Mar Hall Golf and Spa Resort Review

Jeremy Ellwood visits Mar Hall Golf and Spa Resort on the banks of the Clyde just ten minutes from Glasgow Airport

Jeremy Ellwood visits Mar Hall Golf and Spa Resort on the banks of the Clyde just ten minutes from Glasgow Airport

Mar Hall Golf and Spa Resort Review

On Course Par 70, 6,507 yards Mar Hall Golf and Spa Resort is an impressive hotel with a Dave Thomas-designed parkland creation, which is now ten years old. The Earl of Mar course is set over gentle slopes by the Erskine Bridge above the River Clyde.

The Erskine Bridge forms an impressive backdrop to the course

It belies its youth with its maturity and offers fine views down to the river and across to the Kilpatrick Hills. Several holes flank the banks, perhaps most memorably the par-5 15th as you play towards the bridge.

The approach to the uphill par-5 opener

You get up close and personal with the imposing structure on the 2nd tee, a strong downhill par 3 to a green well-framed by mature trees, then drop down towards the river on the 3rd before playing along it in an easterly direction for three holes. You then have trees on the fairway to negotiate on the long par-4 7th.

The green on the long par-3 2nd is well-framed by trees

The back nine starts with a very pretty, short par-3 protected by three or four big trees, with the 12th then a fine-looking hole that plays gently up towards the hotel and bridge along the higher terrain. You descend back down to the river banks on the short par-4 14th past one or two sizable bunkers then turn along the river on that 15th hole to play directly towards the bridge.

The short par-4 14th takes you down to the river from the higher ground

Off Course The hotel building at Mar Hall Golf and Spa Resort is a grand, gothic affair looking out over the course. The building was restored to its former glory in 2004, with many original features retained in its conversion to a five-star hotel boasting 52 rooms and suites.

Mar Hall was restored to its former glory when it opened as a hotel in 2004

Chandeliers and elegance abound in the high-ceilinged Cristal Restaurant, where local Scottish produce is the order of the day. Perhaps best of all, Mar Hall lies just 10 minutes from Glasgow airport.

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