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Like many parts of Scotland, Paisley has some fantastic golf courses for amateurs and professionals alike.

Golf courses are particularly popular around the time of the US Masters and Open Championship. British golfer Rory McIlroy is the 15/2 favourite in the golf betting to come out on top at Augusta in Georgia later this year and you may watch him on TV and fancy having a go yourself.

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If you aspire to follow in the footsteps of McIlroy, who is the number-one ranked golfer in the official world rankings, or just enjoy a round of golf with friends, here are three courses you should try in Paisley.

Paisley Golf Club

Paisley Golf Club dates all the way back to 1895. The current 18-hole course was first played in 1953 to mark the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II.

Located in the Gleniffer Braes Country Park, this is a golf course which offers fantastic views of Paisley and Glasgow. The Clyde Basin and Ben Lomond are visible to the north of the course.

Paisley Golf Club have different types of memberships depending on your age and how often you like to play. There are also regular handicap tournaments for you to get involved in if you wish to play competitively.

Once you have completed your 18 holes and head to the 19th hole (club house), you can enjoy a bite to eat and have a drink to cap off your day.

Ralston Golf Club

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Described as one of the top golf courses in West Central Scotland, Ralston Golf Club is a well-maintained parkland course which has both a par and standard scratch of 70.

There are practice facilities at the venue for you to have a warm-up before you enter the course. The greens are in great condition all year long, and there is no waiting list to secure a membership.

If you are looking for some coaching, Ralston Golf Club has two PGA professionally qualified coaches who can be booked. One of them is Greg Paxton who finished in a tie for 27th at the 2019 Scottish PGA Championship which was won by Paul O’Hara. The coaches will help you work on your technique which is crucial in order for you to improve at the game.

Barshaw Golf Club

Barshaw Golf course is part of the Renfrewshire Leisure which also includes two bowling greens. Unlike many courses in Scotland, you don’t need to be a member to play. Day passes can be purchased for those who are unable to afford annual membership.

This is a good venue for beginners as it is not as challenging as some of the other courses in Paisley. There are a number of par-three holes around the course which are reachable from the tee. These give you a good chance of making a birdie or maybe something even more memorable.

Best of luck the next time you are on a golf course and always remember to have fun even if your ball isn’t going where you want it to.