Where to play golf in Dundee: Our guide to the best courses in and around the city


Dundee could easily claim to be the best city in the whole of the UK for fans of golf.

As well as the wide range of courses around the city itself, Dundee is within a short drive of some of the very best and most famous in the world.

St Andrews’ Old Course, the very Home of Golf, is only a 20-minute drive to the south.

Carnoustie, home to The Open in 2018, is another short drive away. As if that’s not enough, you’ll also find Gleneagles within an hour’s drive.

 

In the city

There are two local authority-owned courses in Dundee: Camperdown Park and Caird Park.

Both are reasonably priced and well looked after, but we’d recommend Camperdown if you can only play one.

Nearby is the excellent Downfield Golf Club. It’s open to visitors and has been hailed as one of the best parkland courses in Britain.

On the northern outskirts of the city is Ballumbie Castle Golf Club. It’s another reasonably priced option and gives you plenty of room to swing the club.

 

Others to consider

The Monifieth Medal course is a great test and regularly hosts major Scottish competitions. It is also used for Open Championship qualifying when the tournament comes to nearby Carnoustie. While the Medal is the premier course, don’t rule out the Ashludie track. It’s much shorter but perfect for a quick round of 18.

Play at Monifieth Links.

Carnoustie Burnside and Buddon: not as fearsome as the full Championship course, but sharing much of the same investment in quality, these are excellent and affordable introductions to the Carnoustie experience. The Burnside has long been regarded as the best of the two, but the Buddon has benefited from major revamps in recent years. You’ll have a great time whichever you choose. Or just play them both!

Angus, to the north of Dundee, has a great selection of brilliantly run clubs. Kirriemuir, Edzell, Montrose and Alyth just across the border in Perthshire are all fantastic inland courses. But our pick in terms of accessibility to Dundee would be Forfar. You’ll love the tree-lined fairways and the gorgeous views across the surrounding countryside. A real gem at any time of the year.

Finally, if you’re happy to make the trip over the Tay Road Bridge there’s another fabulous course across the water in Tayport. Scotscraig Golf Club is another Open qualifying course, when the championship is at St Andrews, and there’s a great friendly atmosphere throughout.

Richard Rooney

Richard Rooney

The Courier's online editor.