Barshaw Golf Club

Barshaw Golf Club, Paisley, West of Scotland, Scotland, PA1 3TJ

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19 reviews of Barshaw Golf Club

This review is a follow up to a review I wrote back in 2005 and which I have requested the moderator to remove due to it not reflecting the full picture of the course.

Let me also add that I am both a member of Barshaw Golf Club and I play Barshaw Golf Course as often as I can as I am recovering from a serious illness.

First of all; there are two courses within the Barshaw Golf Course. The course from the medal tees (white boxes) and the course from the yellow or red tees. Anyone is allowed to play from the medal tees and that is how this course should be played by seasoned golfers. The medal tee course is a vastly more difficult & demanding course than the yellow tees course. The yellow tees should be used by beginners and/or impaired persons.

Barshaw Golf Course is a rather hilly course with some superb views.
The main layout is very good with a wide variety of holes which have their own quirks. The par 3s are very long and difficult.
There are also some very long par 4s here, but no par 5s. Some holes is only playable as doglegs although the map says otherwise.
Some of the fairways are rather vertical up/down.
The tees are very good. The fairways could had been cut shorter and is sometimes unfair with some rather annoying small hollows.
The greens are superb and very challenging. In particular the three levels green at hole 12 where three puts are the normal fare. The other greens has a lot of undulations which makes them difficult to read.

In my view and based on other local courses I have played; Barshaw Golf Course is a difficult course from the medal tees (for players of all abilities). The weekly competition scores also underpins the difficulties of this course. It is a challenge that makes me come back day after day. But this course is an excellent starter course from the yellow tees too.

There are no catering facilities on the course or in the clubhouse, but a cafeteria on the other side of the park 300 yards away (past the smelly donkeys) does the normal golf course fare.
The changing facilities lacks any form of privacy and there is no showers here.
The staff is good and friendly enough though.

In short; this is a good local course which gives good value for money. No less; no more.

Posted by torodd fuglesteg on 15/04/2011
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Well I have been to this course twice in the past few weeks and it was much better than I first expected it to be, ok yes the fairways could be cut a little shorter now to think of it but when I was playing it didn't cross my mind. It is quite a challenging course for the average golfer and it is a good course. There are also some very nice views over Glasgow. Overall it is good little course and the price isn't to high.

Posted by Kieran Doran on 31/07/2010
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As a member of the Royal Barshaw I have read comments about the course and it's conditions. First the course is situated between two residential areas, which can attracted the buckfast crew during summer months. The course itself is a moderate course and yes the council could cut the fairway's more often as the grass grow's quickly. As for the greens, the greens at Barshaw golf course are used throughout the year even in winter months and i have to say i have no bother with the greens i think the use and punishment the greens get all year round they are in good nick. The only thing i have with the course is if you are a member and you want to sign somebody in they have to pay full green fees, taking friends who play on private golf courses having to pay full golf green fees is ridiculous, they should have tickets for members who pay there membership and allow visitors on for £3-£5.00. All in all Barshaw has it's faults but all in all value for money and a challange for most golfer's.

Posted by Glen Burn on 08/04/2010
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Just back from an enjoyable round at Barshaw. The farways were cut short and even after heavy downpours the previous day they were still fast. The greens were excellent for a council course and the pins in some interesting positions. I really enjoyed my round and pleased with my £10.70 value for money.

Posted by Dougie McConnell on 29/07/2009
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Course itself is quite short with 1 or 2 drivable Par 4's...however is a tough little test. Drivable Par4's are definitely risk reward shots and you will be punished should you not pull it off. Fairways could definitely be shorter and the course can be quite muddy at times, particularly the tee boxes. Greens however are the best I have seen on a municipal course. Only thing lacking is a Par 5 as is the case with most public courses. All in all however, an excellent course when looking for value for money. Would definitely recommend.

Posted by Peter Mullen on 16/06/2009
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I played Barshaw on 3/10/2007 and I was very pleasantly surprised to find such an attractive and well kept course. I felt that the fairways could have been cut a bit shorter: it was a wet day and there was no run at all. But the greens were fine, and the pin positions made good scoring very difficult. The views from the course were lovely, and the many and varied trees were beginning to look quite magnificent as the colours changed for autumn. It was certainly not a boring course. It would be good if there could be different pars for ladies: some of the holes were too long to be realistic par 4's for us!

Posted by Maggie Pringle on 04/10/2007
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For all these so called golfers reports on barshaw,instead of groaning about the condition of the course,which in my time there was exceptable even off season,why not instead of bitching pay money and join a private course,granted it costs a lot of money,but if you put the course to the sword then surely you must think yourself above it-wake up glasgow-TIGER you aint!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Phillip Mickelson on 09/08/2007
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I played barshaw park on sept 5th 06 and i must say the course was in fine nick. the greens were in great condition as were the fairways.well done to the two greenkeepers who do a sterling job.

Posted by scott mackay on 17/09/2006
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I played the Course Yesterday Sept 5th and it was in far better condition than I had expected, the greens were cut the rough not too bad as well, however I believe the bumpyness of the greens make it impossible to score well. Course however is good value at a tenner a round. Lack of Facilities though

Posted by Richard Murray on 05/09/2006
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barshaw is usally a pretty rubbish golf course but to be fair i played it last week 10/05/06 and have to admit it was in good nick!!! the rough cut,the greens cut, nobody trying to jump out and sell you golf balls mid swing could it be true that the council is making the place good to sell it off!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Gerard Baillie on 17/05/2006
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I should be grateful if you would amend your prices for Barshaw. It is £9.40 per round (way overpriced) and £143.00 for a season ticket, which compared to the price of a round is good value although you would seldom play a round as once you get past the 2nd hole it slows up dramatically. Too many "would be" golfers watching too much TV, actually thinking they can play the game. My advice is to play the first 5, jump on to 9, then play in from 13 to 18. The 18th is a good hole into the wind from the back tee.
Easy fix at Barshaw is to introduce wardens to get rid of those who jump on for free, and more importantly PLEASE PLEASE cut the greens.
No way you can score with the greens in the condition their in.
If these 2 steps were introduced it would make for a far more enjoyable round!!

Posted by Fenton Bressler on 07/08/2005
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I read with amusement some of the comments labelled against the course. Barshaw is only a moderate test of golf if played from the back tees. Its only protection is the state of the greens, which are usually hairy as hell. This could be avoided if the guy with the black leather jacket actually cut the greens with the TORO machine instead of cutting the front of Par 3 tee's. The whole greenkeeping staff should be removed and the course should go private to keep the SCUM off the course who jump on after decent members of the public queue up for up to an hour to get on. Also, why do so many of the public dream they can hit the ball (especially at the 4th) on the green when they have skittered their way up the 1st 3 holes. It beggars belief!!!
Booking times should also be introduced tp prevent ridiculous queues, especially in school holidays to prevent needless hanging around. The council needs to address these matters so to bring it in line with Glasgow Council courses.

Posted by Jack Jarvis Esq. on 07/08/2005
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yes it,s hilly and overpriced but at the moment the course is in good nick,The place needs investment and the rough needs to be kept in check but its a good place to learn the game. 6 out of 10.
steve (Local)

Posted by steve kay on 18/07/2005
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I am a new season ticket holder on the course and I now wish I had not wasted my money. The course is absolutely terrible and the greens are the worst I have ever known. The only good thing about Barshaw is the staff. They are polite and courteous at all times and I wish they could influence the council into doing something with the monet they take from us poor golfers. Come on Renfrewshire Council. Put something back into the course instead of take take take.

Posted by Paul Shaw on 26/04/2005
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I played Barshaw recently after an absence of 17 years. I must say it is the worst course I have ever played and has not improved one iota in that time. The tees are hairy, the fairways are full of rough and the greens are pathetic. This course is a coup and to charge almost a tenner for the privelage of playing it is a an absolute disgrace. No wonder it was absolutely empty with hardly another golfer on the course and all of them singles. They offer a season ticket of £140 for unlimited play, lets reduce that to a tenner because thats all its worth. My vision of Barshaw is a field with flags in it, you;ld be better off down the park hitting balls to an umbrella!!!

Posted by Sean Bond on 12/04/2005
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I recently played Barshaw after an absence of 4 years and was delighted with the improvement of the conditioning of the course.
A previous comment, from 2000 I think, was accurate at that time however the current course is a vast improvement.
Not as busy now too and worth a check out.
Beware though, it is very hilly in parts and although suffers from 'no' bunkers at all, compensates by having very punishing rough. A lot of holes have out of bounds tight to the fariway too.
Excellent views of the central belt from the heights.

Posted by Stuart Rankin on 25/08/2003
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The condition of the course is prone to how the weather has been. I have recently formed a committee to have the Council improve the standard of the course. We hope to form a pressure group to force these issues. The course could be lovely if time was spent on it.

Posted by Francis Toland on 22/02/2002
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yes it is a last reort corse but all the same if it was kept in good condition i think it would be an ok course.most of the greens can be quite testing and some of the holes are easily reachable in one.there are no par 5's on this course.

Posted by graeme m on 15/05/2001
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This is a last resort course. The greens are rubbish, the fairways are rubbish, the tees are terrible. As public courses go, you may expect this but your better off heading into one of the Glasgow Parks courses where they are in much better nick. When the season is in full flow and the weather is good, this course is very very busy so you've been warned.

Posted by g.philp on 19/02/2000
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