Best Golf Courses in the Scottish Highlands
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Best Highland Golf Courses
An area of stunning natural beauty, the Highlands of Scotland offers a surplus of fantastic golf courses, including Scottish Open venue, Castle Stuart and Royal Dornoch guaranteed to provide the golfer with an unforgettable experience. Below are our top picks for golf in the Highlands of Scotland.
Boat of Garten 2024
Located in the heart of the scenic Cairngorms National Park, you will find “The Boat”. Running alongside the River Spey, Boat of Garten was designed by one of the masters in golf course architecture, James Braid. The fairways are lined by birch trees, heather and broom, making this beautiful course a challenge for golfers.
However, it is certainly a beautiful challenge worth taking on if staying in the highlands of Scotland. It is also just 10 minutes from the busy highland town of Aviemore.
Brora Golf Club 2024
Based in the Highlands, Brora Golf Club is another James Braid masterpiece design, in fact the club has been made the James Braid Society Headquarters. Another traditional style links course with the front 9 extending away from the clubhouse with the north sea to your right, you will contest against narrow fast fairways, large gorse areas and thick fescue….and that's before you reach the green!!! Brora is a great fun golf course to play with heaps of character.
Castle Stuart Golf Links
Located just a few miles west of Nairn, Castle Stuart is the newest addition to golf in the Highlands. Even though just opening in 2009 Castle Stuart has attracted visitors in their droves year after year. This Par 72 stretches long over 7’400 yds. However due to a variety of teeing areas, generous fairways and large greens, it is very playable for golfers of all abilities. The course rolls along the Moray Firth Coastline and boasts some of the most spectacular views in golf.
As well as ‘Castle Stuart’ in view from many points on the golf course. Above all, Castle Stuart just oozes class and is one of those walks you would never tire of doing over and over again. For this reason, The European tour has hosted The Scottish Open there a number of times.
Fortrose & Rosemarkie Golf Club2024
Fortrose & Rosemarkie is located to the north of Inverness and is the 15th oldest recorded club in the world. This 6,085 yrd course spans along the Chanonry peninsula in the ‘Black Isle’ that juts out to Rosemarkie Bay on the Moray Firth. It is a favourite spot for many dolphin enthusiasts to catch a glimpse of the local dolphin pods feeding. Although the course is short, it certainly makes up its challenge in other ways. Specifically the course includes narrow fairways guarded by gorse, small undulating greens and pot bunkers at every turn.
As well as also contending with some incredible cross winds that sweep across the peninsula. Fortrose and Rosemarkie is a real quirky, great fun place to play golf in the Highlands. The Luxury Travel Guide Lifestyle Awards also honoured the club with the accolade of ‘Golf Club of the Year for Scotland 2019’.
Golspie Golf Club 2024
Golspie Golf Club is located on the Dornoch Coast around 15 minutes north of the famous Royal Dornoch. Much like the old-school courses in the highlands, what the courses lack in yardage they make up with a variety of golf holes.
Golfers are required to concentrate on plotting the ball around the course to avoid the perils that lay ahead. Designed by James Braid, the course has an attractive mix of classic links, heath and parkland holes. Golspie measures 6'000 yds from the medal tees and sets off over lush heathland before it makes its way to the shores of the Dornoch Firth; where the true links feel kicks in. Enjoy stunning views from all holes of the Dornoch Firth on one side and the backdrop of Ben Bhraggie on the other.
Moray Golf Club2024
Moray Old Course is another outstanding golf course set along the sparkling shores of the Moray Firth, opened in 1889. The Old Course was laid out by Old Tom Morris and true to ‘Old Tom's' designs there are an incredible mixture of wonderful golf holes. In fact some even claim the Par 4 18th is one of the finest holes in Scottish Golf.
The course has played host to a long line of Amateur and Professional tournaments as well as exhibition matches since 1901. Moray Golf Club also has a neighbouring ‘New Course', which is a tremendous course in its own right. As a result, Moray Golf Club is a prime location to enjoy a couple of days' golf in the Highlands. The club also stocks every malt from Moray and Speyside and far beyond – ideal for a dram after 18-holes!
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