Blairbeth Golf Club, South Lanarkshire.
Founded 1910. The club has occupied three sites. The first was to the south of Burnside station, where it stayed for over twenty years. In the 1930s with the urban sprawl spreading it moved further south to a location near Burnside Farm. Finally to its location at Mill Farm, Rutherglen, in 1956.
Sad news; the current course closed in October 2015. The 18-hole tight, and difficult hilly parkland course, measured 5,537 and had a par of 69. It was situated at the foot of Cathkin Braes Country Park with beautiful views over the city of Glasgow. In September 2015 there was a suggestion that the course would be reduced to nine-holes, an attempt to reduce running and maintenance costs, but this never came to fruition. A further factor in the closure was the new drink driving law in Scotland.
Alan McPherson is playing all of Scotland’s golf course to raise funds for Cancer Research. Alan played the Blairbeth course in May 2010. His blog can be found on:-
Although the exact location of the first course remains a mystery a clue on the above map from 1914 may give some idea. I have highlighted Golf Road, this was not on the 1914 or 1920 maps but does appear in the 1930s. Road names are usually a good indication to the former use of the land, this very often happens when a golf course is covered by urban development.