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Gartmain Golf Club, Bowmore, Islay. (1907 - WW2) 

The club was founded in 1907.

Below New Golf Course in Islay.


Gartmain Golf Club, Islay. New Golf Course in Islay at Gartmain.

From The Scotsman Wednesday 13 November 1907. Image © Johnston Press plc.


The course opened on Saturday 9 November 1907; The professional at the time was J Stewart. 

A-9 hole course with a bogey of 41, holes varied in length from 180 to 430yds. It was laid out on fine peaty soil situated on high ground near Loch Indaal commanding fine views. Sunday play was not allowed. In the early years the club closed annually from the 12th April to 12th May (no reason was given for this closure). There was a membership of 100 during the 1920s, decreasing to 50 by closure. The ports at Askaig and Ellen were 10 miles away. Local hotels were the Machrie and the White Hart.


Gartmain Golf Club, Bowmore, Islay. Postcard showing Bowmore from the golf course.

Image courtesy of Frank Accleton.


Gartmain Golf Club, Bowmore, Islay. The opening of the course in 1907.


Gartmain Golf Club, Bowmore, Islay. The opening of the course in November 1907.

The above images are of the opening of the course in November 1907. Courtesy


In 1914 subs for gents were 10/6d, ladies 5/-. Visitors’ fees were 1/- a day, 2/6d a week and 6/- a month.

In 1923 visitors’ fees were 1/6d a day, 3/- a week, 5/- fortnight and 7/6d a month.

In 1940 visitors’ fees had increased to 1/6d a day, 4/6d a week, 7/6d a fortnight and 10/6d a month.


  Secretary Professional/greenkeeper
1907/8   J Stewart (p)
1908/9   Alex Woodrow (p)
1909/14 Alex Robertson, Bowmore, Islay. A Leitch (p)
1920s/40 J Winnard, School House, Bowmore, Islay J Stewart (g)


  Course records
1923 A Robertson (am) 36 J McMillan (pro) 43
1930s D McCalman (am) 35 J McMillan (pro) 40


Gartmain Golf Club, Bowmore. Gartmain from the golf course.

The postcard above was written on 21 July 1936. Postcard by A Cameron, Bowmore, Islay.



Gartmain Golf Club, Bowmore. Golf course location.

Map showing the location of the Gartmain course.



The club had closed by the outbreak of WW2. Following the closure the clubhouse was used as a private dwelling; it was finally demolished in 1986.