Nestled in the heart of the beautiful Galloway hills, Newton Stewart offers spectacular scenery to complement this mature, 18-hole parkland course.
The course offers all-year-round golf due to its proximity to the Solway Firth and the Gulf Stream, giving the local climate a mild temperate feel.
The club is renowned for its hospitality and visitors can expect a warm welcome at any time, with facilities to cater for singles or groups.
The course is an 18-hole layout measuring 5,806 yards (par 69), with each hole presenting the golfer with its own challenge.
See below for a more detailed description of each hole.
1st - Whinney Knowe
The 1st green is protected by a small hillock with a covering of whin bushes; this can be negotiated by driving the ball up the right side of the generous first fairway. But this means taking on the out-of-bounds and requires an accurate shot. Playing safely to the left leaves a semi-blind second shot to the green. This may seem a tough start, but accurate golf is rewarded.
2nd - Old Edinburgh Road
This hole runs parallel to the first with out-of-bounds again on the right. Driving from an elevated tee, a bunker on the left forces a drive to the centre-right of the fairway. The green is protected by two greenside bunkers. Again, accuracy is rewarded.
3rd - Houlit's Nest
This is the first of the five par threes, playing to a slightly elevated green with a fairly large surface. The green is protected by two mature trees front left and right. If the golfer misses this green, his short game skills will be needed to get a par.
4th - Drumwhirren
This hole starts from an elevated tee to a fairly straightforward fairway, with two bunkers waiting if you stray. The green has no bunkers, but slopes away from the player, making the approach to the green hard to control.
5th - Conifers
This is the signature hole of the course, a slight dogleg right to left and playing uphill. After a good drive, a long shot to the green awaits. The approach is played over a dip in the land and protected by mature trees. A par at this hole is a good score.
6th - Doocot
This is the second of the par 3's. A fairly straightforward hole played slightly up hill, where a straight shot is rewarded and a decent short game is needed if you miss from the tee.
7th - Luk' About 'Ee
This hole is bounded on the left by the Galloway Forest and provides the golfer with spectacular views of the local countryside, from Cairnsmore down Wigtown Bay to the Solway Firth and the Isle of Man. The fairway slopes from left to right with the ideal tee shot flying over Dougie's Stone. The green is accommodating and cut into the hillside. Miss it at your peril!
8th - Preacher's Stone
Sited next to the pond, the tee points to a fairway that has a slight dogleg right to left, rising to a flat-topped ridge protected, on the left, by trees and, on the right, by a bunker. The second shot is played to a green well below the level of the fairway that requires some guile to walk away with your par.
9th - Lily Pond
This is one of the most challenging holes on the course where the fairway doglegs right to left, with out-of-bounds on the right and scrubland on the left. A second feature affecting the drive is a burn running diagonally across the fairway. The approach is to an elevated green where the top of the flagstick is generally all you see. A rewarding par.
10th - Gushet
The third par 3 presents a short shot into a large green, with whin bushes and out-of-bounds to the right. A burn protects the green from an underhit shot. This hole can be a psychological challenge to the golfer.
11th - Glasnick
This is the first par 5, playing downhill all the way over an undulating fairway, which divides the 7th and 8th holes. The extreme width encourages the golfer to open his shoulders. Most will lay up, but it can be reached in two, with long straight hitting. A less ambitious plan is to play down to the top of the ridge, which looks down over a gully to the large green.
12th - Soup Plate
The 4th par 3 and the most visually challenging of them. The hole is played downhill, semi-blind to a broad green protected in front by trees and surrounded by whins. This can be an intimidating tee shot for the gents and can test a player's confidence.
13th - The Dyke
The 2nd par 5, with a slight dogleg left to right needing an accurate tee shot on the left. The golfer is presented with a choice: go for it in two, or lay up. In two, he will be playing to a green protected in front by a hillock, on the right by out-of-bounds and on the left by bunkers. This hole can be eagled or birdied with high risk and reward. The three-shot route allows the golfer a generous lay-up area, but the green is still well protected.
14th - Bower Wood
This hole is played from an elevated tee to a very tight fairway. A fairway bunker and scrub ground on the left makes accuracy essential. Having reached the fairway, the golfer is presented with a difficult approach to the green, protected on both sides by bunkers and behind, by a whinny bank.
15th - Old Minnigaff
A straight drive over the hill using the marker post as guide leaves a short shot to a semi-hidden green, protected in front by greenside bunkers. If the tee shot is right, the hole seems easy; miss the fairway and you can run up a score.
16th - Thorny Brae
A lovely dogleg hole moving sharply left to right. The tee shot is from an elevated position, with a bunker and trees waiting to catch anyone cutting the corner. Rough, trees and a bunker may catch the safer shot on the left. The second shot is played to an elevated green protected on the right by trees, in front by a bunker and at the rear by the boundary dyke.
17th - Punchbowl
The final par 3 is the shortest and looks the simplest. It is played from an elevated tee to a long narrow green that runs diagonally to the line of approach. The green is protected in front by a bunker, on the left by rough and trees and there is a deep depression called the Punchbowl on the right.
18th - Kirroughtree
The home hole is played from a slightly elevated tee to a generous fairway protected by bunkers and trees on the left. The right side is guarded for its full length by the course boundary fence. The green lies between greenside bunkers in front and a high hedge behind.
On completion of play, a warm welcome awaits in the clubhouse where you may enjoy a meal or relax with a drink whilst reflecting on your round.