Where to Play in The Highlands
Main image: Brora Golf Course.
A James Braid inspired course which makes excellent use of the natural contours. The backdrop of breaking waves and winding burns make Brora a memorable experience as do the the native fairway mowing sheep. The allure of Brora is best summed up by James Finegan in ‘Blasted Heath and Blessed greens’ – too short to qualify as great, it is no less superlative, there is no prosaic moment, as we relish every hole. Brora is as fine and as pure an example of Braid’s work as you are likely to find.
Yardage 5844 Par 68
Designed by the team that brought you Kingsbarns, Castle Stuart opened in July 2009. Commanding a breathtaking coastal position, the course is built on three tiers ensuring that its golfers rarely lose sight of the dramatic views of the Moray Firth. Ranked 9th in Scotland and 65th in the Top 100 courses of the world last year Castle Stuart is set to only get better.
Yardage 7009 Par 72
Fortrose and Rosemarkie
Designed by James Braid, this course has been skilfully laid out within the narrow Chanonry peninsula. It is instantly admired by first-time visitors and its unique character and charm make it a most enjoyable round. What it lacks in yardage is more than offset by its small deceptive greens and strategically placed bunkers. Voted as Best Scottish Golfing Experience in 2017 and 2018
Yardage 6085 Par 71
Moray Golf Club
The old course is considered to be one of the finest links courses in Scotland. A classic links designed by Old Tom Morris with deep revetted bunkers, undulating gorse lined fairways and smooth fast greens. It is a superb test of golf with seven par fours over 400 yards. The start and finish has one of the best settings of any course in Scotland. Also memorable for being very close to a RAF runway. Sometimes the feeling that a low flying aircraft is going to land on your head is not far from the truth!
Yardage 6572 Par 73
A stunning links course overlooking the Moray forth Nairn Golf Club is a testing traditional links whose respected status in the world of golf is reflected by the fact that it was selected to host the Walker Cup in 1999. An excellent clubhouse and friendly staff match the quality of the course.
Yardage 6774 Par 72
This spellbinding course would almost certainly be an Open championship course if not for its remote location. The course is undoubtedly worth the journey though, with its timeless setting and natural plateaux raised greens making this course truly remarkable. Royal Dornoch Golf Club is the third oldest golfing town in the world with records dating back to 1616. Designed by Tom Morris, its reputation is underlined by the fact that it has 200 overseas members from USA alone.
Yardage 6577 Par 72