Whitehill House, Rosewell, EH24 9EG, Scotland
0131 440 0594, 0776 6792514, Fax: 0131 440 1736
Golf Course Says
Whitehill House is a gothic revival mansion that was previously owned by the Catholic Church. The house is now owned by developers and Whitehill House Golf Club has been built in the extensive grounds. The course was designed by John Chilver-Stainer who has been greatly responsible for the renaissance in Swiss golf courses over the past 15 years or so. The nine hole course meanders its way through mature parkland and the par 35 included numerous doglegs, three challenging par 3s and a par five. The feature hole is undoubtedly "Ramsay's Revenge" a par three over a gorge to a green that is well protected by sand.
Golfalot Review of Whitehill House Golf Club
We arrived at Whitehill House Golf Club without ever really hearing about it before. After we'd played we couldn't understand why it was such a hidden gem: It is only about 25 minutes from Edinburgh and at 20 pounds for 18 holes it is not bad value at all. The use of doglegs transforms the naturally quite flat landscape into a real challenge without making the course too much of struggle to walk and the doglegs also give you options off the tee on some holes. With so many clubs these days boasting about signature holes it was a real pleasure to arrive at the eigth tee and see why Whitehall Golf Club are so proud of this par three. Your first reaction is "what a great golf hole" and your second is "a par here will do me just fine." The clubhouse is not manned all the time (which must make this one of the few courses in the area to operate an honesty box) although on our trip a club official was on hand to talk us through the layout and offer us a cup of tea when we reached the turn. The greens were slow which will not be to everyone's taste but the course is generally well maintained. For a leisurely, friendly game of golf you could do far worse than visit Whitehill House.
|Tom Hall||29/09/2008 13:51:21|
I had never even heard of Whitehill House before I played but it really is worth a trip and, for my money, the best value nine hole course in the area. The use of doglegs has made a real challenge out of what would otherwise be a quite gentle landscape. The greens were slow but that is probably as a direct result of the run of bad weather and the 8th hole - a par three over a wooded gorge - more than makes up for any problems. A new course that is maturing nicely I'm amazed that Whitehill House has stayed a secret for so long.
Millionaires’ golf is guaranteed at Whitehill House GC, a wonderfully secret 9 hole course near Edinburgh. The driveway is nearly a mile off the main road and the holes of the course play around three sides of a spectacular gothic mansion house. Built by the golf-mad house owner about 5 years ago, the course is rapidly developing into a great wee test of golf. Nice, if a little soft, greens come at the end of spacious, generally flat fairways, some of which, like the 6th, have wicked dog-legs. It's the signature 8th, par 3, hole that is the best though, playing over a huge ravine all the way from tee to green. My other favourite is the par 4, 5th hole which is in a fantastic setting with views of the house on the left and a magnificent strand of pine trees behind the green. If you've been to the Lost Gardens of Helligan in Cornwall, you'll quite understand why I think Whitehill House GC is the Scottish golfing equivalent, with its mile long tree-lined driveway, leading to a magnificent and unexpected mansion house and the wonderful wee course draped all around it. Couple this with the ever-quiet car park, and friendly, welcoming staff and you're in for a real treat. Go and enjoy, but make sure you keep it a secret!
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