Golfing in Scotland

Golfing in the Highlands

Scotland has some of the finest golf courses in the world with the Scottish Highlands and Islands boasting some of the most remote and scenic courses to be found anywhere.  The 150,000 golfers that come to Scotland every year will relish every moment of their stay.

The Highlands is blessed with 46 wonderful testing courses, including some of the world’s greatest links courses.  The names of the courses themselves (Royal Dornoch, Brora, Nairn and Tain to name a few) should be enough to make you pack your clubs and set off.  The world famous Carnegie Club at Skibo Castle is also a favourite of many visitors and don’t forget up and coming courses on the world circuit such as Castle Stuart near Inverness.

Many of the courses have been created by some of golf’s most celebrated course architects, notably James Braid and Old Tom Morris.  Certainly, a number of their courses have received makeovers or been lengthened due to the demands of the modern golfer, but the best of their work still exists today.

The Aberdeen Asset Scottish Open

The Aberdeen Asset Scottish Open has become an iconic golf tournament for both Scotland and the international golfing calendar.  In 2011, 2012 and 2013 the tournament was held at the stunning and challenging Highland links course, Castle Stuart, overlooking the Moray Firth near Inverness.  The championship will return to Castle Stuart in 2016.

Many of our holiday homes are within a 30 minute drive of Castle Stuart, some are even closer.  We have the following logo in the property descriptions of all holiday homes within a short distance of the golf club. Holiday homes close by are in Inverness, the Black Isle and Nairn areas.

Scottish Open Golf Competitions

Happygolf – Scotland is the publication with all the details you need to enter over 2,300 open golf competitions across Scotland in 2015.  Several hundred more competitions than ‘The Wee Yellow Book’. Small in size, easy to carry, and with information arranged in a way that makes identifying competitions YOU wish to play, it’s easier than ever before.

This is the ultimate information source for open golf events in Scotland – purchase Golf Scotland Booklet (you will be redirected to the Happygolf website).

Golf Courses in the Scottish Highlands

For the first time, the Dornoch Firth Golf Pass brings together five of the Highland’s finest golf courses to offer an easy to book golf card for the visitor enabling great discounts to be taken throughout the year.

With a £40 Dornoch Firth Golf Pass you receive 30% off when you play Brora, Golspie, Tain and Royal Dornoch’s Championship Links and Struie course.

The card can be purchased at any of the courses involved as well as at many other attractions and from accommodation providers in the area.  You can also visit our website and do it all from there.  You then simply book your tee times direct with the golf club to receive your discount.  Get your Dornoch Firth Golf pass here.

The five golf courses in the Dornoch Firth Golf Pass provide their own unique challenges but together combine to offer a truly superb links golf experience.  Here’s a brief introduction to what they offer:

Brora Golf Club

Par 69, 6156 Yards

Brora is the headquarters of the James Braid Golfing Society and is quoted by its President Peter Thomson as “one of the finest natural links course I have had the pleasure of playing.”

The club golfer, too, will derive equal pleasure and satisfaction from this traditional links course.

Golspie Golf Club

Par 70, 6021 Yards

Set at the foot of Ben Bhraggie, Golspie Golf Club offers one of the finest settings for a round of golf.

Designed by the legendary James Braid the course offers a unique blend of seaside links, heath and parkland golf and is a refreshing challenge to all abilities of golfer.

Royal Dornoch Championship Course

Par 70, 6595 Yards

The links of the famous Royal Dornoch Golf Club stand as one of the great outposts of world golf and one of the finest of all golf courses.  It is consistently ranked in the top 20 golf courses worldwide.

Its praises have been sung by many visitors including Tom Watson, an honorary member, who said: “This is the most fun I have ever had on a golf course”.

Royal Dornoch Struie Course

Par 72, 6276 Yards

Royal Dornoch’s second course the Strule, although shorter than its older neighbour, is a fine test of golf, requiring accurate shot making.

As with most links, it is flat and easy to walk around but the narrow fairways make it an enjoyable test of golf.  A fine course for both beginners and the more experienced alike.

Tain Golf Club

Par 70, 6404 Yards

The layout of Tain Golf Club’s Course is the work of Old Tom Morris.

The wonderful views of sea and mountains add to the pleasure of playing on a traditional links that boasts many testing holes, including the 3rd (rated as one of the best 18 holes in the British Isles) and the 17th (acknowledged as the best short hole ever designed by Old Tom Morris).


Find the perfect base in the Dornoch area for your Highland golfing experience – browse our Dornoch Golf Accommodation Holiday Homes and Cottages.

Some of the golf courses in the Scottish Highlands you may wish to try out: