Course Guide

FTH 2022

Guide to the Scottish Highlands Courses

4 of Scotland's Top Courses

Royal Dornoch | Castle Stuart | Nairn | Old Moray

Royal Dornoch

Royal Dornoch

Designed by Old Tom Morris, formed in 1877, winds along sinuous sandy shores and dunes

#2 – Top 100 Best Courses in Scotland
Castle Stuart

Castle Stuart

Spectacularly set and sublimely designed with far-reaching vistas from nearly every point

#8 - Top 100 Golf Courses in Scotland
Nairn

Nairn

Traditional Scottish Golf Links Course nestled on the shores of the Moray Firth

#20 - Top 100 Golf Courses in Scotland
Old Moray

Old Moray

One of Old Tom Morris' masterpieces, this gem of a links course dates back to 1889.

#28 – Top 100 Golf Courses in Scotland

The Royal Dornoch

#2 – Top 100 Best Courses in Scotland

#14 - Top 100 Golf Courses in the World

Royal Dornoch, designed by Old Tom Morris, was formed in 1877 and has been a Royal club for more than 100 years. The course has been the site of the Northern Open, the Scottish Ladies and the Scottish Professional Championships.  If a course this good was in an accessible area that could handle the multitudes, Royal Dornoch would undoubtedly be in the British Open rotation and be mentioned (even) more frequently among the likes of Turnberry’s Ailsa course, St. Andrews and Carnoustie.

Winding along sinuous sandy shores and among the dunes behind, the fast-running course features humps, hollows, pot bunkers and gorse of a true links test, sandwiched between the sea and purple heather-clad mountains. Watch these Videos of the Royal Dornoch: Royal Dornoch Links and Royal Dornoch Golf Club

Castle Stuart

#8 - Top 100 Best Golf Courses in the Scotland

Home of the 2013 Scottish Open

Castle Stuart unfolds along a stunning Scottish linksland site abutting the Moray Firth. Developer Mark Parsinen, who also built Kingsbarns, worked with designer Gil Hanse to transform the former farmland into a masterful layout where sweeping fairways border fescue-covered dunes and sunken bunkers appear as though they have existed for hundreds of years.

Castle Stuart climbs from the water’s edge to the headlands, offering far-reaching vistas from nearly every point on the course with views across the Moray Firth to Kessock Bridge, Black Isle, and Chanonry Lighthouse.

Spectacularly set and sublimely designed, Castle Stuart Golf Links is something truly special and one of the best courses in the Scotland and the world.

Nairn

#17 – The 18 Best Golf Courses in Scotland, GOLF magazine

#20 - Top 100 Golf Courses in Scotland

Nestling on the shores of the Moray Firth, this Traditional Scottish Golf Links Course was created from a Highland wilderness of gorse and heather, and tests the talents of professional and amateur alike. Founded in 1887, it is now one of the best courses in Scotland, and has hosted a large number of important championships.

The Nairn Golf Club’s truly remarkable feature is that from every hole you can see the Moray Firth and the golden colouring and changing lights of the Black Isle.

Home to both the Curtis Cup in 2013 and the Walker Cup in 1999, which has been played at the finest venues in the world including Pebble Beach, Cypress Point, Portmarnock, Brookline, and St. Andrews.

Old Moray

#5 – Best Course in Northern Scotland

#28 – Top 100 Golf Courses in Scotland

One of Old Tom Morris’ masterpieces, this gem of a links course dates back to 1889. This gorse encrusted links land overlooking the Moray Firth with views of the water from almost every hole is perfect for the royal and ancient game. The Old has every trait that resembles a great Scottish links course, and its closing hole is one of the best in the country.

The 6,991-yard, par 71 course begins with its opening hole along the shore, followed by series of holes at various angles. The layout of the seaside links is such that the distinctive holes lie in every direction on a compass. The gorse bushes along the fairway and grass covered sand dunes along the shore add to the challenge.