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Golf In and Around Inverness

Stunning golf in and around Inverness. What a fantastic week for Golf to re-open in Scotland.  We are very lucky to have some fabulous championship golf courses on our door step at the Palace as well as some courses with simply stunning views.  So for any eager golfer planning a visit to Inverness and the Scottish Highlands to test yourself against these challenging courses.  Here is our review of the one’s closest to us and as we play them again we will update this blog with the latest low down on the courses.

Golf in & Around Inverness – AAM Scottish Golf Open 7-10th July 2016

  1. Castle Stuart – established in 2009 and designed by Mark Parsinen and Gil Hanse this fabulous course is challenging at can test the best of professional golfers. The course boasts a fabulous reputation, it has hosted the European Tour Scottish Open 4 times. Phil Mickleson previous Scottish Open winner and Open Championship winner has spoken very fondly of this fabulous course ” it should be a prerequisite to play Castle Stuart before you’re allowed to design golf courses”. The course offers players not only a wonderful golfing experience, plus some of the most stunning scenery.  This links course enjoys views of the Moray Firth, Chanonry Point, Fort George and Ben Wyvis. Our Local players perspective…”Fabulous course with deceptively wide fairways and large undulating fast greens. Superb use of the natural landscape, much of which has been used to defend the course. The par 3’s are a treat and like the rest of the course, play very differently with changes in wind direction. A must play and suitable for all but especially mid to low handicappers.”

Golf In and Around Inverness – Castle Stuart Course

2. Inverness Golf Club – this lovely course, is located in the heart of the city.  The course was established in 1883 and designed by George Smith and J J Fraser. Alterations have been made to the course by James Braid, 5 times Open Champion. The fabulous course is located in parkland, with generous fairways, it offers tree lined holes for players to navigate and immaculate greens. Plus the mill burn is a challenging hazard to negotiate!  Our Local players perspective “This course is a brilliant walk and if you’re hitting the ball straight, it will be a good day out. Trees line the majority of this parkland course hidden discretely close to the centre of Inverness. Superbly manicured fairways and greens as well as some cunningly placed bunkers make this course a real treat to play. The 6th hole is a favourite with the blind tee shot and a short pitch to the raised green. It looks like an easy par 4 but a walk to the to the top of hill might get you thinking.”

3. Kings Club Inverness – was established in 2019 by Stuart Rennie.  This redeveloped course was originally Torvean Golf club, however a massive investment programme by Highland Council brings this new invigorated golfing experience at the Kings Club. The course wynds it’s way up and down the sloping ground and offers some fabulous views particularly the 12th. Visitors are welcome all year round.  Our local players perspective “This course has something for everyone. Par 3’s have varying degrees of difficulty and the long par 5’s offer up great birdie opportunities and even an elusive eagle with some great shots. Lots of hole variety throughout so great for golfers with all the shots. Along with the top class golf are top class views but don’t get distracted too much as you’ll need all your concentration for your approach to the 18th green. Watch out for the ducks.!!”

4. Nairn Dunbar Golf Course – this traditional links course was established in 1899 by Sir Alexander Dunbar of Boath who gifted the club the land. The course has a strong heritage and offers a great golfing experience. The course is no stranger to competition and has previously hosted the R&A Boys Championship in 2017, the 2018 PGA Northern Open plus 2021 the course will host the Amateur Championship! The course is situated on the Moray Firth coastline and enjoys superb views and sometimes interesting wind conditions.  Our Local Players Perspective “This course is ideal for the casual golfer who loves to play well but doesn’t get too upset by the odd bad shot. It’s a nice challenging course and has a fantastic variety of holes. It is one of the better courses suitable for all standards in the area.”

5. Nairn Golf Club – is a fabulous example of a traditional links golf course. The club was opened in 1877 and has a well established history of exciting golfing stories. This super course previously hosted the Walker Cup in 1999 and in 2012 the Curtis Cup. An exceptional golfing experience, with stunning scenery on offer to those lucky enough to play this course. Interesting golfing fact – Colin Montgomerie won the Scottish Amateur Open at this course!  Our Local Players Perspective “Still one of the finest courses in the area with arguable the fastest greens in the North. It’s a real test and course management is the key with this one. It’s well maintained and the greens really are outstanding.  Make sure your putting game is at its best to score well.”

Golf in & around Inverness – Nairn Golf Course

Come & Discover Golf in the Highlands on World renowned local courses

  • Castle Stuart Golf Course this links offers a golfing experience that captures the mind and tests every element in your golfing armory and has previously hosted the Scottish Open.
  • Royal Dornoch Golf Club, an outstanding links Championship course of the highest order set in beautiful surroundings.
  • Moray Golf Club ( Moray Old), has a classic links layout with deep bunkers. Here you will be thoroughly tested in every aspect of your game.
  • Nairn Golf Club, a challenging scenic links course with stunning views of soft rolling hills & Highland peaks.
  • Tain Golf Club, a beautiful scenic links course with the sea on one side and mountains on the other. This course benefits from sheltered location allowing golf all year round.
  • Nairn Dunbar Golf Club, this links course is another must for golf enthusiasts and a gem on the Highland Coast of the Moray Firth.
  • Brora Golf Club, this links course has a profusion of gorse, thyme and juniper growing with the sounds and sight of the sea greeting you on every tee.
Royal Dornoch Golf Club

Royal Dornoch Golf Course – The Worlds No. 10 Golf Course by Golf Digest 2019.

19 Local Area Courses for you to Enjoy

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Book your golfing getaway to the Highlands with a stay at the Best Western Inverness Palace Hotel & Spa.  You can make the Palace your base for your Group Golfing Break and you can link here to the Group Golf Package for Golfers looking to plan a group getaway around the stunning courses in the Highlands.  Look forward to a warm welcome, we are ideally located on the banks of the River Ness, opposite the castle.  Make sure to dine and sip your favourite tipple in the Brasserie and Bar.  Enjoy car parking, free Wi-Fi and don’t forget the superb new leisure club. Remember #bookdirect for your best offers. Call our reservations team on 01463 22 32 43 or email us at Palace. We look forward to welcoming you soon!

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