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BELMOND ROYAL SCOTSMAN GUESTS WILL BE KINGS OF THE CASTLE

  • March 24, 2017
BELMOND ROYAL SCOTSMAN GUESTS WILL BE KINGS OF THE CASTLE

What could be better for a golfer with an appreciation of quality than travelling in style through some of Scotland’s finest scenery and playing at one of the most renowned championship courses? Well, what if you also shared the trip with a legendary European Ryder Cup captain? This summer Belmond Royal Scotsman, one of the UK’s finest luxury sleeper trains, has joined with internationally-acclaimed Castle Stuart Golf Links, to offer an unforgettable experience – the Scottish Golf Tour in Association with Sam Torrance. This four-night adventure will take 40 passengers on a journey...

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NEW CHALLENGES AWAIT AT CASTLE STUART IN 2017

  • March 24, 2017
NEW CHALLENGES AWAIT AT CASTLE STUART IN 2017

by Chris Haspell, Castle Stuart course manager. With summer time starting on Sunday, the better weather and brighter days make it a perfect time for Castle Stuart to open for 2017, our eighth full season. And players will discover a few changes, and some interesting new challenges, on the course when we get underway today. These begin on the 1st tees, which have been made on average 35 yards longer by moving the tee boxes back in order to make the opening drive slightly more challenging without it being too intimidating. The biggest change is on the 560 yard 6th hole. Last year...

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CASTLE STUART PLAYERS WILL AVOID A TRIP AT THE TRAP THIS YEAR

  • March 17, 2017
CASTLE STUART PLAYERS WILL AVOID A TRIP AT THE TRAP THIS YEAR

A new kind of challenge awaits players returning to the renowned Castle Stuart Golf Links when it opens for the 2017 season next week. A formidable and all too familiar feature of the Moray Firth course has undergone a make-over during the last few weeks as staff prepare the course for its 8th season which starts on 24th March. Golfers will find the front part of the large fearsome bunker to the right of the 6th green has been filled in and turfed over. The large trap, with 3-4ft high banks, has caught out hundreds of golfers since the course opened in 2009, with very few being able...

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THE GRASS MAY BE GREENER FOR NEW RECRUITS AT CASTLE STUART

  • February 17, 2017
THE GRASS MAY BE GREENER FOR NEW RECRUITS AT CASTLE STUART

The internationally-renowned Castle Stuart Golf Links is seeking new staff to help maintain the high standard of excellence on its famous links course that has earned the praise of champions. Castle Stuart aims to recruit five new members to its course management team for the start of the 2017 season. This will include a full-time greenkeeper to attend to the course year-round, as well as two full-time and two part-time seasonal staff to work between March and November. In addition, up to five new members of staff are being sought in the clubhouse where the famous Castle Stuart welcome...

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SNOW MAKES ME FEEL AT HOME IN THE US

  • February 16, 2017
SNOW MAKES ME FEEL AT HOME IN THE US

This year, Sean Gunn has temporarily left his operations job at Castle Stuart Golf Links to take up an internship at the renowned Bandon Dunes golf resort in Oregon as part of his career development. In the first of a series of blogs on his new role, he describes swapping the Moray Firth for the Pacific coast. My initial thought on arrival at Bandon Dunes was that the place is extremely impressive. The resort has four 18-hole courses and a 13-hole par 3 course. All four courses have recently been placed comfortably in the Top 100 in North America and to have them all on the same property...

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CASTLE STUART STAFF LEAVE IT LATE TO MAKE THE CUT

  • December 20, 2016
CASTLE STUART STAFF LEAVE IT LATE TO MAKE THE CUT

Green keepers at the internationally renowned Castle Stuart Golf Links are testing both their long and short game skills due to unpredictable weather. While expected severe conditions mean staff are preparing for the arrival of snow, spells of milder December weather means they will be cutting greens and fairways right up until Christmas. Even then, wild fluctuations in the temperature have meant daily changes to the cutting regime and preparations for the start of next season. In one extreme case temperatures plummeted to -6 degrees C, only to rise to 14 degrees C the very next day. A...

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SEAN HOPES US TRIP WILL BE A CAREER DRIVER

  • December 6, 2016
SEAN HOPES US TRIP WILL BE A CAREER DRIVER

A drive to advance his career in the golf industry will see Sean Gunn move from the shores of the Moray Firth to the Pacific Ocean coast this winter. For the next four months, the 24-year-old from Inverness will swap Castle Stuart Golf Links near the Highland capital for the leading golf resort at Bandon Dunes in Oregon where he has secured an internship. Sean has worked at the internationally-renowned Castle Stuart for three years, having gained a Diploma in Sports Coaching and a BA in Sports Management at Inverness College, part of the University of the Highlands and Islands. To...

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FROM FARMLAND TO SCOTTISH OPEN IN FIVE YEARS

  • November 23, 2016
FROM FARMLAND TO SCOTTISH OPEN IN FIVE YEARS

The incredible journey that took Castle Stuart Golf Links from farmland to hosting a European Tour event within five years is being shared with delegates at a major conference this week. In a keynote address to the Golf Union of Wales event, I will be detailing the course’s development, evolution and reputation for making golf more fun and enjoyable while retaining championship credentials. The course that has now hosted the Scottish Open four times in the last six years, was still a working farm when co-designer Mark Parsinen visited the site overlooking the Moray Firth in 2002. Construction...

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SECOND TIME LUCKY FOR WALTER AT CASTLE STUART LOCAL OPEN

  • November 14, 2016
SECOND TIME LUCKY FOR WALTER AT CASTLE STUART LOCAL OPEN

The sixth annual Castle Stuart Men’s Local Open has been won by Walter Geddes, from Inverness Golf Club, who narrowly missed out on the title two years ago. Walter topped an 11-strong field at the weekend, finishing with a Stableford score of 35 points in the competition held over the Moray Firth links, which hosted the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open for the fourth time in six years in July. He eased out Inverness clubmate Graham Fraser, who also finished on 35 points, but Walter took the prize with a better inward half. The win means he has secured a place in next year’s...

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LOCAL OPEN WILL BRING CURTAIN DOWN ON 2016 SEASON

  • November 11, 2016
LOCAL OPEN WILL BRING CURTAIN DOWN ON 2016 SEASON

Players are preparing to tee up for the final of the Castle Stuart Men’s Local Open this weekend, our traditional end-of-season contest. Eleven golfers will compete for the title on Saturday, 12 November having come through a capacity field of 188 in the qualifying rounds on 29 and 30 October. Neil Urquhart (Inverness) topped the Saturday qualifiers with 36 Stableford points and a better inward half than Michael Howitt (Nairn Dunbar) who finished with the same score. They will be joined in the final by Michael Russell (Torvean), who had 35 points, Kevin Dick and Rikki Selkirk (Inverness)...

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