Rowallan Castle Golf & Country Club

3.6312352941 3.6 stars from 5 (37)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 71
  • Length: 6968 yards
  • Layout

  • Rowallan Castle, Kilmaurs, East Ayrshire, KA3 2LP
  • +44 (0) 1563 530550
  • +44 (0) 1563 538648
  • www.rowallancastle.com
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Year built: 2010
Architect(s): Colin Montgomerie (2010), European Golf Design (2010)
Type: Private
Style: Parkland

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Practice bunker: Yes
Indoor practice facilities: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes
Golf school / academy: Yes - "Rowallan Castle Golf Academy"

Policies

Dress code: Appropriate golf attire. No jeans/trainers.

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Championship 71 6968 yards N/A N/A
Medal 71 6709 yards N/A N/A
Gents 71 6284 yards N/A N/A
Red (W) 73 5537 yards N/A N/A

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 3.6 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 4.0 stars from 5
Value: 3.8 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.2 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.3 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.5 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 2.8 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 37 Reviews
5 stars:
11
4 stars:
12
3 stars:
8
2 stars:
2
1 stars:
4

recommend this course

26 out of 37 reviews


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"Absolute mire"


d53252345's avatar
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/13/2018
First time playing Walked Perfect weather

Reviewed on

Bearing in mind that we have had a nice spell of weather, I couldn't believe how wet and boggy the course is. Fairways are in very poor condition, greens not much better and not a yardage marker in sight. It's a shame as the course layout and facilities are good and the grounds are beautiful.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I don't recommend this course


"True teat"


t576327112's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/21/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Long coarse magnificent greens ....bring your 3 and 5 wood and be sure to putt well. True gem ...


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



t1059553026's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/18/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course



Scotgolfer7's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/13/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Off course wasnt open other than pro shop so cant comment. Course condition was decent for this tome of year. Back nine was a bit heavy going


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Poor


I recommend this course


Commented on 02/08/2018

Thank you for your review Scotgolfer7.

We hope to see you back at Rowallan when the summer arrives.

Regards

David

Director of Golf

Rowallan Castle Golf Club


"Its a real shame"


Heavymetalgolfer's avatar
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/19/2017
Previously played

Reviewed on

Yes this is winter but this course is absolutely soaking, tees and greens quite good but everything in between is close to abysmal also teed off behind a group of youths playing a university tie who were extremely slow eventually teed off 20 mins late and got held up on nearly every single hole the pace of play was bordering on ridiculous especially when there was 5 of them aimless walking about every 'fairway' from the 13th someone from the club really needs to have a word with the uni's about their representatives course etiquette. The staff at the restaurant were pleasant and helpful its just a shame that the state of the course really lets it down as the location, set up, lay out, design is absolutely brilliant if only this course could sort out its drainage it would be up there as one of the best parkland courses in Ayrshire but it is a million miles away from that in its current predicament. I would only consider playing this again if I knew there was no university's playing and there had been a 3 week dry spell in Scotland so really that is highly unlikely as we struggle to go 3 days without rain and this course just can handle the rain.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I don't recommend this course


Commented on 12/08/2017

I am sorry to hear about your review and experience at Rowallan Castle.

Firstly, I can only apologise about the pace of play set by the University group. We have made the organiser aware of your comments and hopefully this wont happen again in the future.

Secondly, regarding the underfoot conditions of the course. I think its fair to say that this has been one of the wettest golfing years on record. In fact, in October we recorded our wettest month since opening the course in 2010. And with November not really being a dry month, the course has had very little rest from the rain.

We are currently working on our winter maintenance programme which sees drainage projects on 6 holes already underway - with more to be installed. We are hoping this will help the course recover quicker after prolonged wet periods, and result in a better experience for all golfers here at Rowallan.

We hope you will return to Rowallan Castle Golf Club in the near future.

Regards

David

Director of Golf

Rowallan Castle Golf Club



Scottveitch's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/02/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

First time playing at Rowallan Castle and I must admit, it was fantastic. Quite long and challenging but was very enjoyable. Food was lovely and staff were very helpful and friendly.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"ROWALLAN"


t400841493's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/28/2017
First time playing Walked Wet weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

On arrival here unfortunately the weather was horrendous. The course was open but should have been closed. The facilities were absolutely first class, only problem was at end of our game they closed the place early & we had nowhere to change our wet clothes.We will come back another time when the weather is more favourable, as the course looks very nice & challenging. Food was excellent, friendly staff , lovely restaurant & would recommend for others to visit.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Waterlogged day out"


u255391539's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/03/2017
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Reviewed on

Must be the wettest course I've played. Played in Aug course completely waterlogged. I would only recommend this course in the middle of a heat wave.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I don't recommend this course


"Excellent"


Toffee1's avatar
Skill:  Advanced

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/25/2017
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Reviewed on

Well laid out not a bad hole still young only 5 years old but it's a gem


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Poor"


u227544748's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/16/2017
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Reviewed on

The course is playing like the middle of the winter. The course is saturated and has daisies growing in the middle of fairway. In addition some greens looked infected.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Fair

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Poor


I don't recommend this course


"Big course"


u717658347's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/24/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Nice course, if it been wet it will stay wet. When it's dry it's a real test of golf. Love the course & would play again


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Great Layout, Poor Condition"


waynerepton's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  25+

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/13/2017
First time playing Walked Windy weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Lets start with the positives, the layout of this course is fantastic and there are some amazing holes. Unfortunately, it was in very poor condition. Most holes were very boggy (it had rained leading up to the day - but not that much).


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I don't recommend this course


"Great course to play"


u322557868's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/31/2017
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Reviewed on

Played this course with my.wife we were enthralled with the Improvements made from 4 years ago would play this course again views were spectacular.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Great challenge"


mark8312988's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/30/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

A great course with lots of challenging holes as it should be on a championship course, bunkers are to be avoided and there is lots of them all in a great experience and definitely will be back.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Excellent"


t744291590's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/13/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course was great even in the rain.

Would highly recommend and will be back


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course



t1128010295's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/11/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

good layout , tough course, too many bunkers in the middle of fairways otherwise good.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


Commented on 05/29/2017

Thank you for your review and hopefully we will see you back at Rowallan Castle again this season.


"Disappointed"


u000005247043's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/07/2017
Previously played Walked Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Having played the course before was looking forward to it but it was a disappointing experience. The fairways had not been cut for a good number of days as the daisies were out in full force and trying to find a ball even on the fairway was a challenge. However the main issue was the greens. Their condition was very poor. They had been hollow tined and sanded but for May they were not good - bumpy and the ball didn't go where it should when it hit a hole. For this time of year they should have been much better. Cost to play was therefore disappointing.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Poor

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course


"Very poor course"


t1556804088's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/04/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Played on the 5th may 2017 course is a great layout but conditions of fairways and greens were horrific fairways were bare greens were probably worse greens I have played on very bear and bumpy

Looked to have been cored in the last couple of weeks green and fairways full off Moss very disappointed


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I don't recommend this course


Commented on 05/29/2017

We are sorry to hear that you didn't enjoy your game here at Rowallan.

Due to some course maintenance work, the cold and dry weather that we experienced affected the recovery period on the course.

We hope this hasn't put you off visiting Rowallan again this season.


"Some change in 8 months."


t745144845's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/01/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This is not my first time playing this course and the last couple of times it has been exceptionally wet underfoot, and it was summer 2016 I played last.

Went to rowallan castle on Monday and found the course to be in good condition and lovely dry fairways,greens were hollow cored and a bit hairy and bumpy but it's early in the season.

Well done rowallan castle green staff good job:) I will be back 100%.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Rowallan Golf Club"


u9755568's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/01/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Excellent layout and course was in decent condition for the time of year.Food in the Glasshouse Restaurant was really good


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



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