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Courses Around Inverness


You will find 22 courses scattered about the Inverness area. There are no British Open courses this far north in Scotland, but that has more to do with the lack of support infrastructure (hotels, public transportation, etc.) than it does the quality of the courses. With three world-class courses and 10 Hidden Gems, Inverness offers The Independent Golfer all that is needed for a memorable golf experience.

World Class Courses

  • Castle Stewart – The newest addition to the area, this course attempts to create, on virgin links land, a destination golf resort with the feel of the great Scottish links courses. Designed by Gil Hanse (who was recently selected to design the Olympic course for the 21xx Rio Games) and completed in 2009 by Mark Parsinen (the same man who created Kingsbarns Golf Links in St. Andrews) this course features six holes that run close along the Moray Firth with the remainder ambling above and offering wonderful views of the mountains and the sea. Though quite new, Castle Stewart has already been selected as a site for the Barclays Scottish Open on the European Tour.

  • Nairn – Key features of this seaside links course are its meticulous maintenance, modern clubhouse, links land setting along the Moray Firth and the members’ ability to promote their course as a site for numerous national and international championships. Variation is the theme at Nairn. Though the wind might be constant, the changes in direction of the holes at times, require you, to play cautious and, at other times, allow you to be bold with your tee shots and approaches. While some holes, especially those along the sea shore, are flat and long, others ask you to climb hills or hit down to delightfully placed greens situated among tumbling hummocks. You play some holes on open, gorse-lined fairways and others near stands of large trees.

  • Royal Dornoch-Championship Course – You simply have to experience this course. As you play over classic links land that borders the North Sea at the Dornoch Firth, you will be awed by its wild magnificence of sea, sky, mountains and ancient, grass-covered dunes while having every shot you have in your bag tested. Golf Magazine recently ranked it the SECOND BEST course in Scotland, only outranked by The Old Course at St. Andrews. Yet, because of its remoteness (45 miles north of Inverness and 8 degrees below the Arctic Circle) Royal Dornoch is relatively uncrowded and retains a personal intimacy long since lost by the more famous courses in the south.

Hidden Gems

  Golf Courses Around Inverness  

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Within a 30 Minute Drive

9 . Granton-on-Spey
10. Invergordon
11. Inverness
13. Loch Ness

Within a One Hour Drive

21. Tain
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