Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Burrow Head Holiday Village Pitch and Putt Course - Course no 619

St Medan GC claims to be the most southerly golf course in Scotland and is a fine course. However, when in the area on holiday recently, Stu found this small 9-hole Par 27 pitch and putt course that's just a few miles further south, near the village of Isle of Whithorn (not an island by the way!) in Dumfries and Galloway. The Burrow Head Holiday Village is basically a large top of the range caravan site, right on the coast. The pitch and putt course forms part of the leisure and recreation facilities available for holidaymakers and is generally an easy test for experienced golfers, aimed primarily at family entertainment rather than serious golf.  Accordingly, some might question whether we are right to include this little course in our list of Scottish golf courses.  As we've said before, it's difficult to draw the line, so we include any course with fixed tees and greens, irrespective of the length or number of holes.

The holes here are all in the 50-70 Yard long range - there was no scorecard.  My scores of 4, 3, 3, 4, 3, 3, 3, 4, 3 for a 30 total with 13 putts reflect the condition of the course rather than its difficulty.  Frankly, the greens were awful, but it's late season and no doubt the course is presented to a higher standard during the Summer months.  Here are a few photos showing the general layout and condition of the course. 

As I've suggested, the course isn't much of a test for serious golfers, apart for the 8th that is.  This is the view from the 8th Tee, with the flag barely visible beyond heavy rough. Maybe the tee had been moved away from a worn or boggy area, but I didn't see any signs of a more obvious location.  I'd been carrying my putter, 9 iron and lob wedge and I reckon the 8th was around 55 Yards.  My 4 was actually quite good in the circumstances.  I wouldn't play the Burrow Head course again, though. St Medan GC is a far more interesting challenge for the serious player.

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