Golf Courses in Glasgow Where You Can Play Without a Membership
Most golf courses in Glasgow are owned by golf clubs who charge a hefty membership fee before allowing you to play. There are, however, options available in Glasgow to play on golf courses without being a member of a club. Here’s a look at the best…
Glasgow Sport, part of the culture and sport arm of Glasgow City Council, run six golf courses across the city (from the West End to the Southside) that operate on a ‘pay as you play basis’. There are courses to suit new golfers and more challenging ones for the experts. The price per round, dependant on season and time, are all less than £10; so it can be a very affordable way to maintain your hobby.
Great Western Golf
Great Western Golf is a golf centre that sports a top of the range driving range that has 72 all-weather heated bays that look over a floodlit course. Their technology will tee your ball for you too. It costs just £7.50 here to practice your swing with 100 balls. They also offer expert tuition from PGA qualified instructors and have an American Golf shop that stocks all golfing essentials. If you want to add a fun element to your day, there is even a dinosaur-themed adventure golf course that kids will love.
At Playsport Golf in East Kilbride, just outside Glasgow, they also have a driving range and it costs £6.50 for 100 balls. At Playsport Gold, they also have an outdoor Heritage Links Course where each of the holes has been based on a hole in UK Open Championship courses. To play on their unique course, it costs £18 for adults for 18 holes and £15 for juniors. Golf enthusiasts will love it as they will recognise aspects of famous courses in its design, and those who just want to practice their game will find its layout enjoyable and challenging. Playsport Golf also has a PGA Coaching Centre to teach budding golfers the basics or help seasoned players improve their game. You can even buy gift vouchers for Playsport Golf and they would make for ideal presents.
If you are thinking about joining a golf club, it’s a good idea to have a think about how often you will actually play and how committed you are, then weigh up the cost against the other public options available to you. If a membership fee seems too high a cost for you, there are many cheap ‘pay as you play’ options available with amazing facilities.
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