Great Golf in The Scottish Highlands
Brora Golf Club
Brora Golf Club was established in 1891 and the Club recently celebrated it's Centenary. In 1923 James Braid, five times Open Champion and a prolific designer of golf courses visited the course and redesigned the 18 hole layout which has stood the passing of time and remains a fair and challenging test of true links golf.
Brora presents all the attributes of the Scottish seaside links and the layout is classic: an easy opening hole, a short hole facing each cardinal point of the compass, a hole you can't reach in two shots and the last green under the clubhouse window. The course will ensure that you use every club in the bag, and that you will have to adapt and manufacture according to whether the course is running fast or slow. The greens are renowned for their texture.
The rough is negligible in order to facilitate play, you ought to return home with all the golf balls you brought! Over all the golf course is a holiday treat, the clubhouse modern and comfortable, the catering excellent. But perhaps the most over-riding, all important feature is the atmosphere - warm, friendly and welcoming.
Fortrose and Rosemarkie Golf Club
Located on the Chanonry Peninsula in the ‘Black Isle’ our Scottish links golf course enjoys breathtaking views over the Moray Firth, very close to the City of Inverness and only 45 minutes from Royal Dornoch Golf Club. There is documentary evidence of golf being played over 'Chanonry' which is now called Fortrose dating back to 1702. Additional evidence was discovered recently where an AGM took place on Wednesday, 3rd July 1793 which confirms Fortrose Golf Society as being the 15th oldest recorded Club in the world. The course was re-designed by the five time Open Champion James Braid in 1932.
The course has received accolades such as ‘a gem of a course by the sea’, ‘perhaps the best jewel in the highland golfing crown’ and ‘a unique course with special character to be found nowhere else’. The course is open every day of the year and we welcome golfers from all over the world to play on this fantastic links course which has hosted a number of national championships and will continue to do so in the years ahead. The greens are not just fast but also deceptive, with tight fairways and strategically placed bunkers throughout the course – the trademark of the all-time master of bunkering, James Braid. Players will have the choice of playing from our Red, Yellow, White or Black tees when visiting our Scottish Links Golf Course.
Breathtaking scenery and a dolphin colony in the adjacent firth are additional attractions for discerning golfers from far and wide who make a visit to Fortrose and Rosemarkie a must on their golfing calendar.
Golspie Golf Club
The Course was established by the Members on the Golspie Links in 1889, extended by Archie Simpson of Aberdeen in 1908, and modified by the celebrated James Braid in 1926.
Laid out along the scenic north shore of the Dornoch Firth, the course offers a challenging mix of sea-side links, heath and parkland, against the backdrop of Ben Bhraggie.
Golspie is an easy-walking, humps and hollows links course. Paradise and The Lochy (9th & 10th holes) are favoured by many golfers as is the 16th The Cairngorms where the well-guarded, two-tiered par 3 green, created by James Braid sits beyond a deep hollow, with trouble everywhere. Give it a go - great fun round the entire Course.
Tain Golf Club
Overlooking the Dornoch Firth, Tain arguably offers one of the best settings imaginable in the Highlands for a round of golf. With the sea on one side and the backdrop of the mountains behind, every day brings a different aspect to this challenging and beautiful course.
Designed in 1890 by Tom Morris, the layout of the holes guarantees an interesting round for beginners or experts. The sheltered location of the course ensures favourable weather conditions for most of the year - winter greens are seldom used at Tain.
Full facilities are accessible for visitors including the purpose built locker room and changing area. The bar and dining area are fitted with large windows to give the best view of the course, especially the 18th green.
Strathpeffer Golf Club
Strathpeffer Spa is one of the oldest courses in the North of Scotland having first opened for play in 1888. In its early years, it existed as a nine-hole course before being extended to 18 holes in 1896 with a little help from old Tom Morris. The fruits of his labour is a comparatively short layout that makes up in enjoyment what it lacks in yards.
The scenery is just remarkable with panoramic views to enjoy across the Black Isle and down towards Peffery Valley whilst the opening hole is spectacular with the highest tee to green drop in Scottish golf. It is truly scintillating stuff what a way to start your round!
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