much maligned Westerwood. It's a brilliant layout IMO but suffers badly in any wet weather and I've decided I won't be keeping it on next year with other better options out there. I also hold an 18-25, intermediate membership for the Fairmont in St Andrews which cost me £250 for the year and have found myself driving up there most weekends to play courses in better condition, unfortunately I'm 26 next month so won't be eligible for next year.

    With all that in mind I'm looking for a new place. I don't mind a bit of a drive for a playable course over Winter as I know the courses in the Glasgow area suffer in the weather. At the age of 26, I'll still be eligible for some Intermediate subs which seem to offer the best value. I'd even consider a combination of two cheaper courses, one nearby and one a bit further afield.

    I know Cawder gets a good name and has a deal on now for £500 with no joining fee. The two courses are attractive as I'd hopefully not struggle for a tee time, I just wonder how it deals with the wet weather.

    The Fife courses seem to offer good value and I could join Aberdour for £280 as a country member (>30 miles). I also played in deepest darkest January up at St Michaels, no mats or winter greens and really enjoyed it, again similar to Aberdour but a treck and a half.

    Prestwick St Nicholas has been highly recommended to me as well and has good value intermediate subs. I love links courses, but have found it a bit busy on my few rounds on the Ayrshire coast.

    Anyway folks, they're just a few examples out of thin air. I'm very open minded but course condition and all year playability are my first priorities. There's so much choice so I would value everyone's recommendations!

    Cheers,

    Gavin

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    Re: Looking for a new club in Scotland

    Dullatur, though it will get quite heavy in winter, as will the 2 Cawder courses, they all use mats in winter.
    Glasgow gailes might be an option.
    Welcome to the forum , watch out for some Scottish meets next year.
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    Re: Looking for a new club in Scotland

    No particular knowledge of courses in that area but the one thing I would advise against is joining a course that's miles away. My experience was that the travelling will become a bind. Good luck making your decision.

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    Re: Looking for a new club in Scotland

    Quote Originally Posted by williamalex1 View Post
    Dullatur, though it will get quite heavy in winter, as will the 2 Cawder courses, they all use mats in winter.
    Glasgow gailes might be an option.
    Welcome to the forum , watch out for some Scottish meets next year.
    West Kilbride GC do a reduced fees deal up to 29 years of age.
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    Re: Looking for a new club in Scotland

    Glenbervie is less than 10 miles away. As well as playing your home golf you Get reciprocal golf at Prestwick StNicholas, Lanark & East Renfrewshire. You can also play Scotscraig for a small fee. Glenbervie is also a James Braid course meaning you get discounted golf at other James Braid courses

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    Re: Looking for a new club in Scotland

    Quote Originally Posted by williamalex1 View Post
    Dullatur, though it will get quite heavy in winter, as will the 2 Cawder courses, they all use mats in winter.
    Glasgow gailes might be an option.
    Welcome to the forum , watch out for some Scottish meets next year.
    We only have mats on 1 of the courses at Dullatur, the Antonine is off the fairway all year round, no mats.

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    Re: Looking for a new club in Scotland

    Quote Originally Posted by ger147 View Post
    We only have mats on 1 of the courses at Dullatur, the Antonine is off the fairway all year round, no mats.
    My apologies Gerry, I stand corrected re mats Is Dullatur a Braids course ?.
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    Re: Looking for a new club in Scotland

    Quote Originally Posted by williamalex1 View Post
    My apologies Gerry, I stand corrected re mats Is Dullatur a Braids course ?.
    Yes it is.

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    Re: Looking for a new club in Scotland

    Quote Originally Posted by ger147 View Post
    Yes it is.
    So a new member would be entitled to reciprocals at other Braid courses. Handy for Gav212 to know,
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    Re: Looking for a new club in Scotland

    All year round golf.

    Has to be links.
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