St Boswells Golf Club
Nr Melrose, Roxburghshire TD6 0DE
Tel : +44 (0)1835 823527

St Boswells golf club was formed in 1899 and was formally opened by the Earl of Dalkeith MP- grandfather of the present Duke of Buccleuch - who was presented with a silver mounted 'cleek' to mark the occasion.

The course is situated close to the village of St Boswells along the south bank of the River Tweed, one of the longest fish rivers (100 miles) in the British Isles and has many species. Of fish an most renowned for its salmon fishing. On the opposite side of the river is the Dryburgh Abbey founded in 1150. This is the burial place of Sir Walter Scott whose home was at Abbottsford on the west side of the Eildon Hills, and also Field Marshall Earl Haig whose nearby home of Bemersyde was gifted to the nation following World War 1.

One of the many attractions of the course is its most scenic and peaceful setting, the only sounds coming form the running waters of the Tweed with accompanying bird songs.

The course is located in the centre of the Scottish borders, and is readily accessible only a short distance from Trunk Route A68.

Further Information
Information herein provided by the club 18 Feb 1999.

Course Details

Course Name: St Boswells Holes: 9 Yardage: 5250 SSS: 66
The original course was laid out by William Park, Musselburgh Open Golf Champion, who wrote in his brief 'the turf is very good and resembles very much the turf to be found on seaside courses'.

The only hiccup in the Club's history took place in 1948 when the river Tweed rose some 1 feet above normal level, once in a century flood, and so much damage was done that the Club was forced to close down. Ten years later the Club was reformed on a temporary lease and was redesigned by John Slade, Duddingston. Play resumed in 1958 and through strenuous efforts by a few members an with financial support from the local community the Club flourished. The fortunes of the Club changed dramatically in 1979 when the course was purchased out right and a few years later in 1985 a new clubhouse was built. Unlike other Border courses the terrain is flat and presents few difficulties other than the River Tweed, which is defined as a 'lateral water hazard'. It is a delightful holiday course with a SSS of 66.

For an appreciation and independent view of this course please see golfer reviews.

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  • Europe Golf courses reviews John Holley. 11/98

    John Holley. wrote on: Oct 31, 1998

    This is one of the most picturesque courses you would ever wish to play. Every golfer has a great chance here. The second hole is one to savour. From an extremely elevated green your tee shot seems to soar into the atmosphere and hopefully land on the green. If you manage to hit the green you 'may' get your par. If you don't, hope to get a four. The whole area has an atmosphere. The famous writer Ludovic Kennedy (Husband of Moira Shearer of 'Red Shoes' fame)has extremely close connections with the area.He has written some of his famous books whilst resident locally. Mr. Kennedy (I'm not sure whether he has been Knighted yet!!!) has played St. Boswells and writes about it with great enthusiasm in his auto-biography 'On My Way To The Club'. If you want a very pleasant round of golf without too many problems set your sights on 'ST. BOSWELLS'.