An Overview of Macdonald Cardrona Golf Course

Posted by Linda Maclaughlan on 27 November 2016

Are you thinking about testing your skills at Macdonald Cardrona golf course?

Located in a relatively recent development in the Scottish Borders, Cardrona is surrounded by glorious countryside – but with so many courses to choose from in the area, you may be wondering if Cardrona is the place for you.

I hear nothing but good things about this course from my guests, and there are some great deals on at the moment. So, especially if you’re looking for an enjoyable golf break, or are planning a wider tour of the area, this could be an ideal stop-off point for a round or two.

Below, I’m going to give you a better picture of what to expect from this fantastic championship course, so you can decide for yourself.

An introduction to Macdonald Cardrona golf course

Designed by renowned architect Dave Thomas and opened in 2001, the Macdonald Cardona golf course measures 7,010 yards and is a par 72, 18-hole championship course that will put your skills to the test.

Located by the banks of the River Tweed, it’s an idyllic location for a spot of golf, and the course makes good use of the natural landscape along with some trademark large, sculpted bunkers and large, well-kept greens.

The course itself offers an interesting mix of moorland and parkland holes, with a hint of American style creeping into some parts of the course – as you can imagine, many have called this course tricky to classify!

Saying that, there are some very memorable holes, and you’ll find Cardrona will make a firm impression on you within the front nine. The 6th hole is a firm favourite with many, although the 7th (measuring in at 402 yards) is widely considered the course’s signature hole.

Surviving this course in style will require a certain level of accuracy, with plenty of trees and bunkers to avoid along the way! It’s clear to see the course is well cared for, and with first class facilities to take advantage of during your visit, it makes for an enjoyable day out.

Playability and Cardona golf score card

The good news is that the Cardrona welcomes golfers of all levels and abilities. According to the official website, players can choose from a wide range of tee options for ultimate playability.

If you’re curious about exactly what to expect from a round of golf at the Macdonald Cardrona, we’ve provided the full Cardrona golf score card below for a fuller picture:


Hole Length Par
1 521 yards 5
2 280 yards 4
3 454 yards 4
4 459 yards 4
5 199 yards 3
6 527 yards 5
7 402 yards 4
8 364 yards 4
9 189 yards 3
10 407 yards 4
11 211 yards 3
12 494 yards 5
13 189 yards 3
14 565 yards 5
15 372 yards 4
16 387 yards 4
17 454 yards 4
18 407 yards 4

Why not make a weekend of it?

Finally, with the 4-star Macdonald Cardrona Golf Hotel located on-site, Cardrona golf course is an ideal option for a golfing break or weekend. This first class hotel features 99 spacious, comfortable bedrooms, along with an award-winning restaurant and luxury spa and leisure facilities.

There are some great deals available which usually include dinner, bed and breakfast – and of course, a couple of rounds of golf thrown in! You can sometimes arrange these packages from around £89 per person for one night, and £139 per person for two nights.

These deals can often be tailored to suit your needs, and you can read our blog for more about what’s on offer at the Macdonald Cardrona Golf Hotel.


I hope this blog has been useful for deciding if a visit to Macdonald Cardrona should be on the cards during your visit to the Scottish Borders – I’d definitely recommend it.

Got any questions about booking a few rounds at the Cardrona? Feel free to leave a comment below, or alternatively get in touch with me directly – I’d love to hear from you!

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