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Golf in the Highlands is synonymous with Nairn.

In recent years many prestigious Championships have been awarded to local courses including the 1994 British Amateur, 1999 the Walker Cup and 2012 the ladies turn with the Curtis Cup.  Castle Stuart just a short drive away is home of the Scottish Open.

Nairn is now world renowned as a premier golfing destination with easy accessibility to both well and lesser known courses. The cost of green fees in the Highland area is still well within everybody's budget and with most of our courses offering a day ticket there is nowhere in Scotland which compares price wise. Distance presents no problem because nowhere in the Highlands is very far away. Imagine the fifty or so minute drive to Royal Dornoch through some of the most beautiful scenery and you cannot be anywhere else but the uncrowded, environmentally friendly Scottish Highlands.

Nairn's position to the East of Inverness (15 miles) and being very close (10 minutes) to Inverness Airport opens up to us the great courses of the County of Moray and allows the area to be able to boast a portfolio of courses which is second to none. Nearby Golf Courses.

The proprietor of Inveran Lodge is a golfer and help with course selection and booking can be organised.  Golfers are well understood and early tee times with early departures or drying out (rarely!) is happily undertaken.

Boat of Garten Golf Club, Inverness-shire

Par 69 Wooded Heathland Course

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. 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. Popular with visitors, from both home and abroad, the course has become firmly established as a "must" for those enjoying a golfing tour of the Scottish Highlands.

The clubhouse with its restaurant, bar and integral visitor changing rooms offers a warm and friendly welcome and a high standard of catering to the visitor. A well-stocked golf shop also serves to satisfy the golfer's every need.

Carrbridge Golf Club, Carrbridge, Inverness-shire

Par 71 Parkland/Heathland Course

Set in beautiful scenery, the course is a mixture of parkland and heath land. Although fairly short, it provides a challenge for golfers of all standards. Visitors are welcome to enjoy a relaxing day on the course - prior booking is not necessary. Facilities include: Club and trolley hire and Putting green.

Cruden Bay Golf Club, Peterhead

Par 70 Links Course

Tom Simpson is the architect who masterminded Cruden Bay, many believing it to be his finest work. Simpson himself included the 1st, 8th and 18th among his selection of the best 18 holes in Britain and Ireland, the 1st calling for a well placed drive and a good second to an angled, well bunkered green. The more daring the drive close to the gorse on the right, the easier the second. The course is a perpetual battle of wits but it is all unmistakably fun and, since golfers are inclined to take themselves and the game too seriously that is a great compliment. Majestic is almost too weak a word to describe it all although Simpson's high ranking of the 18th might be considered a little over done. However, with out of bounds on the left, a burn running across the fairway and a rumpled fairway culminating in diagonal ridge in front of the green, it underlines the need for a sharp cunning and judgement.  Whilst this course has been included in this website it is worth pointing out that the drive from Nairn to Cruden Bay will be a good two and a half hours.  Whilst in the North East area Royal Aberdeen is a must too!

Elgin Golf Club, Hardhillock, Moray-shire

Par 69 Heathland Course

Founded in 1906, Elgin Golf Club is a testing heathland course measuring 6401 yards with a par of 69 and a standard scratch of 71, fully justifying its claim to be one of the finest inland courses in the northern part of Scotland. This course, a test to low and high handicap players alike, is always kept in immaculate condition by the greenstaff and, while playing one's round, there is the added beauty of the panoramic views - looking north over the city of Elgin, and to the south, the hills stretching to the distant Cairngorm Mountains. In recent years, the club has hosted a number of Pro-Ams, and received great praise from the Tartan Tour professionals with regard to the standard of the course and conditions of the greens. One of the main features at Elgin are the eight par 4 holes over 400 yards, which are a severe test to all.

Forres Bay Golf Club, Muiryshade, Moray-shire

Par 70 Parkland Course

The 800 year old Royal Burgh of Forres can be found in the Highlands of Scotland nestled between the Moray Firth to the north and Farquhar Hills to the South. Forres is renowned for its magnificent floral displays and sculptures centered in the Grant Park. Situated within easy reach of the Cairngorms and Loch Ness along with the picturesque fishing villages and the Whisky and Castle Trails make Forres an ideal holiday destination.

Forres Golf Club celebrated its centenary year in 1989. The original 9 holes were designed by James Braid and in 1912 Willie Park was enlisted to construct the new layout to 18 holes. The course, which has hosted the Scottish Professional Championship, is remembered mostly for its spectacular views of surrounding countryside, its tree lined fairways and the infamous 16th hole, aptly named The Pond, provides a watery grave for many stray golf balls.

Fortrose & Rosemarkie Golf Club, Fortrose, Ross & Cromarty

Par 70 Links Course

This unusual and captivating course was laid out on the narrow Charonry Point peninsula by James Braid and opened in 1888. It has been described as "perhaps the brightest jewel in the Highlands' golfing crown" and is certainly worth a pilgrimage. Small deceptive greens and strategically-placed bunkers, as well as the natural hazards of gorse and sea, provide a thorough examination of the golfer. The course has magnificent views over the Cromarty Firth and of the forbidding barracks at Fort George, while bottle nosed dolphins can sometimes be spied off shore. The club extends a warm welcome to visitors in the sure knowledge that they will almost certainly wish to come back.

Grantown-on-Spey Golf Club, Grantown-on-Spey, Inverness-shire

Par 70 Parkland/Woodland Course

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. 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.

Inverness Culcabock Golf Club, Inverness

Par 69 Parkland Course

Inverness Golf Club is situated less than one mile from Inverness town centre. Situated on a rolling plateau overlooking the Beauly Firth, this par 69, SSS 70 parkland course has a number of features. Over the years, Club Councils have planted many trees which now make the course tree-lined and with the Millburn running throughout the course, it demands accurate hitting to stay out of trouble, The course's length, at 6,226 is not long by modern standards, which makes it an enjoyable test of golf.

Visitors are made welcome at Inverness, with many off-peak tee times available during weekdays, although Thursday is ladies' day and times are limited. Saturday is the busiest day as most are taken up with Members' competitions, so should be avoided up to 18.00.  

Kingussie Golf Club, Kingussie, Inverness-shire

Par 67 Parkland Course

Golf has been played at Kingussie since 1891. In 1908 Kingussie sought the advice of Harry Vardon and extended the course to 18 holes. While some improvements and modifications have been made, the course is still very much as it was - highland golf at its very best! Indeed, Kingussie offers exceptional quality and prides its value-for-money reputation.

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 offer 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 also offers a small caravan park with camping facilities where guests are able to access the services of the clubhouse. All visitors and organized parties are warmly welcome.

Moray Old Golf Club, Lossiemouth

Par 70 Links Course

Moray Old is a challenging round of golf, but your good shots will also be rewarded. It is a fair test of true links golf and many visitors return again and again to take on its challenge. You will have the opportunity at some holes to throw the ball right onto the greens, whereas for other shots you will get the chance to pitch and run. As former Masters and five times Open Champion Tom Watson, said - "it took me a number of years and visits to Scotland, before I caught on that links golf was the really traditional way to play the game, and above all, that it was fun!".

Moray New Golf Club, Lossiemouth

Par 69 Links Course

As well as the challenging Moray Old Championship Course, the Club is also delighted to offer to you a second, but also challenging, 18 hole links course. Converted into 18 holes in 1979 by the late Sir Henry Cotton, the Moray New is somewhat shorter than Moray Old, however, its tighter fairways and smaller greens make it a fine test of true links golf. If you have the time when visiting to play 2 rounds, we highly recommend to you a round on both of these courses.

Muir of Ord Golf Club, Muir of Ord, Ross-shire

Par 68 Heathland/Moorland Course

Muir of Ord Golf Club was known originally as the Inverness Golf Club. The course was designed in part by James Braid, lying to the west of the old A9 road. It was laid out mainly on old arable and rough grazing land in 1875. On the first and eighteenth fairways the outlines of old 'lazy beds' can still be seen: this was an early form of cultivation consisting of raised beds of earth. Bisected by the Inverness to Wick railway line, this heathland course has improved tremendously over recent years with the addition of 5 new holes and the overseeding of all the fairways.

The par 3 twelfth measuring 219 yards is probably one of the toughest in the Highlands with almost no margin for error and some tricky holes down the stretch for home to ensure a demanding par of 68.

Nairn Golf Club, Nairn, Inverness-shire

Par 72 Links Course

Since hosting the British Amateur Championship in 1994, Nairn Golf Club has shot to prominence. Prior to that, this idyllic spot had nestled unassumingly on the shores of the Moray Firth and had contented itself with modest local acclaim. However, with the building of the new clubhouse, and the provision of facilities to match the quality of the layout, Nairn's ambitions have risen to an appropriate level. These ambitions were realized in 1999 when  Nairn played host to the Walker Cup, where the GB & I team's final day singles display gave them an emphatic victory over their more favoured American counterparts.  Since then in 2012 Nairn has hosted the ladies equivalent witht the Curtis Cup where once again the Americans came second!

 

For the coming of the Walker Cup, the finishing touches were put to a set up which has to be the envy of most clubs. A new pro-shop was added and the practice tee, previously on a fairly steep slope, was tiered to provide a tremendous area for honing your swing. With these additions, along with the large practice putting green situated in front of the clubhouse, Nairn really is a golfer's paradise!  The wee Cameron course of 9 holes also serves as a super warm up or for those not really wanting the challenge of the main course.

Nairn Dunbar Golf Club, Nairn, Inverness-shire

Par 72 Links Course

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. 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 Strokeplay. Three new holes were introduced in 1994 to enhance the overall layout. A spacious new clubhouse was officially opened in May 1998 by Sir Michael Bonallack OBE. Facilities include an extensive lounge/bar, dining room and a visitor's locker room.  Nairn Dunbar is immaculately presented at all times and gives the golfer a slightly different golfing experience from that of the other course in Nairn.  It is slightly longer, very tough but a little more forgiving being set back slightly from the sea with dunes in between.  The lovely new stone bridges complement the new holes which one would never know are new!

Royal Dornoch Golf Club, Dornoch, Inverness-shire

Par 70 Links Course

Despite its northerly latitude, some 45 miles North of Inverness and nearly 200 miles from Edinburgh, improvements to roads help Royal Dornoch to continue to be one of the most popular golf courses in Scotland. So well is it regarded that magazine polls across the world regularly have it in their top twenty, it is well worth the extra miles it takes to get there.

Old Tom Morris originally laid the course out in 1891 and John Sutherland - Dornoch's club secretary from 1882 through to 1935 - made subsequent changes. After World War II the course was again considerably altered by George Duncan who designed five new holes: Nos 7 through to 11.

It is classic links with the first 8 holes following the natural slants and humps of old dune embankments while the rest flank the sandy beaches of Dornoch Bay. Raised or sloping greens are characteristic as well as elevated tees so the target is well presented although rarely easy to reach. Dornoch, perhaps more than most, is a thinking golfers course where it is not enough to simply keep the ball on the fairway.  Each hole is absolutely individual and whilst the opening 8 holes slightly sheltered by the escarpment lull the golfer into a sense of security, the holes from the turn are a true test of skill and ability.  Ranked in these must be Foxy the tricky and difficult long par four at 14.  Two highly accurate shots to hit this plateau green are required to make par.  The 17th also tempts the golfer into hitting into the bottom of the escarpment and if too far to the right rewards the golfer with a much longer shot in.  Huge bunkers guard the massive green.  Climb up a short brae from there and the clubhouse and home is in sight with only the 18th to conquer.  When finished you know that you have played a true championship course.

Skibo Castle Golf Club, Dornoch, Sutherland

Par 70 Links Course

The Carnegie Links represents all that is great about Scottish golf, from the friendly, intimate and warm Golf House to its fine traditional links course. This Scottish Championship links course is complemented by The Monk's Walk, a parkland course at the foot of the Castle. Both courses are private to our residential members and guests. Great care has been taken to ensure that the experience of playing the Carnegie Links (within four miles of the famous Royal Dornoch Golf Club) is authentic to the era of Andrew Carnegie.

The course, designed by Donald Steel and Tom Mackenzie, offers the golfer a rare opportunity to play a links course which remains firm and fast. It requires a broad repertoire of shots, not simply the modern style of aerial bombardment golf, and demands that any golfer, regardless of standard, is rewarded for thoughtful and skilful play rather than for power.  At the present time it is only possible to play this course whilst staying at the Castle.

 

Tain Golf Club, Tain, Ross & Cromarty

Par 70 Links Course

In 1895 it was written "The members of St. Duthus (Tain) Golf Club will extend a hearty Highland welcome to every knight of the Royal and Ancient Game who may pay a visit to their Royal and Ancient Town." This 'northern jewel' was laid out five years before in 1890 by Old Tom Morris and occupies a varied stretch of links land, which brings to mind another famous Royal and Ancient town in Fife. The course is invariably in excellent condition with greens that have been described as 'among the best in Britain'. Tain Golf Course can be enjoyed by golfers of all abilities and the ingredients of length, natural links turf, water and strategic bunkering make this a thinking golfer's course, where straight tee shots and course management bring their rewards. The new clubhouse, opened in July 1998 contains a well appointed and welcoming bar and dining room.


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