Macdonald Cardrona Hotel, Golf & Spa in a Snapshot
– 99 comfortable and spacious bedrooms
– 18 hole championship golf course designed by Dave Thomas
– Spa & Vital Health centre
– Award-winning restaurant and two bars
– Just 40 minutes outside Edinburgh and 90 minutes from Glasgow and the North of England

Next stop on our summer of Great British Golf is the Macdonald Cardrona Hotel, Golf & Spa. Located in picturesque Scottish Borders countryside, this superb 4* hotel is one of our most popular golf break destinations in the southern part of the ‘Home of Golf’.

Speaking of ‘golf’, the Macdonald Cardrona boasts one of the finest challenges of golf in the region. Designed by former Ryder Cup player Dave Thomas, the par-72 parkland and woodland layout boasts large undulating greens and a distance which stretches to over 7,000 yards from the back tees.

Macdonald Cardrona

The championship course was designed by the world-renowned golf course architect Dave Thomas, who managed to create a test of golf which is challenging for the expert golfer, but also remains enjoyable for the higher handicap player.

Opening in 2001, the course has already quickly matured in rank and status; hosting the 2004 and 2007 Euro Pro Tour and the 2007 European Challenge Tour, returning once again in 2008. Its reputation as one of Scotland’s best tracks has developed over recent years, so much so that golfers travel from all over the world to take on this beautiful Scottish Borders golf course.

There are a number of fine holes, particularly those on the front-nine, which follow the meanderings of the river. However, there are two that stand out the most – the 6th and 7th. The 6th is a terrific driving hole – one where you’ll need to be slightly daring in order to avoid the burn which has made a habit of collecting balls over the years. If you manage to avoid the water, and play a reasonable second shot on this 527-yard par-5, you’ll have a straightforward approach with your third and the opportunity to make a birdie. The 7th, a 402 yard par-4, is, undoubtedly, the signature hole at the Macdonald Cardrona, it requires a spot-on drive to avoid the sand-traps to the left and the forestry on the right. Then you have the tricky approach shot into a raised and well-protected green – a really challenging, but enjoyable, golf hole.

Macdonald Cardrona

“As a former Masters Champion, and participant of five Ryder Cups, I can honestly say I have played at some of the world’s leading golf courses. It is a privilege for me to be associated with Macdonald Golf Hotels & Resorts because their excellent golf courses offer enjoyment for serious and social golfers.” – Sandy Lyle

The 99 guestroom hotel at Cardrona opened in 2003, two years after the golf course first opened its fairways to the general public, and it really is the perfect complement to the Dave Thomas designed golf course.

You certainly won’t be disappointed by the accommodation on offer at the Macdonald Cardrona. Even as standard, all the rooms have rich soft furnishings, comfy beds, blackout curtains and spacious en-suite bathrooms – pretty much everything you need in order to wind-down after an enjoyable day gracing the courses superb fairways.

Macdonald Cardrona

The rooms also boast a great range of facilities, including: satellite TV, trouser press, hairdryer, complementary spring water, Wif-Fi internet access, tea & coffee making facilities, iron & ironing board, large desk and relaxing armchairs.

Renwicks Restaurant at the Macdonald Cardrona Hotel provides you with a gastronomic dining experience like no other. It has a warm and friendly atmosphere, as well as the stunning panoramic views from the large windows over the manicured golf course and Border Hills.

The award-winning restaurant prides itself on quality food and flawless service – as a result Renwicks has been awarded an acclaimed AA Rosette. The restaurant’s chefs only use the finest Scottish, beef, lamb, pork and wild white fish. Local, organic suppliers are used for their vegetables and dairy products where possible, ensuring that your dining experience will be an authentic Scottish one.

The dining options at Cardrona don’t stop with Renwicks Restaurant; the resort is also able to boast the informal Spikes Bar – a unique social hub where golfers can drop by for a quick pint or even a spot of lunch without the need to remove their golf shoes. There is also the Lounge and Cocktail Bar – an elegant and comfortable place to relax and enjoy a drink during your visit.

The Spa at Macdonald Cardrona Hotel is the ideal place to unwind. Situated in over 200 acres of private grounds, the spa is a peaceful place to visit and forget the stresses and strains of everyday life. It boasts a steam room, swimming pool and a well equipped technogym, as well as offering a great range of luxurious treatments performed by the expertly-trained staff.

Macdonald Cardrona

The Spa at Macdonald Cardrona Hotel is the perfect place to relax and unwind after a long day on the golf course.

The Macdonald Cardrona Hotel, Golf & Spa really is an all-encompassing Scottish golf break destination with its comfortable accommodation, fine-dining, top spa facilities and, of course, challenging golf course. It also represents excellent value for money – 1 Night, 2 Rounds, Dinner, Bed & Breakfast packages will only set you back £79! So what are you waiting for? Head to the borders and have yourself a thoroughly enjoyable golf break.



Originally from the Home of Golf, I have been lucky enough to hack my way round some of the finest courses Scotland has to offer. Previous employers include the world famous Gleneagles Hotel - where I once recommended a half pint of local lager to Gary Player.

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