Where to Play Golf

There are more than 50 golf courses within an hour’s drive from Castle Stuart – here are some of the most notable

North Coast 500

More than 500 miles of the best the North Highlands has to offer. The route way runs to and from Inverness, venturing round the capital of the Highlands, up the West Coast and back via the rugged north coast.

North Coast Golfing Itinerary – Website


Boat of Garten Golf Course

Designed by one of the grand-masters of golf course architecture, James Braid (1870-1950), “The Boat” is set alongside the River Spey in the heart of the Cairngorms National Park, only 10 minutes drive from the bustling village of Aviemore. The course is not only renowned as a demanding test of sporting skill but also as a magnificent setting for the game. Braid’s design features 18 completely individual holes, cleverly and sensitively routed holes lined by birch trees, heather and broom, maximising the natural landscape and producing a beautiful and challenging course.


Brora Golf Club

Brora Golf Club is a traditional links course, designed by James Braid, where little has changed since he left in 1923. Brora is also the headquarters of the James Braid Golfing Society, and while its President, Peter Thomson, and fellow member Ronan Rafferty annually enthuse, the club golfer, the bedrock of the game, will derive equal pleasure and satisfaction from Brora’s 6110 yards.

Fortrose & Rosemarkie GC - 4th Hole - Signature Hole

Fortrose & Rosemarkie Golf Club

Course architect James Braid’s remarkable achievement in designing 18 challenging holes within the narrow Chanonry peninsula is instantly 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’.


Golspie Golf Club

Golspie Golf Course designed by James Braid is situated on the Dornoch Firth with a beguiling mix of classic links, heath and parkland holes. The course has stunning views from all holes of the Dornoch Firth on one side and the backdrop of Ben Bhraggie on the other. The Par 70 course offers an excellent golfing experience whether you are a plus 1 handicapper or an enthusiastic beginner.


Highland Golf Links

When planning a visit to the Highlands, be sure to have a look at
the Highland Golf Links website where you will find a weatlh of resouces that can help initiate a plan for a memorable Highlands golf excursion.


Inverness Golf Club

A warm welcome awaits you at Inverness Golf Club. Our parkland course offers golfers of all abilities a really good challenge. There are lovely lush fairways, generous well manicured greens as well as some deep bunkers that you should avoid! After your round you can enjoy a refreshing drink and appetising snack/meal in our comfortable elevated lounge bar which boasts magnificent views over the course and surrounding areas.


Royal Dornoch Golf Club

Royal Dornoch Golf Club is within the World’s top 20 golf courses and one of the best Links layouts that you will ever experience. Formed in 1877, Dornoch has now been a Royal club for over 100 years! A Royal title means exceptional standards and they always aim to exceed the expectations of their frequent visitors.


The Nairn Golf Club

Nestling on the shores of the Moray Firth this Traditional Scottish Golf Links Course was created from a Highland wilderness of gorse and heather, and tests the talents of professional and amateur alike. Founded in 1887, it is now one of the best courses in Scotland, and has hosted a large number of important championships


Nairn Dunbar

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 has hosted many national events such as the Northern Open Professional Championship, the Scottish Ladies Amateur Stroke Play, the Scottish Boys Stroke Play and the Scottish Amateur Stroke Play Championship

Spey Valley

Spey Valley Golf Course

Golfers are in for a treat at the new Spey Valley Championship Golf Course, destined to become one of the best inland golf courses in Scotland, with some of the most breathtaking views in the world. Course designer, Dave Thomas, refers to Spey Valley as the potential jewel in his crown.


Tain Golf Club

Our Championship length links enjoys spectacular views over mountains and sea and benefits from a sheltered climate, which allows favourable golfing conditions for most of the year. With our 3rd hole rated as one of the best 18 links holes in Scotland and our 17th acknowledged as one of the top 18 holes designed by Old Tom Morris, we believe that Tain offers one of the finest settings and challenges for a round of golf.

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