|Address and contact:||Nairn Dunbar Golf Club, Lochloy Road, Nairn, IV12 5AE
fax:(01667) 456897Email: email@example.com
|About:||Situated on the shores of the Moray Firth, the Nairn Dunbar golf course, founded in 1899, is a highly rated Scottish links championship course representing a formidable challenge with its gorse and whin lined fairways.The club enjoys a growing reputation for high quality competition golf. Renowned for its excellent condition and friendly reception to visitors, it was the chosen venue in 1999 for the Northern Open Professional Championship, the Scottish Ladies Amateur Stroke Play and the Scottish Boys Stroke Play. In 2001 the club hosted the Scottish Amateur Stroke Play Championship (qualifying rounds) and in 2002 the Seniors Home Internationals and the Scottish Open Amateur Mixed Tournaments.
An outstanding new clubhouse was officially opened in May 1998 by Sir Michael Bonallack OBE. Facilities include comfortable lounge bars, dining room, extensive locker room facilities with visitors room and showers.
|Address and contact:||Castle Heather
IV2 6AATelephone: 01463 713335
Pro Shop: 01463 713334
Fax: 01463 712695
|About:||Loch Ness Golf Course was opened in June of 1996 and has gained a reputation as an excellent test of golf for players of all abilities. With generous fairways and large greens you may be fooled into thinking that the course was easy but the putting surfaces are some of the best in the Highlands and have developed both subtle and obvious borrows that mean you have to place your ball in the correct position on the fairway to attack the flags.Under the expert guidance of Head Greenkeeper Raymond Houston, who also built the course, small improvements have been made each year so that the course moves on at a pace that guarantees the its excellent condition as well as providing new challenges.
The signature hole is the 14 th and is only 76 yards long, but there is nothing between the green and the tee except a deep gully with a burn at the bottom so it is not for the faint hearted!
The 2nd hole is the longest at over 550 yards from the medal tees and is a true 3 shotter as you also have several ditches and burns to contend with. The course has a mixture of short and long par 4’s, reachable par 5’s and testing par 3’s offering something for everyone, and even if the golf is not up to scratch the views are of Inverness, the Moray Firth and the surrounding hills are truly outstanding.
|Address and contact:||Kingussie Golf Club
Tel: 01540 661374
Fax: 01540 662066
|About:||11 miles from Laggan on the A86, this eighteen hole course is also open all year weather permitting, again booking essential. Cost Mon.- Fri. £23 per round/£30 per day, Sat. and Sun. £26 per round/£32 per day. Club and trolley hire available.
The course lying above Kingussie offers extensive scenic views over the Cairngorms and surrounding mountains – so even if your golf is not as you wish, the environment and scenic splendour offers a degree of comfort.
At the end of the round members and visitors are provided with an excellent catering service with a range of meals at affordable prices. The Golf Club has recently upgraded the caravan park and all 57 residential caravans now have full services – there is also a pitch for touring caravans. See Kingussiecaravan for details of self catering luxury caravan hire
|Address and contact:||Grantown-on-Spey Golf Club
Golf Course Road
Tel: 01479 872079
Fax: 01479 873725
|About:||Established in 1890, Grantown-on-Spey Golf Club welcomes individual players and societies. The 5710 yard course has a par of 70 (SSS68) and was progressively developed over the early part of the century by A.C. Brown, Willie Park and James Braid.
The Spey Valley is a majour tourist area and when not golfing, the visitor can explore the Malt Whisky Trail, view the ospreys at nearby Loch Garten, fish in the River Spey or simply go walking in the hills or through the abundant pine forests.
Located in the beautiful Spey Valley, the course is a mixture of parkland and woodland with many magnificent views towards the Cairngorm range and the Cromdale Hills. Walking is relatively easy and the course presents a fair challenge for every calibre of golfer.
Perhaps the most scenic hole is Murdie’s View, the 275 yard 9th, a short downhill par 4 with the spectacular backdrop of the Cromdale Hills. When the heather is in bloom it is incomparable.
|Address and contact:||Ness Road East, Fortrose,
Scotland, IV108SETel: +44 (0)1381 620529
|About:||Course architect James Braid’s remarkable achievement in designing 18 challenging holes within the narrow Chanonry peninsula isinstantly obvious and admired by first time visitors.
Modern day golf writers enthuse over the course layout and condition, with accolades such as ‘a gem of a course by the sea’
– ‘the smallest but perhaps the brightest jewel in the Highlands golfing crown’
– ‘one of the most pleasant rounds of golf in the north’
– ‘a unique course with a special character to be found nowhere else’.
What Fortrose and Rosemarkie may lack in yardage is more than compensated by its small deceptive greens and strategically placed bunkers – challenges which are multiplied in the mind of the player by a public road dissecting the course, the proximity of the sea to eight of the holes and the dense island of gorse that awaits the wayward shot at numerous others.
Playing to one’s handicap, therefore, is never easy, especially on a windy day. Par is 71 but the standard scratch score is 69.
|Address and contact:||Karen Callow
Fort Augustus Golf Club
PH32 4DSTel: 01320 366660
|About:||One of Scotlands hidden gems Fort Augustus was laid out in 1924 by Harry Shapland Colt on the banks of the Caledonian Canal near Loch Ness.
Information by Fort Augustus golf club.
Although some changes have been made over the years the layout of the course remains basically as Harry Colt designed it. It is a nine hole course with mostly natural hazards. In a letter to the club in 1924 Colt says. “I do not want to see any artificiality about the course, except at the 7th hole (a very challenging par 3). The natural ridges and mounds will provide plenty of amusing shots, and your little course should be almost unique among golf courses in this way.”
It’s a traditional heathland course and is widely regarded as the most challenging 9 hole course in Scotland.
There are dual tee positions giving the course a true 18 hole feel.
The dense gorse and heather that line the long narrow fairways demand accurate driving. The scenery never loses it’s breathtaking appeal to those who have played here in the past or are visiting for the first time.
Our clubhouse is small and cosy which allows us to offer a personal welcome to all who play here and our licenced bar makes it the perfect place to have that much needed drink to relax and discuss the highs and lows of your round.
“We guarantee you’ll feel as though you’ve always been here and will want to come back”
|Address and contact:||Cawdor Castle Ltd
IV12 5RDTel: (01667) 404401
Fax: (01667) 404674
|About:||Cawdor Castle was built in 1370 at a time when clubs were in constant use in Scotland, but not for sporting reasons. Things have subsequently been refined so that now people enjoy picking on small white balls rather than each other, and they have done so at Cawdor with much delight and occasional oath since 1976.
The course covers 25 acres of mature parkland. Its 1429 yards (par 32) offer a variety of challenges that will amuse the seasoned player and welcome the beginner. The course record is 27.
|Address and contact:||Bonar Bridge, Sutherland
Tel: 01863 766199
|About:||A nine-hole blend of heath and moorland, Bonar Bridge is generally considered one of the most beautiful courses in the Highlands. The narrow tree-lined fairways require straight driving, while the small, hard-to-read greens will confuse even the most gifted of players.The surrounding heather-laden terrain provides a wonderful backdrop to this easy-walking course. The par three third is the signature hole. Although not terribly hard, it has to be one of the most enjoyable par threes in the Highlands as views down to Loch Migdale, with the hills in the background, are unforgettable|
|Address and contact:||Boat of Garten
PH24 3BQTelephone 01479 831282
Fax 01479 831523
|About:||Established in 1898 and designed by one of the grand-masters of golf course architecture – James Braid, “The Boat” is not only a demanding test of sporting skill but also a magnificent setting for the game.The view from the clubhouse, over the 1st and 2nd fairways and beyond, to the Cairngorm mountains – with such distinctive features as the Lairig Ghru and the northern corries of Braeriach – is incomparable, certainly within the realms of Scottish golf.
This Highland grandeur, depending on the day, can inspire high achievement or, in the more common event of disappointing performance, affords the comfort and consolation of communing with nature in uniquely attractive surroundings.