Cochrane Castle Golf Club was established in 1895 at Craigston Farm, Johnstone on land leased by the then Laird, G.L.Houstoun. Charlie Hunter, who replaced Old Tom Mbborris as professional and greenkeeper at Old Prestwick, carried out the original course layout.
Over the years many changes in layout have taken place, the most significant of which followed the compulsory purchase of ground in 1949 by the Town Council for house building. Eight holes were lost and new ground had to be obtained. In the following year the legendary James Braid designed new holes on land beyond the existing seventh green and the course extended to 6500 yards. The new holes were remote from the clubhouse and did not prove to be popular with the members and were soon abandoned.
Change was so frequent in the fifties that Cochrane Castle was locally known as the course with ‘greens on wheels’. Eventually land which now constitutes the ‘bottom six’ was acquired and the existing layout evolved.
A number of members have brought great distinction to the Club. John Caven played in the first ever Walker Cup in 1922 primarily as a result of reaching the final of the British Amateur Championship that year at Prestwick eventually losing on the 36th green. Dean Robertson won the Scottish Amateur Strokeplay Championship in 1992 and the Scottish Amateur Championship a year later. Barclay Howard was Scottish Strokeplay Champion in 1997.
Both Dean and Barclay represented Great Britain and Ireland in the Eisenhower Trophy and Walker Cup.
Donna Jackson played for Scotland in the Ladies Home Internationals in 1990. All golf enthusiasts will recall the thrilling exploits of Barclay Howard in winning the Silver Medal in the 1997 Open Championship at Royal Troon. The first hole at Cochrane Castle has been named Barclay Howard in his memory.
The Club has won the Scottish Club Team Championship on three occasions, these being in 1985 at Helensburgh, in 1991 at Ranfurly Castle and most recently in 1996 at Alloa.
Golf Professional - Alan Logan
Our resident PGA Professional Alan Logan has been fully qualified with the Professional Golfers Association since 1994. Alan has been the Head Professional here at Cochrane Castle since May 2001 and is also a member of Tartan Golf International (T.G.I.) which is one of the largest buying groups in Europe for Golf Professionals. Being a member of T.G.I. allows Alan the ability to compete – and often better – internet prices without compromising on the level of service. Buying from a P.G.A. Professional gives you the piece of mind that, not only are the products genuine, but they will have been recommended by a fully qualified member of staff.
Alan has a fully stocked shop and specialises in only the finest golf brands available on the market, including golf clubs, golf shoes, golf bags and apparel. Alan is a Nike Staff Ambassador and stocks all major brands including: Nike, Mizuno, Taylormade, Titleist, Footjoy, Benross, Galvin Green and Lyle & Scott.
Alan specialises in custom fitting and have invested this season in the Mizuno Swing DNA equipment which allows him to have a Mizuno fitting centre account, he also custom fits in Nike, Taylormade and Benross and highly recommends custom fitting to all members and visitors when buying new clubs.
With 20 years of experience in coaching our Professional Alan Logan is dedicated in simplifying the game of golf to make the game more enjoyable and fun to all levels of golfer – from beginners, ladies, juniors, county players, members and non members. Our Professional Staff are available for coaching and our practice facility here at Cochrane Castle is ideal for all levels of player. We also have a fantastic short game area which is perfect if you want to work on your pitching, bunker play or putting.
For further information regarding tuition please feel free to contact Alan direct at the Pro Shop t: 01505 328465 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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