Balmore from above - Andrew McKay

20 October 2018

Balmore  Golf Club from above

Having recently bought myself a DJI Phantom drone and the autumn evening light being stunning, I decided to head to Balmore Golf Club, a beautiful course set amid rolling countryside, to take some aerial footage.

This was my first attempt to create a short introductory film, showing off some of the holes in the golden light of dusk. It's amazing how similar I found it to stills photography - using a filter to get the correct shutter speed; being aware of sunset time and direction; and the patience needed to capture things as I wanted them.

Founded in 1907 on the grounds of Glenorchard Estate and designed by golf's first superstar Harry Vardon (winner of the British Open a record six times), Balmore Golf Club is set in a beautiful location with vast open spaces, mature trees and abundant wildlife. 

Nestled amongst beautiful rolling countryside between the East Dunbartonshire villages of Torrance and Baldernock, golfers enjoy uninterrupted views and a sense of tranquility that belies the fact you are so close to Glasgow.

The golf course is kept in excellent condition, with sculpted fairways and beautifully manicured greens that are all to USGA specification, offering year round golf - unusual for a parkland course in central Scotland.

There are no par 5s, but with some great short par 4s - particularly the risk/reward 7th - and six brilliant par 3s, the golf here is great fun and still very challenging, given you need to position the ball well off the tee and put the ball on the correct portion of the slick sloping greens.     

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