Murrayshall Golf and Hotel Review

Investment under new ownership in recent years has raised the bar at Murrayshall near Perth both on and off the course. We went to take a look...

Murrayshall Golf and Hotel Review
Murrayshall Country Estate & Golf Club lies just outside Perth in Scotland (Photo: James Lovett)

Investment under new ownership in recent years has raised the bar at Murrayshall near Perth both on and off the course. We went to take a look...

Murrayshall Golf and Hotel Review

Since coming under new ownership five years ago, the 365-acre country house estate with 28 holes of parkland golf at Murrayshall, three miles north-east of Perth above the Tay, has enjoyed over £2.5 million of investment to elevate the facilities both on and off the courses.

Murrayshall offers 28 holes of fine parkland golf (Photo: James Lovett)
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These improvement works have included all internal areas, bedrooms and suites, which have been beautifully refurbished, and the introduction of an outdoor pursuits programme.

Murrayshall bedrooms have been tastefully refurbished in recent years

The bedrooms have been tastefully refurbished in recent years (Photo: James Lovett)

There have also been significant improvements to both golf courses, including some fairly extensive bunker work.

The Murrayshall Golf and Hotel course

The main Murrayshall course plays around and below the hotel, parts of which date back to 1664. It offers great variety among its holes as the elevation changes ebb and flow. Things rise to a crescendo in the middle of the back nine, where the views are magnificent.

Looking down on the back nine of the Murrayshall course

Looking down on the back nine of the Murrayshall course (Photo: James Lovett)

The par 3s are strong. The delightful little 4th over water contrasts nicely with the sterner 16th along a back-nine ridge. Both nines rise away from the clubhouse and hotel early on before dropping back down.

The lovely little par-3 4th on the Murrayshall golf course

The lovely little par-3 4th on the Murrayshall course (Photo: James Lovett)
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The final drop comes via the testing par-5 17th. Precise play is required here to navigate a route past the trees, before the demanding 200-yard finale.

You may have to thread the needle a little on the par-5 17th on the Murrayshall golf course

You may have to thread the needle a little on the par-5 17th on the Murrayshall course (Photo: James Lovett)
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You’ll certainly remember the sharp dogleg-right 9th along the entrance drive too, fittingly christened Devil’s Elbow. Most will need to hold back off the tee before making the sharp-right turn. But bigger hitters might just be tempted to take on more than they can really chew across the corner.

The Lynedoch course

The Lynedoch course then comprises ten holes a little higher up the slope above the hotel at the foot of the hills.

There are some excellent holes here, with narrower fairways adding to the challenge. By offering an affordable 'Lynedoch only' membership. Murrayshall has been able to significantly increase the number of golfers on its books.

Excellent practice facilities complete the golf offering, with the floodlit driving range extending for 350 yards. It serves up one of the best backdrops anywhere for a spot of practice.

Related: Best Places To Play Golf In Perthshire

Away from the course

Off-course, Murrayshall forms the perfect base for all sorts of other pursuits on or around the Tay. The team at the resort is able to advise on, or organise, walking experiences – guided or otherwise - salmon fishing, paddleboarding, kayak tours and more for hotel guests.

Parts of the Murrayshall hotel date back to 1664

Parts of the hotel date back to 1664 (Photo: James Lovett)

The Lynedoch Brasserie, with views out over the Perthshire countryside, is a great place to eat. So too is Stutts Bar and Grill in the clubhouse, which offers the kind of informal dining experience golfers often crave on their travels.

Relax pre- or post-round on the Courtyard

Relax pre- or post-round on the Courtyard (Photo: James Lovett)

There's also a lovely courtyard area in which to relax before or after your round.

Bold future plans

If ambitious future plans for the resort come to fruition, a further £15 million investment over the next few years would see the addition of a new spa and leisure facility, an outdoor pursuits area, a new golf academy, an indoor games room, premium glamping units and lodges and an upgrade to a Toptracer range. Capacity would double from 40 to 80 rooms.

It's already a great place to visit, but these proposed improvements would make a Murrayshall Stay and Play break an even more appealing attraction.

To book go to murrayshall.co.uk (opens in new tab)

Jeremy Ellwood
Contributing Editor

Jeremy Ellwood has worked in the golf industry since 1993 and for Golf Monthly since 2002 when he started out as equipment editor. He is now a freelance journalist writing mainly for Golf Monthly across the whole spectrum from courses and Rules to equipment and instruction. He also edits The Golf Club Secretary Newsletter, a highly regarded trade publication for golf club secretaries and managers, and has authored or co-authored three books and written for a number of national papers including The Telegraph and The Independent. He is a senior panelist for Golf Monthly's Top 100 UK & Ireland Course Rankings and has played all of the Top 100 plus 91 of the Next 100, making him well-qualified when it comes to assessing and comparing our premier golf courses. He has now played well over 950 golf courses worldwide in 35 countries, right across the spectrum from the humblest of nine-holers in the Scottish Highlands to the very grandest of international golf resorts, but put him on a links course anywhere and he will be blissfully content.

Jezz can be contacted via Twitter - @JezzEllwoodGolf


Jeremy is currently playing...

Driver: Ping G425 LST 10.5˚ (draw setting), Mitsubishi Tensei AV Orange 55 S shaft

3 wood: Ping G425 Max 15˚ (set to flat +1), Mitsubishi Tensei AV Orange 65 S shaft

Hybrid: Ping G425 17˚, Mitsubishi Tensei CK Pro Orange 80 S shaft

Irons 3-PW: Ping i525, True Temper Dynamic Gold 105 R300 shafts

Wedges: Ping Glide 4.0 50˚ and 54˚, 12˚ bounce, True Temper Dynamic Gold 105 R300 shafts

Putter: Ping Fetch 2021 model, 33in shaft (set flat 2)

Ball: Varies but mostly now TaylorMade Tour Response