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4.4
72 Reviews (72)
5 Stars
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1 Stars
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Conditions
4.4
Value
4.7
Layout
4.2
Friendliness
4.7
Pace
4.7
Amenities
4.4
92.8%
Recommend this course
68 out of 72 reviews
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4.4
11 Reviews (11)
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Conditions
4.2
Value
4.4
Layout
4.2
Pace
4.5
Amenities
4.4
StaffFriendliness
4.5
81.8%
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9 out of 11 reviews
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4.5
22 Reviews (22)
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4 Stars
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Conditions
4.5
Value
4.5
Layout
4.2
Pace
4.7
Amenities
4.6
StaffFriendliness
4.7
90.9%
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20 out of 22 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Type Semi-Private
Par 69
Length 5696 yards
Slope 115
Rating 68.3

Short but very demanding, small well kept plateau greens. Some very memorable holes.

Swanston G.C is a very testing course set on the North facing slopes of the pentland hills. There are some tough climbs when playing this course and your stance will rarely be level. The main hazards here are gorse bushes, not trees particularly on the 8th hole which is a 216yrd par 3 played from an elevated tee over a sea of gorse bushes, with more down the right hand side. There are six par threes and no par fives, but don't let that give you the impression that this is an easy course. Another memorable hole is the seventh which is 435yrds slightly uphill and with slight dog-leg to the left, and is nearly always playing in to a stiff breeze.

The clubhouse is small in comparison to most golf clubs but you are guaranteed a warm, friendly atmosphere and some good food once inside. All in all, this is a very good days golf for all levels of play.

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Course Details

Year Built 1927
Golf Season Year round
Architect Ronnie Lumsden (2006)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes - £25
Clubs Yes
Pull-carts Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Golf School Academy Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Indoor Practice Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted Yes
Walking Allowed Yes
Dress code Proper golf attire required

Food & Beverage

Bar, Catering, Restaurant

Available Facilities

Clubhouse, Internet Access

Reviews

4.4
72 Reviews (72)
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Skill Advanced
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4.0
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Previously Played

Great value golf

Played Swanston with a friend. We were both members many years ago so it was fun to play the course again and see all the significant changes that have been made.

The course was great value and all the staff we dealt with were excellent.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Previously Played

Great value game

My friend and I played Swanston for the first time in over 30 years.

The course layout had completely changed and the extremely windy conditions made playing, never mind scoring difficult but we had a great day & thoroughly enjoyed the course.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Great test of golf.wekl kept fairways. Greens excellent. Tees weren't great I'd I'm being honest. But great course course overall

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 26
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Good, challenging course.

First two holes were tough, and costly. After that my round improved and I very much enjoyed playing here. Some cracking vistas to boot!

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
4.0
First Time Playing

Pros and Cons

Pros: Lovely staff, beautifully kept greens and fairways, amazing views of Edinburgh on a clear day

Cons: You will be knackered if you walk round due to the extreme slopes (feels like an 8000 yard course), needs more signage between greens and tees, 13th hole needs 1 or 2 aiming posts as we had no idea where to aim our tee shot or 2nd shot, if it's windy like it was for us it makes it almost impossible to hit alot of the fairways due to the severe sideslopes, very difficult to score well if you're around my level (18 ish handicap)

Summary: If you like crazy slopes and you have the heart and lungs of an Ox, you'll love it. Unfortunately its not what I look for in a golf course. If marmite was a golf course it would be Swanston

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Fair
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Reviews 15
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

SWANSTON

Really enjoyed this course even though it was rather hilly. Some excellent par 3s and very nice greens. Only downside was some holes didn't have any indication of where the next tee was. Will definitely play again.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Beginner
Plays Once every three months
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Great condition

Great condition but easy to lose a few balls if you don't hit the fairways really enjoyed playing

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 25+
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Walked

Good course

This is a good course and is well kept. As a high handicapper, I found the course too hard for my abilities.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Stunning views of Edinburgh

Every hole is different. Once you master the slopes this is a great course to play. Don’t need to be a big hitter. You’ll enjoy the work out and if you play this day in then you’ll be one very fit golfer. The views of Edinburgh and Fife are breathtaking and just take a moment now and again to take it all in. Didn’t lose any balls.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 2
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

First round

Fun course to play, well maintained and friendly staff. Great value for money. Will definitely be back.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 10
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played

Great value

Condition of fairways and greens were very good.. Quite hilly with severe slopes on a number of holes..Would benefit from having a few more signs to indicate nrxt tee... We thoroughly enjoyed the round though. Staff were very friendly.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 5
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Windy weather
Walked

A game of two halves, Brian

The first twelve holes, the original part of the course, are generally interesting and challenging, especially with the strong winds we had to play in. The final third is the new part and should be good in a few years' time when the course has matured, but even with the growth of the trees that have been planted, these holes will not be as interesting as the first twelve. Still, well worth a whirl.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Difficulty Moderate
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