Blairgowrie Golf Club is charmingly situated at the feet of the Grampian Mountains amongst glorious pine, birch and heather. The club was founded in 1889 when a nine-hole course was laid out close to the Black Loch on land owned by the Marchioness of Lansdowne.
Dr Alister MacKenzie was commissioned to extend the course to 18 holes in 1914, but the Great War delayed the opening until 1927. Then, in the 1930s, James Braid was called in to add a further nine holes and create a new 18-hole layout. Today’s Rosemount is therefore a James Braid design with a sprinkling of Alister MacKenzie. The original nine-hole course remains and it’s a charming 2,327-yard heathland track called the Wee.
The Rosemount is definitely a very pretty and classy inland course, the crisp turf has a moorland feel to it with the fairways pitching and rolling through avenues of trees.Each hole is carved through the trees, which provide a natural amphitheatre for a calm and tranquil round of golf.
From start to finish the holes are good and varied, but the best holes are left until last.The 17th is especially noteworthy, a lovely par three called “Plateau” with a two-tiered green. The pro’s tip is to take plenty of club, to get on the right level and avoid three putts.
The Rosemount is regularly voted in the top twenty Scottish courses and it does deserve its plaudits for it is an excellent course. There is nothing dramatic or significantly difficult about this layout. You can open your shoulders, as the fairways are generously wide. The course is maintained to a very high standard and all this makes for a good, honest and enjoyable golf.Perhaps it’s a course to which you might want to retreat after you have had enough buffetting at the seaside.
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From the first contact this was a good experience. That continued on the warm greeting in the pro shop and bar. We were a varied group of pro, me, good lady player and good junior. We were very well looked after at every turn. The course itself is lovely, reminiscent of a Surrey heathland or similar. Great variety and some memorable holes with beautiful springy turf. We all agreed that we would travel up just to play this course.
Finally played last week, and despite frost and the odd patch of snow on the course all full greens were in play by late morning and in good condition, if understandably a little slow. The clubhouse was very nice and the staff and members very friendly. We had a very enjoyable and good value game of golf, but I can't help thinking that the course itself is a little over rated from the yellow tees. A number of the holes were a little samey, and the layout not as interesting as the lower rated Ladybank and Gleneagles Queens. I am sure that it will be an even more pleasant experience once Spring finally arrives, and definitely worth playing, but potential players are not well served by exaggerated expectations.
I have never had a good score on this course in about 6 attempts. But I'll keep coming back because it is just that good a course. You'll be hard pressed to find better quality and value for money. Brilliant
booked a days golf on the 2 courses, played the Lansdowne in the morning, after a huge bacon roll in the wondreful clubhouse,and wow what a great course , some great holes and the greens were fantastic, i was now wondering how the Rosemount could be better,but after a great lunch,we headed out , and from the first hole, we were hooked, it really is a superb course,miss the fairways and you really are in trouble, great par 3s, overall a superb course, i would tell anyone thinking of playing Blairgowrie, go for the 1 day package, because we played on a monday and they had a carvery for dinner and i tell you it was the icing on a superb day out golfing on 2 really great courses, cant wait to go back
The recently upgraded clubhouse facilities at Blairgowrie are second to none, with adjacent paths and grassed areas kept in immaculate condition – nothing fussy or grandiose, just everything kept in its own, understated place. The Rosemount yardage booklet makes mention of the club’s attempt, over the last 100 years, to maintain a “strict standard of quality and tradition” both on and off the course and, believe me, they do that with consummate ease.
The round gets off to a flier with what my playing partner and I agreed is one of the best opening holes in Scottish golf, a left doglegged par four, played to a beautifully sited raised green guarded by a pair of bunkers to the left. From the third hole onward, it’s evident that most of the bunkers on the course have been reworked in recent times. Perhaps they’re not all as aesthetically pleasing as the lovely heather backed sand traps on the 2nd (which would not look out of place at either the celebrated Berkshire or Sunningdale courses) but their visual appeal is very easy on the eye, nonetheless. The routing is far more imaginative that that of its younger sibling next door - who says the old-time course architects didn’t know much about golf design? - but in fairness, the Rosemount is laid out on the best landscape on the property, culminating in a fine golfing flourish on the final four holes. Starting at the very short 15th (which somehow works for a hole measuring only 130 yards from the back tees – four cavernous bunkers close to the putting surface and a wickedly undulating green proves that short can be difficult) and ending with the slightly right doglegged 18th where the green lies right in front of the magnificent clubhouse (as all home holes should, of course), this stretch of holes around the Black Loch are a very fitting way to conclude a round on one of the very best inland courses in Scotland.
The club seem to market itself more competitively these days with many attractive packages on offer in the golf magazines and on the web. Discerning golfers who fancy a fine golf experience away from the traditional links on the coast would be foolish to miss an opportunity to put their skills to the test at Blairgowrie. Jim McCann
played this course early summer '07', absolute magnificent course and well worth the green fee's!
Very nice clubhouse and surroundings, alongside 3 beautiful courses.Rosemount course has some challenging but delightful holes to play against, par 72.
Definetly worth going back to as it's one of Scotlands hidden gems id say so, thank you for the pleasant welcome and many thanks to ground staff!
Nice little parkland course, well manicured and fun to play. Easy to walk. Hit it sideways and you'll shoot a million but hit it decent and you can score. Not quite as good as Downfield but better than Letham Grange.
This is a tree lined course with superb greens and is always in excellent condition. The Rosemount has wider fairways than the neighbouring Lansdowne course but both are similar with a mix of tricky par thres, birdiable par 5's and difficult par 4's. I can see what other posters mean by the course being a bit 'samey'. I have played here 4 or 5 times and still cant 'think my round' the courses hole by hole which would make you think they were not memorable. However the beauty of Rosemount is that while each hole may be hard to recall the over all expereince is fantastic and the new club house has brought top level facilities to the after golf experience as well. Very good course(s) that you should play and a welcome change from the links!
It's not really fair to compare Blairgowrie to Sunningdale in the same way that it's unreasonable to compare Sunningdale to Ballybunion. I think Blairgowrie is a unique and valuable Scottish asset. It's a delightful place to spend some time, let alone play golf. Having played here on three separate occasions and across three seasons I found the course to be in top condition at each visit. Well worth playing.
Played on a drizzly, Autumn afternoon in 2001 and felt the course was not as good as the Lansdowne that I'd played in the morning - though maybe I'd played better am than pm! The course was in great shape for the time of year and I remember I didn't remove the driver from my golf bag once all day as it is so important with trees lining most holes to keep the ball in play on the fairway. I noted at the time that I would like to return on a good day, but I also noted that the green fees were overpriced for what was on offer and I stand by that comment. A lot of money has been spent on the refurbishment of the clubhouse so maybe I will return and play the Rosemount course in the morning this time... James McCann
Just played Rosemount for the third time. Course presentation, drainage,etc. are first-class and beautiful late autumn colours everywhere but the course still leaves me underwhelmed. Every tee offers a similar challenge (thread drive between tall trees) and the flatness of it all gives a sameness to the experience. It is hard to remember individual holes for this reason, but the best are 1,16 and 17.
Certainly worth playing but over-rated in my opinion.