Oatridge Golf Course
Opened in 2000 by local golfing hero and former Ryder Cup captain Bernard Gallacher, Oatridge Golf Course is truly a hidden gem. Set among gently rolling parkland by the village of Ecclesmachan, the course has become very popular among beginners and experienced players alike, and has been described as “the best 9-hole course in Scotland”.
Golf equipment, trolleys and buggies are available for hire, and golfers can enjoy a coffee and a snack in the clubhouse before or after their round. There is a large practice putting green, a practice area with bunkers and a double practice bay for that last minute warm-up before teeing off.
A warm welcome awaits all visitors to Oatridge Golf Course, where you are guaranteed an enjoyable day’s golf in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. To uphold the traditions of the game of golf, a standard golfing dress code is in place, with all golfers required to dress in a smart, casual manner.
Membership to BINNY GOLF CLUB is available, with the members enjoying a full and varied fixture list, and an active and well supported social calendar.
1st hole (Par 5) - A downhill tee shot to a generous fairway gets the round under way. Two of the many mature specimen trees to be found on the course come into play for the second shot, so straight hitting is required to leave a clear approach shot to the slightly elevated 1st green.
2nd hole (Par 3) - Plenty club is required on this inviting short hole - all the trouble, in the shape of three bunkers, is at the front of the green.
3rd hole (Par 4) - Danger lurks everywhere on this driveable par 4, with bunkers, a pond with a stream running across the fairway and a centuries old oak tree guarding the two tiered green. Play safe from the tee, and favour the left side with your approach to make sure of your par.
4th hole (Par 4) - Avoiding the fairway bunker on the right will leave an easy approach to the flattest green on the course. Greenside bunkers will make life difficult if the tee shot has strayed off line, but this is a definite birdie chance.
5th hole (Par 4) - Long hitters are often tempted to “cut the corner” on this left-to-right dogleg in an attempt to drive the green, but water behind and two right-hand bunkers mean that a tee shot favouring the left side is the percentage play.
6th hole (Par 4) - This subtle right-to-left dogleg requires a solid tee shot to catch the downslope on the fairway. The approach shot requires plenty of club to reach the elevated green which is some 35 yards long and protected by a deep bunker and overhanging sycamore tree on the left and an out-of-bounds fence adjacent on the right.
7th hole (Par 4) - A real card wrecker! An imposing carry needs to be made to reach this wide fairway, but the danger doesn’t end there. Several large oak trees guard the right hand side, and a burn 100 yards short of the green needs to be negotiated. Respite comes in the shape of a green which gathers the ball from both sides.
8th hole (Par 3) - An accurate tee shot will avoid the two bunkers which eat into the right hand side of this green. A ball landing at the front of the green will benefit from the gentle slope from front to back. Par is always a bonus here.
9th hole (Par 4) - A drive favouring the left side will avoid interference from a huge chestnut tree to the right of the fairway and set up an uphill approach to another generous target. The deep bunker to the right of the green is to be avoided at all costs, so take plenty of club and aim up the left hand side from where the ball will gather on to the green.
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