The greens and tees have been designed to Championship length with each green being approximately 500 square metres. The holes are intended to present a fair test for golfers of all abilities.
The length of the eighteen-hole course is 6,357 yards with a par of 72 and a standard scratch of 71. Those who fancy a sterner challenge can elect to play from the Medal tees on each of the holes, adding 138 yards to the total length and making 6,495 yards in total.
The round starts from the clubhouse with an uphill hole by the same name as the clubhouse itself, Lagmore. Whether as hole 1 or 10, a straight and lengthy drive is required to ensure that as low an iron as possible is required to approach a well protected green. Two distinctly different sets of tees permit two distinctive and challenging nine holes to be played.
The round starts from the clubhouse with an uphill hole by the same name as the clubhouse itself, Lagmore. Whether as hole 1 or 10, a straight and lengthy drive is required to ensure that as low an iron as possible is required to approach a well protected green.
The second and eleventh hole, Drumnagrain, is a deceivingly short par 3, with the emphasis being on triumphing over the likely windy conditions on what is the highest part of the course.
Tullochcarron Castle combines a scenic drive with an approach in to an amphitheatre style green, protected by the high banks of gorse. Stone walls and a stream crossing the fairway are there to collect the second shots that do not rise to the challenge of this par 4.
The High Drive (holes 4 and 13) is a par 5 that involves the need to be very accurate with the drive, leaving a second shot that drops dramatically to land on the lowest level of the course. The shot on to the green should be straightforward if the previous shot has left the ball on the lefthand side of the fairway, this being an awkwardly positioned green.
The Oaks is a par 4 that plays very differently depending on which set of tees is being used. Although a straightforward drive, the second needs to carry a considerable quantity of dead ground and land on a narrow green.
The Haugh (holes 6 and 15) takes the player back across the lower level and is a hole that requires an accurate drive to avoid the well-placed bunkers, before a deceptively easy shot into the green for the par 4 – with a bank and trees behind, a bunker to one side and dead ground in front, mistakes are not unlikely.
The spectacular short par 3, Tall Pines, with its green position on the bank of the River Avon, provides for a challenging test of short iron play. Playing out towards mature Scots pine trees with the heather hills behind makes this hole the signature hole for the course – certainly it is the most photogenic!
Avonside (holes 8 and 17) has the most challenging drive on the course. Driving out through Scots pine, the landing area seems impossibly small – it is! Whether being played as the par 4 or par 5, the second shot into the green is challenging given the surrounding bunkers and stone wall.
Finally, after a short climb up to the middle level, the golfer is challenged by a strong finishing hole, The Hall. Setting off behind Lady Macpherson-Grant’s Hall, this par 4 requires an accurate approach shot for the ball to hold on a plateau green, a splendid position for both a par and the final handshake in front of Lagmore, the clubhouse.