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Craigrownie Golf Club, Cove, Dunbarton. (1890 - WW2)

Founded 1890.

The 9-hole course was a mile from Kilcreggan Pier on good turf with dry soil. The nearest railway station was at Kilcreggan Pier, and the local hotel was the Roseneath.

Entry from the Golfing Annual 1891/92 - Craigrownie Golf Club; Instituted June, 1890; annual subscription, £1; membership of 25; captain, John Stephen, Craigrownie House; secretary and treasurer - L D Alexander, Summerlea, Kilcreggan; green-keeper, A Brown; green at Ailey Farm. 

In 1906 the secretary was Harry Watson, Villa Marina, Kilcreggan. Visitors’ fees were 1/- a day, 3/- a week and 6/- a month.

In 1914 the secretary was Henry S Keay, Woodburn, Killcreggan and the professional Willie McFarlane. The ladies’ secretary was Miss McLeish, “Glentrae”, Kilcreggan. Club membership was 50. There was no entry fee. Subs for gents were £1/1/0 and ladies 10/6d. Sunday play was not allowed.

Location of the course at the time of WW1.


Craigrownie Golf Club, Cove, Dunbartonshire. The golf course on the 1923 O.S. map.

Ordnance Survey Map © Crown Copyright {1923}


In February 1930 the authoress and golfer Eleanor E Helme described the course as follows “Craigrownie, among the west coast hills of Scotland, the most beautiful golf course in the British Isles”. Elaenor Helme of Ranelagh was a member of the England Ladies’ golf team in 1910.

In May 1925 the ladies’ played a foursome competition, the winners were Mrs MacLeod and Miss Vickerton. Bogey competition result, also played in May; Willliam Wright (9), 2down; Ronald M Teacher (3), 4down.

Result of the ladies medal held on Saturday 16th August 1930 at the Cove course; winner, Miss M Candlish; runner-up, Miss G Mitchell.

In December 1934 Alexander Patterson, who had been green-keeper for ten years, moved to Bishopbriggs Golf Club as head green-keeper.

Result of the March 1935 monthly medal; A F MacLean, 89-12-77; Dr J Campbell MacLean, 88-7-81.

The Martin Trophy played in August 1935 was won by James S McDonald who beat Ian C MacKeane by 3&2.

Result of the April 1938 ladies’ medal; Mrs Jack Steel (19) and Miss Mavor (36) tied on 72. Also played in July was a mixed foursome, result; Mrs D R Murdoch & Wm M Iver, 47½; Miss J Comrie & W Stewart, 48; Miss McEwan & M McFadden, 51½.  

Result of the ladies’ monthly medal for July 1938; Miss J Comrie (30), 73; Miss C Blackwood (29), 76; Miss M Blackwood (22), 78.

Result of the Club Championship played in July 1938; J S McDonald beat I C Mackenzie by 2up.

The final of the Martin Trophy was played in July 1938, William McIver beat J S McDonald by 3&2. 

Result of the ladies’ medal played in August 1938; Mrs Neilson (24), 71; Miss C Blackwood (29), 74. Also in August a ladies’ bogey competition for Mrs Walker’s prize; Miss M Blackwood (22) and Miss Sneddon (32), 1down; Miss C Blackwood (29), 4down. Result of the gents’ monthly medal; W Stewart (12), 70; I C Mackenzie (10), 71.      

Craigrownie Golf Club. Location of the course.

Location of the Craigrownie golf course. Grid reference NS22520 81390, co-ordinates 222520 681390.



Craigrownie appeared until the 1930s.