Hole 1

1st hole through sandy waste area - par 4

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Hole 1
Par 4 SI 9

The tee shot on the first is perhaps one of the most unsettling at Castle Stuart, with penalties lurking both left and right in the form of a solid bank of gorse and the full expanse of the Moray Firth - stroke and distance to the left and lateral water hazard to the right. Contrary to your first impression, the play area is wide (60 yards) and forgiving with supporting upslopes on either side. A modest drive in play leaves a straightforward approach to a green more forgiving to recoveries from the left than right. With its simplicity and flip-flopping asymmetry the opening hole can be straightforward and yet vexing.

  • Yardage
    to Hole
  • 434
  • 360
  • 330
  • 330
  • 299
 Hole 1  Hole 1

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Course Perspective

Prelude to the Course Guide

by Mark Parsinen - Managing Partner/ Co-Designer

  • HeatherHeather
  • RoughRough
  • BunkerBunker
  • FootpathFootpath
  • GorseGorse or Whins
  • CourseOn-Course Track
  • SandyOpen Sandy Area
  • SlopesSlopes, Mounds or Hallows
Key to Course Guide
Distances in Yards

Distance from tees to a point on the course

Distance from a point on the course to the front edge of the green