Whether you are a casual golfer or the next Robert MacIntyre, Glencruitten Golf Course will be perfect for you if you are staying at one of our holiday properties in Oban. Glencruitten Golf Course is James Braid’s hidden gem nestling among the hills of Glencruitten Estate on the outskirts of Oban, Argyll, Scotland.
Flora and fauna abound on the course and in the spring and early summer it’s a splash of colour with the pale-blue iridescence of the harebells and the violent patches of yellow of the whins.
There are mature trees throughout the course and in particular there are two fine specimens of the native Scots Pine of the ancient Caledonian Forest which are protected by Tree Preservation Orders. A considerable amount of new planting has been undertaken and the benefits are yet to come.
Among the fauna, Buzzards are a regular sighting, as are Pheasants, Heron and Deer. Although not visible, there is the remains of a vitrified Roman fort, on top of the hill on the 4th hole, which is a listed ancient monument.
Glencruitten Golf Club has recently been put on the map due to the success of Robert MacIntyre, who Started to focus on golf at the age of 17 after growing up playing his favourite sport, shinty. Between the ages of 13 and 17 played for his local club, Oban Camanachd in his native Scotland.
Enjoyed a fine amateur career by becoming the first player to win the Scottish Youths’ Championship and Scottish Boys’ Open Strokeplay Championship in the same year. Represented Great Britain and Ireland in the 2017 Walker Cup where he beat rising star Cameron Champ 6&4 in the singles. Shone in his maiden season as a professional by finishing inside the top 15 of the Challenge Tour Rankings in 2018 to earn a DP World Tour card. Burst onto the scene in 2019 as he finished 11th in the Race to Dubai and picked up the Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year award after a season that included three runner-up finishes and a tie for sixth place in his Major Championship debut at The Open. Secured his first DP World Tour win the following season at the 2020 Aphrodite Hills Cyprus Showdown. Won his second DP World Tour title in 2022 at the DS Automobiles Italian Open at Marco Simone Golf & Country Club, the same venue which would host the Ryder Cup a year later. Earned an automatic place on Luke Donald’s side for the 2023 Ryder Cup after finishing third on the European Points List. Went undefeated as a rookie in Italy earning two and a half points from three matches.