Lanark Golf Club

This moorland course is perhaps the oldest inland courses in the world!

Lanark Golf Club

Lanarkshire, ML11 7RX, Scotland


You open and close your round with two holes from the original six-hole golf course dating to 1851!

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It may surprise some to learn that Lanark Golf Club is the 25th oldest golf club in the world! The moorland golf course dates to 1851 and is located in the Upper Clyde Valley around Lanark Loch offering spectacular views of the South Upland Hills.

Early History at Lanark Golf Club

In 1851, the course consisted of just 6 holes. In 1853, it was shortened to 5 holes. By 1857, the holes numbered 10. In 1869, the club added 3 holes bringing the number to 13. An additional hole was found in 1885 bringing the total to 14.

Foundation of the Modern Golf Course

The course was finally updated to 18 holes in 1897 by George Sayers who chose the green sites. The routing was decided upon by Old Tom Morris.

In 1909, Ben Sayers would alter two holes, the 7th, and 8th. In 1927, James Braid added the 10th, 11th, 13th, and 14th holes.

The only original holes from 1851 still in play at the Lanark Golf Club are the 1st and 18th.

Holes by Architect

  • Original 1851 – 1 & 18
  • Ben Sayers – 7 & 8
  • James Braid – 10, 11, 13, 14
  • George Sayers & Old Tom – 2-6, 9, 15-17 (unconfirmed)
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Featured Architect: MacKenzie, Alister

As taken from his book, Golf Architecture, Alister MacKenzie felt the following were essential: The course, where possible, should be arranged in two loops of nine holes. There should be a large proportion of good two-shot holes and at least four one-shot holes. There should be little walking between...

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Lanarkshire, ML11 7RX, Scotland
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