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SEAN WARMS TO DUBAI CAREER MOVE

  • December 13, 2017
SEAN WARMS TO DUBAI CAREER MOVE

From the Scottish Highlands to the Pacific northwest and now the Middle East desert, Sean Gunn’s career learning curve continues to rise. He began 2017 at the leading golf resort at Bandon Dunes in Oregon and will welcome in the new year at the world-renowned Emirates Golf Club in Dubai. In between, he returned home to the internationally-renowned Castle Stuart Golf Links, near Inverness, which enjoyed its busiest ever year. Sean has worked at Castle Stuart, a four-time Scottish Open host, for four years, having gained a Diploma in Sports Coaching and a BA in Sports Management at Inverness...

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GORDON IS KING OF THE CASTLE WITH OPEN VICTORY

  • November 13, 2017
GORDON IS KING OF THE CASTLE WITH OPEN VICTORY

Loch Ness Golf Club’s Gordon Grant is the new Castle Stuart Local Open champion in a record-breaking year for the competition. Gordon topped the field of 12 golfers who contested the final over the four-time Scottish Open course, winning by one point in a closely-fought match. The 9-handicapper notched 36 Stableford points to earn a narrow victory over nearest rivals Scott Duff (Strathpeffer Golf Club), Keith Dinwoodie (Inverness GC) and Muir Morton (Alness GC), who all finished on 35 points. Consistency was the key to Gordon's victory, scoring at least one point on each hole, the only...

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LOOKING AFTER COURSE VISITORS AND RESIDENTS

  • October 16, 2017
LOOKING AFTER COURSE VISITORS AND RESIDENTS

Stuart McColm, general manager, Castle Stuart Golf Links Managing a golf course is about caring for the non-paying users as well as those visitors who hand over green fees. Castle Stuart has earned a reputation for sustainable and environmentally-friendly course management, which has brought us awards from bodies such as GEO (Golf Environment Organization), but also rewards such as an abundance of wildlife. Our careful husbandry of a sensitive area has seen us create and develop a course to European Tour standards on a Site of Special Scientific Interest and Special Area of Conservation...

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CASTLE STUART WELCOMES EXTRA BA INVERNESS-HEATHROW FLIGHTS

  • October 6, 2017
CASTLE STUART WELCOMES EXTRA BA INVERNESS-HEATHROW FLIGHTS

Castle Stuart Golf Links has welcomed news of more flights between Inverness and Heathrow which will greatly increase leisure traffic to the Highlands. BA has announced a 30 per cent increase in capacity on the route, from seven to ten flights a week, beginning in March next year. The first tee at Castle Stuart is less than a five-minute drive from Inverness Airport and the course has seen a significant increase in golfers visiting the four-time Scottish Open venue since BA re-introduced the Inverness-Heathrow link in May 2016. It believes the additional services will now see even more...

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WHISKY AND GOLF TRIP FOR LUCKY WINNER DAVE 

  • October 3, 2017

Castle Stuart Golf Links and Tomatin Distillery are helping to provide a trip of a lifetime, combining the twin pleasures of golf and whisky, for Dave Pastoor from the Netherlands. As the winner of a prize draw at the Castle Stuart/Tomatin stand at the recent KLM Open, Dave has won return flight with KLM from Schiphol to Inverness for two, accommodation and golf for two at Castle Stuart, a VIP distillery tour at Tomatin Distillery, as well as a bottle of 1988 Vintage Tomatin whisky. A pleasantly surprised Dave said he doesn’t normally win anything but is now looking forward to an amazing...

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JAMES ON COURSE FOR NEW ROLE AT CASTLE STUART GOLF LINKS

  • September 28, 2017

The internationally-renowned Castle Stuart Golf Links has appointed James Hutchison as head greenkeeper as it seeks to build on its reputation for sustainable and environmentally-friendly course management. James, who joined Castle Stuart as a greenkeeper during its construction in 2007, has been deputy course manager since the four-time Scottish Open venue opened in 2009. He replaces Chris Haspell who is leaving Castle Stuart to take up a new post within the industry. Senior greenkeeper Stuart Hawker is the new deputy head greenkeeper. During his time at Castle Stuart, James helped...

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CASTLE STUART AND TOMATIN JOIN FORCES AT KLM OPEN 

  • September 11, 2017
CASTLE STUART AND TOMATIN JOIN FORCES AT KLM OPEN 

Stefanie Whyte, Castle Stuart Golf Links administration and marketing manager  The enduring partnership of golf and whisky will be used to showcase the Highlands in The Netherlands next week. Castle Stuart Golf Links and the Tomatin Distillery will jointly host a stand at the KLM Open at The Dutch in Spijk from 14-17 September. I’ll be joined by Nigel Robinson, Tomatin’s regional sales manager for The Netherlands. Castle Stuart has had an association with Tomatin since we opened in 2009 and we stock many of the award-winning whiskies in the clubhouse, including the 36-year-old...

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HEADING HOME AFTER AN UNFORGETTABLE EXPERIENCE – AND SEEING AN ALBATROSS

  • May 5, 2017
HEADING HOME AFTER AN UNFORGETTABLE EXPERIENCE – AND SEEING AN ALBATROSS

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 last of a series of blogs on his new role, he describes swapping the Moray Firth for the Pacific coast. An amazing highlight of my time here was taking part in the Bandon Dunes Pro-Am. It was played over three courses - Old Macdonald, Bandon Dunes and Bandon Trails – and as I am currently working on the resort as an assistant professional I was asked to join the team of Brandon Carter...

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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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