Course: Glencairn Golf Club (Scotch Block to Leithfield)
Location: Milton, ON
Length: 5454 to 6922 Yards
Par: 72
Driving Range: Yes
Practice Area: Yes
Website: https://glencairn.clublink.ca/
Total Holes on Property: 27

Halfway House
Clubhouse
View of Clubhouse from on-course

The best phrase I can use to describe Glencairn would be “upscale links.” Operated under the ClubLink umbrella of courses, they do a tremendous job here of combining first-class amenities and top-notch course maintenance with a traditional, linksy layout. Located in Milton, ON it is a quick drive from Toronto and offers a nice respite from the hustle and bustle of the GTA while still technically being in it. Not many courses that I’ve played have the stone-walled burns strewn throughout the course that you would see at a place like Carnoustie or St. Andrews, and with the Scottish style bunkering and fescue lined fairways, this is a unique experience and although it is tough, it’s still fun.

Putting Green
Driving Range

Pros

  • Loved that they had proper signage to lead you from one hole to the next. Too many courses neglect providing this and it gets confusing at times.
  • Clubhouse was gorgeous. First class all the way and everyone I interacted with from the half way house person, starter and pro shop were all super friendly.
  • Amenities were very nice, on par with the club house. Particularly the driving range.
  • Rate of play was fantastic. Even though we played on a Monday it seemed like the course was pretty packed and we didn’t run into the foursome ahead of us.
  • The course was very fair (Leithfield was a tough nine holes though). I loved the holes that had the burns with the bridges, it made the holes fun to play… Though they did claim a few of my balls
  • The greens had some fun twists & turns which made you think more about your putts
  • For anyone who hasn’t played the course, the bunkers can be deadly. They are deep and very strategically located. We lucked out by not having too many hiccups with the bunkers & getting out of them pretty well, but you can find yourself losing a lot of strokes if you get stuck in there.
  • I liked that the par threes were within a score-able yardage. They were still challenging whether uphill or downhill, but none of them were straight forward 120 yarders or 200-yard carries over water.

Cons

  • One thing I will mention about the par threes and a few par fours, was how the Blue tees were sandwiched right up at the front of the tee blocks. It made me think a few times that a range finder would be handy especially when you’re uphill/downhill
  • It’s relatively secluded in Milton once on the grounds, but you’ll still find some electrical towers and hear the train come by once or twice.

SCOTCH BLOCK PHOTOS

Reverse View of #1 Scotch Block

LEITHFIELD PICTURES

#1 Leithfield
#2 Leithfield

Ratings
Course Conditions – 9.1
Difficulty – 8.8
Amenities – 9.0
Design – 8.8
Fun – 8.5

Final Score
44.2/50 or 88.4%
 

My Top-5 Courses

  1. Cobble Beach – 91%
  2. Wooden Sticks – 90%
  3. Glencairn – 88.4%
  4. Eagles Nest – 87%
  5. Seguin Valley – 86%

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