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JEREMY’S LONG DRIVE IS ALL PART OF THE JOB

  • January 3, 2018
JEREMY’S LONG DRIVE IS ALL PART OF THE JOB

Castle Stuart Golf Links may be closed for the winter, but the work doesn’t stop. Director of Golf Jeremy Matte will spend much of January in his native US promoting the course and the wider Highlands to potential visitors and also taking the best ideas from other clubs back to Scotland. Starting on 9 January, Jeremy will spend 14 days, travelling hundreds of miles, touring golf facilities in South Carolina and Florida. Beginning at Hilton Head National on Hilton Head Island, his hectic schedule includes the Arnold Palmer-designed Wexford Plantation, Colleton River club, the historic...

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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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CAPACITY FIELD FOR CASTLE STUART LOCAL OPEN QUALIFYING

  • November 2, 2017
CAPACITY FIELD FOR CASTLE STUART LOCAL OPEN QUALIFYING

A capacity field of more than 200 golfers will battle it out this weekend to earn a place in the final of the seventh annual Castle Stuart Men’s Local Open. Qualifying events for the tournament will be held on Saturday and Sunday, with 208 players taking part over the two days. Such is the popularity of the event that booking was opened earlier and, with all spaces filled, a waiting list is operating. Played over the championship course where the European Tour has staged four Scottish Opens, the event is open to golfers living in the IV, KW and PH19 – PH41 postcode areas. The...

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AWARD CAPS RECORD-BREAKING YEAR AT CASTLE STUART

  • November 2, 2017
AWARD CAPS RECORD-BREAKING YEAR AT CASTLE STUART

Stuart McColm, general manager, Castle Stuart Golf Links As our season draws to a close, it was wonderful for everyone at Castle Stuart to be recognised in the Scottish Golf Tourism Awards to cap a record-breaking year. Castle Stuart was shortlisted in five categories and ultimately was rewarded in the best value (over £100) category, underlining our value for money. It means a lot to us to be recognised as the whole team here works tirelessly on a day to day basis to achieve great service on and off the course. That service has helped us achieve our best visitor numbers ever this...

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CASTLE STUART HONOURED AT SCOTTISH GOLF TOURISM AWARDS

  • October 27, 2017
CASTLE STUART HONOURED AT SCOTTISH GOLF TOURISM AWARDS

  The four-time Scottish Open venue Castle Stuart Golf Links has been recognised in the prestigious Scottish Golf Tourism Awards. The Moray Firth course was shortlisted in five categories and was ultimately rewarded for offering value for money by picking up the award in the best value (over £100) category. The awards gala dinner was attended by more than 350 guests from across the Scottish golf scene at the Trump Turnberry resort last night (October 26). Stuart McColm, Castle Stuart’s general manager, said: “We are delighted to receive this award and would like to thank...

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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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