24. Glenrothes. 15th July 2015.

Challenging Parkland Golf in Centre of Fife

Weekday round  £18; weekend £22 .   Par 71.  Value (out of 5) – 4.5

1st tee at Glenrothes

1st tee at Glenrothes

Glenrothes golf course is set in a prominent position on the high ground to the west of Glenrothes and offers a mainly parkland setting; some of the back 9 is exposed to the elements with a more heathland feel.

Approach to the 7th at Glenrothes

Approach to the 7th at Glenrothes




It is one of 7 courses managed by the Fife Golf Trust which was established in 2011 to take over Fife Council’s directly managed courses.  This is becoming a common practice by Local Authorities in Scotland to manage golf courses.  The golf club itself is private, like many Scottish clubs associated with publicly owned courses, and welcomes visitors .

The heathland feel of the 12th at Glenrothes

The heathland feel of the 12th at Glenrothes



This is a challenging golf course, with quite wide fairways, although if you stray into the rough you are penalised severely, so be well equipped with balls if you are wayward from the tee.  There are some great individual holes, with the highlights for me being the 9th, 10th and 12th.  The bunkers to the long par 3 10th being very well positioned, so better being long than short.

18th green and clubhouse at Glenrothes

18th green and clubhouse at Glenrothes

The heathland holes on the back 9, 11th through 13th, are exposed to the elements and in a breeze (which I had) proved to be a card wrecker – I was 15 over for these 3 holes, with several lost balls in the heavy rough.   Another thing to be aware of is the large greens, therefore ample opportunity to 3 putt.

Amply named final hole - given my 62 on the back 9.

Amply named final hole – given my 62 on the back 9.

The course was in very good condition when I played, with only some attention to some fairways needed to get to the next level.  However, with a twilight round only £12 (after 3pm), this is fantastic value golf.  I think many visitors to Scotland would be surprised at the quality of such a public golf course.

This is a highly recommended course to play.

Some Facts

Course Type: Parkland/heathland

Par 71 (3 par 5, 11 par 4s, 4 par 3s)

Distance (yellow)   6223 yards

Moly’s Gross Score  107

150715_Glenrothes scorecard

Moly’s Glenrothes Scorecard – 107 (62 on back 9!)


About Moly McMillan

Moly McMillan lives in Broughty Ferry on the east coast of Scotland. He is a self employed business consultant and devotes some of his time to achieving his life long ambition - to play every golf hole in Scotland, every single one!
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