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Macdonald Cardrona Hotel, Golf & Spa

Found in the gorgeous countryside of the Scottish Borders, Macdonald Cardrona is an all-encompassing golf resort, complete with stunning natural scenery. The golf course is set upon the rolling hills of the Borders, with the River Tweed flowing peacefully alongside it. However, do not be fooled by its beauty, Cardrona can be a real test of golf, as those who have played it on the PGA Europro Tour can testify. 

Whilst the idyllic location seems far removed from the real world, Cardrona is only 40 minutes from Edinburgh and 90 from Glasgow, a great place to escape from either city for a short break. The hotel itself offers guests luxury modern accommodation, with a variety of excellent on-site facilities, including; a restaurant, two bars, pool, spa and fishing in the River Tweed.

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Macdonald Cardrona Golf & Country Club

Using all the local features, Thomas, to his enormous credit, has managed to build the course to feel mature beyond its few years. Despite its position close to some pretty hilly terrain, the course itself is relatively flat, offering an enjoyable challenge to all those fortunate enough to visit Cardrona for a golfing break.

The testing par-72 track is now a regular stop on the PGA Europro Tour, owing not just to the golf course, but also the fantastic practice facilities on-site.

Situated not far from the centres of either Edinburgh or Glasgow, the hotel at Cardrona is the ideal place for a meeting or conference, with outstanding facilities for delegates.

STATS

Par: 72

Designed by: Dave Thomas

Opened for play: 2001

TEES

White: 6856 yards, SSS 72

Yellow: 6555 yards, SSS 71

Red: 6183 yards, SSS 73

Signature Hole: Hole 7, Par 4, 402 yards

From the 7th tee a straight drive is necessary in order to avoid trees and bunkers flanking the fairway on the left and right respectively. However, the approach shot is the real challenge and the golfer must find a raised, well-protected green making for a tough par.

Accommodation at Macdonald Cardrona Hotel, Golf & Spa

The 99-bedroom hotel at Cardrona opened officially in 2003, and is the ideal counterpart to Dave Thomas' excellent golf course.

Just east of Peebles, on the banks of the free-flowing River Tweed, the 4* facility provides guests with all the modern features you would expect, including satellite TV, internet connection and top-class furnishings. For some added luxury, opt for one of the upgraded bedrooms, complete with patio access to the golf course.

The state-of-the-art spa and leisure facilities provide guests with the chance to use the 18-metre swimming pool, sauna, steam room, techno gym, beauty treatment rooms, tranquil room and sunshower.

Renwick's Restaurant has recently been awarded an AA Rosette, serving top quality cuisine, and allowing superb views of the surrounding countryside.

Features

  • Driving Range
  • Tuition
  • Putting Greens
  • Indoor Swimming Pool
  • Steam Room
  • Solarium
  • Beauty Salon
  • Gymnasium
  • Conference Facilities
  • Private Dining
9.2

Excellent

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Excellent

Excellent hotel, apart from the spike bar (the only place with the Ryder cup on) closing at 4pm each day.

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10
Excellent

I am already a member of the Macdonald hotel club This is a lot better than most Staff Value for money And food and drink I liked it so much I joined the golf club

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10
Excellent

Fantastic course and accommodation and the views are to die for

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8.0
Very Good

Room was comfortable but felt that the bars were a bit limited in what they offered in terms of choice

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8.0
Very Good
The hotel at Macdonald Cardona is excellent...

Golf Course – Peebles and Cardrona are both really good courses, both of different styles. Buggies are recommended for Cardrona as 2 of our group struggled with the length as it was quite long and also there are walks between some greens and tees.
 
Clubhouse/19th hole – The 19th hole at Peebles was 1st class and very welcoming indeed. Cardrona’s was nice too but you could tell was part of a hotel group – less personal but still good.
 
Hotel – The hotel at Macdonald Cardona is excellent, with good rooms and an evening meal that exceeded expectations. This was 1st class and all members of staff etc were very good.
 
Overall verdict – The feedback from my group was that they all really enjoyed this outing. The golf courses, hotel location and price were all good and they’d be more than happy to go again next year.

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10
Excellent
We plan to repeat this trip in the future...

Macdonald Cardrona is situated in a beautiful location in the Tweed Valley. The golf course tracks up and down the valley with the river providing OOB on many holes. We played the day after a PGA Tartan Tour event and as such the course was in fine condition. The fairways were firm and are quite tight on a few holes and the greens are large and heavily contoured, rolling true.

Overall we really enjoyed playing there. My highlight of the two rounds we played was making birdie on the par 5 12th, with a good drive and two good hybrids to the green, finished off with a 20 foot putt.

The hotel was excellent. The staff were exceedingly friendly and the food was superb, although service, in the restaurant was slow at times.

Our non-golfing wives rated the spa very highly too. We split two days golf with a trip to Edinburgh which made it more of mini holiday. It was our first trip into the Scottish Borders and we were all stunned by how magnificent the scenery is.

We have used YGT previously and as before the arrangements were well organised and trouble free. 

I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Cardrona or YGT to other golfers. We plan to repeat this trip in the future.

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Good
The food was of an excellent standard...

After asking the other members of the party what they thought of the trip to Macdonald Cardrona, the answers came back very positively.

On the plus side, the hotel was very comfortable and the food was of an excellent standard. I was given a double room to start with but this was immediately rectified by the attentive members of staff. My father and I, who were meant to be sharing, were actually given a double room each in the end.

The price of beer was very good at £3.30p per pint which pleased most of the party of 44 thirsty men on the Sunday night!

The big letdown was that we had booked tee times from 12:12pm on the Sunday and everyone got there at 11:30 ready to ease into things only to be told we were off at 11:40. BIG, BIG panic as everyone tried to sort clubs and trolleys out in a hurry!

I had phoned the hotel to put out nearest the pin markers on four holes which was done ok on the Sunday but they forgot on the Monday. The course was very long and a bit tatty in places but this was probably due to the horrendous weather on the Sunday afternoon so this is not really a down.

All in all, it was a very enjoyable weekend. The general consensus is that we would probably not visit Cardrona again, but simply because we have been there and done that now.

I will definitely be using yourgolftravel.com again as the service provided was excellent.

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10
Excellent
The golf course was in very good condition...

We had a great time at the Macdonald Cadrona Hotel and it was very easy to find indeed...no problems there at all.

Our room was excellent with plenty of space and the room service was also very good. Breakfasts were delicious as was dinner but to have to pay extra for potatoes and veg was not so good.

Prices of drinks were quite expensive but what you would expect for a hotel of that standard and unfortunately there was not much choice of beers.

The golf course was in very good condition, although they were just starting to hollow tine greens, which will happen at every course this time of year.

It’s a long course so I would say it would be quite difficult for higher handicappers like me. There are lots of bunkers too and the only fault I could bring up was the distance between tees...I would need a buggy next time.

On the whole very good 9 out of 10.

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Good
The hotel was excellent...

The golf course at Macdonald Cardrona was rather hard for the club golfer, being a long course with long walks between green and tees too. The course was in good condition, however the design of course not so good. It’s set in the banks of River Tweed, yet it’s never in play and you don’t see river when playing course either.

The 19th hole has a nice spikebar and snacks and beers are served at a reasonable price.

The hotel was excellent, with very good food and good members of staff, even though the hotel was very busy. The resort boasts a lovely location which is also excellent for walking and cycling, as well as golf.

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Excellent
One of the best golf breaks we’ve been on...

This is the first time we have used Your Golf Travel for a golf holiday and it certainly won't be the last!

Our trip to Macdonald Cardrona rates as one of the best golf breaks we’ve been on. We were lucky with the weather, the hotel was excellent and the golf course is of a really high quality.

The staff at the hotel were very good too and nothing was a problem. We booked on a dinner bed and breakfast deal, and have to say the menus and food did not disappoint. We felt the beers were no dearer than most pubs, contrary to some previous reviews.

The hotel is set in a very peaceful rural location with plenty of outdoor pursuits if you are into that sort of thing. I used the gym most mornings and the gym and equipment in it are excellent. We had a room facing the golf course which was spacious, very clean and comfortable.

This was a first class golf holiday and it was also great value for what it cost.

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8.0
Very Good
The hotel at Macdonald Cardrona was superb...

Just a quick note to thank you for the most fantastic 5 days.

The hotel at Macdonald Cardrona was superb, the food was excellent and the staff service could not be faulted.

All 3 courses we played were in excellent condition and the lads are even talking about going back to play Peebles and Roxbroughe. We were made most welcome and nothing too much trouble for all we met.

I would like to comment on the service at Peebles. The lady on the bar served food and refreshments with a smile even though there were 40 hungry and thirsty golfers. I will no doubt use YGT’s services again and recommend you and your team to future captains of my club. The lads are still raving about the venue so once again thank you for your excellent service.

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8.0
Very Good
Set in the most glorious countryside...

We thought that the golf course at Macdonald Cardrona was an excellent design, set in the most glorious countryside, with houses only overlooking one hole. The views from the course were spectacular and at times we thought that we were playing in Canada!

The only grouse we had was that all the greens had been top dressed which unfortunately made putting nearly impossible.

The rooms in the hotel were more than adequate too, and the staff were excellent. I have to mention Bobby in the spike bar who was exceptionally helpful.

We did have some issues with the dinner on the first night which were addressed by the operations manager immediately.

I would not hesitate in visiting Macdonald Cardrona again, but would do so preferably when the greens were in good condition.

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8.4

Very Good

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Macdonald Cardrona Hotel, Golf & Spa

Good service from the pro in the shop, very accommodating. Would recommend. Greens were a little slow but overall in very good condition.

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Macdonald Cardrona Hotel, Golf & Spa

Liked it that much I joined the golf club So now I am a member

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Macdonald Cardrona Hotel, Golf & Spa

We had a buggy on both days as its a long course and some holes theres a big walk to next tee

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Macdonald Cardrona Hotel, Golf & Spa

Very long course (for us anyway) and the pace of play on the Sunday was very slow. The course is very unforgiving if you go off line and indeed the rough is impossible to find your ball from. Moreover you don't even find somebody else's ball when you do go in there, which is strange to say the least..

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Very Good
The hotel at Macdonald Cardona is excellent...

Golf Course – Peebles and Cardrona are both really good courses, both of different styles. Buggies are recommended for Cardrona as 2 of our group struggled with the length as it was quite long and also there are walks between some greens and tees.
 
Clubhouse/19th hole – The 19th hole at Peebles was 1st class and very welcoming indeed. Cardrona’s was nice too but you could tell was part of a hotel group – less personal but still good.
 
Hotel – The hotel at Macdonald Cardona is excellent, with good rooms and an evening meal that exceeded expectations. This was 1st class and all members of staff etc were very good.
 
Overall verdict – The feedback from my group was that they all really enjoyed this outing. The golf courses, hotel location and price were all good and they’d be more than happy to go again next year.

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John – Reviewed
10
Excellent
We plan to repeat this trip in the future...

Macdonald Cardrona is situated in a beautiful location in the Tweed Valley. The golf course tracks up and down the valley with the river providing OOB on many holes. We played the day after a PGA Tartan Tour event and as such the course was in fine condition. The fairways were firm and are quite tight on a few holes and the greens are large and heavily contoured, rolling true.

Overall we really enjoyed playing there. My highlight of the two rounds we played was making birdie on the par 5 12th, with a good drive and two good hybrids to the green, finished off with a 20 foot putt.

The hotel was excellent. The staff were exceedingly friendly and the food was superb, although service, in the restaurant was slow at times.

Our non-golfing wives rated the spa very highly too. We split two days golf with a trip to Edinburgh which made it more of mini holiday. It was our first trip into the Scottish Borders and we were all stunned by how magnificent the scenery is.

We have used YGT previously and as before the arrangements were well organised and trouble free. 

I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Cardrona or YGT to other golfers. We plan to repeat this trip in the future.

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Keith – Reviewed
6.0
Good
The food was of an excellent standard...

After asking the other members of the party what they thought of the trip to Macdonald Cardrona, the answers came back very positively.

On the plus side, the hotel was very comfortable and the food was of an excellent standard. I was given a double room to start with but this was immediately rectified by the attentive members of staff. My father and I, who were meant to be sharing, were actually given a double room each in the end.

The price of beer was very good at £3.30p per pint which pleased most of the party of 44 thirsty men on the Sunday night!

The big letdown was that we had booked tee times from 12:12pm on the Sunday and everyone got there at 11:30 ready to ease into things only to be told we were off at 11:40. BIG, BIG panic as everyone tried to sort clubs and trolleys out in a hurry!

I had phoned the hotel to put out nearest the pin markers on four holes which was done ok on the Sunday but they forgot on the Monday. The course was very long and a bit tatty in places but this was probably due to the horrendous weather on the Sunday afternoon so this is not really a down.

All in all, it was a very enjoyable weekend. The general consensus is that we would probably not visit Cardrona again, but simply because we have been there and done that now.

I will definitely be using yourgolftravel.com again as the service provided was excellent.

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David – Reviewed
10
Excellent
The golf course was in very good condition...

We had a great time at the Macdonald Cadrona Hotel and it was very easy to find indeed...no problems there at all.

Our room was excellent with plenty of space and the room service was also very good. Breakfasts were delicious as was dinner but to have to pay extra for potatoes and veg was not so good.

Prices of drinks were quite expensive but what you would expect for a hotel of that standard and unfortunately there was not much choice of beers.

The golf course was in very good condition, although they were just starting to hollow tine greens, which will happen at every course this time of year.

It’s a long course so I would say it would be quite difficult for higher handicappers like me. There are lots of bunkers too and the only fault I could bring up was the distance between tees...I would need a buggy next time.

On the whole very good 9 out of 10.

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Ray – Reviewed
6.0
Good
The hotel was excellent...

The golf course at Macdonald Cardrona was rather hard for the club golfer, being a long course with long walks between green and tees too. The course was in good condition, however the design of course not so good. It’s set in the banks of River Tweed, yet it’s never in play and you don’t see river when playing course either.

The 19th hole has a nice spikebar and snacks and beers are served at a reasonable price.

The hotel was excellent, with very good food and good members of staff, even though the hotel was very busy. The resort boasts a lovely location which is also excellent for walking and cycling, as well as golf.

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Norman – Reviewed
10
Excellent
One of the best golf breaks we’ve been on...

This is the first time we have used Your Golf Travel for a golf holiday and it certainly won't be the last!

Our trip to Macdonald Cardrona rates as one of the best golf breaks we’ve been on. We were lucky with the weather, the hotel was excellent and the golf course is of a really high quality.

The staff at the hotel were very good too and nothing was a problem. We booked on a dinner bed and breakfast deal, and have to say the menus and food did not disappoint. We felt the beers were no dearer than most pubs, contrary to some previous reviews.

The hotel is set in a very peaceful rural location with plenty of outdoor pursuits if you are into that sort of thing. I used the gym most mornings and the gym and equipment in it are excellent. We had a room facing the golf course which was spacious, very clean and comfortable.

This was a first class golf holiday and it was also great value for what it cost.

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Neil – Reviewed
8.0
Very Good
The hotel at Macdonald Cardrona was superb...

Just a quick note to thank you for the most fantastic 5 days.

The hotel at Macdonald Cardrona was superb, the food was excellent and the staff service could not be faulted.

All 3 courses we played were in excellent condition and the lads are even talking about going back to play Peebles and Roxbroughe. We were made most welcome and nothing too much trouble for all we met.

I would like to comment on the service at Peebles. The lady on the bar served food and refreshments with a smile even though there were 40 hungry and thirsty golfers. I will no doubt use YGT’s services again and recommend you and your team to future captains of my club. The lads are still raving about the venue so once again thank you for your excellent service.

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Thomas – Reviewed
8.0
Very Good
Set in the most glorious countryside...

We thought that the golf course at Macdonald Cardrona was an excellent design, set in the most glorious countryside, with houses only overlooking one hole. The views from the course were spectacular and at times we thought that we were playing in Canada!

The only grouse we had was that all the greens had been top dressed which unfortunately made putting nearly impossible.

The rooms in the hotel were more than adequate too, and the staff were excellent. I have to mention Bobby in the spike bar who was exceptionally helpful.

We did have some issues with the dinner on the first night which were addressed by the operations manager immediately.

I would not hesitate in visiting Macdonald Cardrona again, but would do so preferably when the greens were in good condition.

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Macdonald Cardrona Hotel, Golf & Spa Frequently Asked Questions

Q - What time is check-in and check-out times?

A - Check-in from 3pm | Check-out from 11am

Q - What time is breakfast?

A - 7:30-10:30am

Q - What is the dress code for dinner?

A - Smart Casual

Q - What restaurant do I need to book for dinner>

A - Renwicks or Manderston

Q - Is there a range on site?

A - Yes

Q - Are there buggies available to hire?

A - Yes

Q - Are there any weekend golfing restrictions?

A - Members only Sunday morning till 9am

Q - How many bars are there?

A - There are 2 bars on site

Q - Is there BT or Sky Sports in the communal area?

A - Sky Sports

Q - Is there a charge for car parking on site?

A - There is complimentary car parking