|Saturday||TRAIGH||Hogwarts Express||Aviemore Area|
|Sunday||BOAT OF GARTEN||Glencoe or Ben Nevis||Aviemore Area|
|Monday||NAIRN||Loch Ness||Aviemore Area|
|Tuesday||CASTLE STUART||Culloden||Aviemore Area|
|Wednesday||MORAY OLD||Aviemore or Speyside Whisky||Aviemore Area|
|Thursday||SPEY VALLEY||Aviemore||Aviemore Area|
- This particular trip can get complex due to group size & number of paying guests/ golfers/ non-golfers etc, and can't normally be presented as a per-person cost. It's less confusing if we work one out bespoke for your group and make it subject to enquiry
The Gleneagles resort is closer in ambience to an aristocratic hunting estate with deep forest green pine trees, and rounded hills that stop just short of being called mountains. In autumn, the purple heathers and russet bracken blend seamlessly into a patchwork of golfing green, and give this place it’s hues. The yellows of the long rough introduce further colouration into the landscape. It would be categorised as a moorland course. A credible body of opinion regards the Gleneagles Kings course as the finest of its type in the world. In 2014 Gleneagles added the Ryder Cup to its portfolio when the Centenary course’ became only the second Scottish venue to host. The aesthetic Queens course is the shortest and completes the trinity of options.
Traigh Golf Course is the most Westerly golf course on the UK mainland. A series of sandy beaches run alongside the course, with stunning views to the Hebridean islands of Eigg and Rum, and the Cuillins of Skye. It is set in one of the most beautiful parts of the West Highlands of Scotland. It is a nine hole course, (par 68), based on a line of grassy hills, with the springy turf. Traigh is a subtle golf course that rewards accurate shotmaking. One of the biggest challenges you might face is loss concentration brought about by scenery and serenity!
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Boat of Garten
This hidden gem, is less hidden these days. The Boat of Garten is flanked by the river Spey on one side, a steam railway on the other, and the snow-capped Cairngorm mountains in the distance. Designed by James Braid, the course is widely regarded as Scotland’s most scenic, cleverly shaped by fairways lined with birch trees, heather and broom, and Highland gorse. The design maximises the natural landscape and vistas to full dramatic effcet. It’s a short course, but above all else, it’s fun
Created from a Highland wilderness of gorse and heather Nairn is a perennial Scottish top-10 hoverer. Nairn is a bit like a great symphony which takes you on a journey with each movement getting progressively challenging before developing into a climatic crescendo. Nairn requires you to use every club in you bag, and play a myriad of different shots. Wise heads frequently nominate Nairn as possessing the best putting surface that Scotland has to offer too. One of the slightly more remarkable features is that you can very easily hit the ball into the sea on every one of the first seven! If you’re a ‘leftie’ with a tendency to hook, you might like to consider packing an extra sleeve of balls!
Qualification requirements for play
Nairn operates a handicap threshold of 28 for gentlemnen, and 36 for ladies respectively. Nairn will reserve the right as to whether or not to invoke this since it tends not to be as rigidly applied as some clubs. An appreciation of pace of play, and etiquette, is equally important. If the player does fall below the standard however, they are invited to tackle the alternatives we’ve nominated instead.
Another modern addition to the golfing landscape having opened in July 2009. The course is set on two-tiered balaconies overlooking the dark and forboding waters of the Moray Firth. Players enjoy stunning panoramas from the highest elevations. The course is rich in the textured signature landscape of Scottish ‘whins’, gorse and broom, heather, and marram from beginning to end. These change colour with the seasons as Nature commanded, and weave a tapestry of highland hues into this landscape mosaic of rugged beauty. The course has recently been hosting the prestigious Scottish Open, and was used successfully by Phil Mickelson in 2013 as a springboard to Open success a month later at Muirfield.
Moray Old Course
Moray is a rugged links course, which threads all the essential weaves into it’s tapestry. Heaving sand dunes, heinous gorse, and wicked undulations abound. In addition it’s aesthetic too. You have sea views to marvel at, and a lighthouse on the horizon. Moray is an innovators course requiring an instinctive read of the landscape. Straight driving and accuracy are paramount. It requires fortitude rather than force. A good touch with the putter is likely to serve you better than a blast with the driver, but the real joy is to be had chipping and executing deft links rescues such as the bump and run. The 18th is often cited, as Scotland’s best closing hole with a sense of procession leading into a natural ampitheatre. Here you get the impression that you are at the Open surrounded by the closing hole spectator stands, and buildings. Indeed Moray Old, interacts with the town of Lossiemouth in a way that perhaps only St Andrews otherwise achieves.
Spey Valley meanders through ancient Caledonian pine forests and along the banks of the sparkling River Spey itself and framed by the mountains of stunning Cairngorm National Park. It is a masterpiece of heathland, woodland, and moorland terrain, and since opening in 2005 has quickly joined the conversation for Scotland’s best inland track. Only Loch Lomond and the cream of Gleneagles can convincingly lay down a stronger claim to the title. The fifth is the courses signature assignment which at 641 yards is currently Scotland’s longest
Time to say Goodbye
Time, as they say, waits for no man, and sadly we’re no exception. Today it’s time to bid you farewell, hope you enjoyed your stay, and will consider returning soon. Better still, the return match awaits. We’ll ensure you get to your airport for a safe, and comfortable return across the Atlantic, where the benefits of flying east to west will now become apparent, as you land a mere two hours after you took off! Don’t forget to stay in touch through our blog, email, or the social networks, as we update information. Once again, thank you
Royal Dornoch is a links course that is frequently ranked in the world’s top-10 list and a three-hour round trip from Aviemore. The course is renowned for being a supreme test of approach play. If you wanted to add some top-drawer class to your golf itinerary it is certainly feasible to slip it into your programme at the expense of something else. We would advise you to consider budgeting for an additional £100