The Highlands of Scotland…some great golf

Jim Frank, the well traveled golf writer visits some of the links in the Highlands of Scotland, which can be so different from their more famous sisters to the south;


My Heart’s in The Highlands

TAP imageThe wild weather at St. Andrews during the Open Championship didn’t surprise me as I’d just returned from a week in Scotland where I faced my own share of wind, rain, sun, clouds, and nearly every other condition Mother Nature can throw at traveling golfers.

And like the Open at the Old Course, it was great stuff.

Castle Stuart – Best newcomer award

CS From Behind 9th Green
Castle Stuart #9 Green

Castle Stuart Golf Links, the wonderful new links course to the east of Inverness in the Highlands of Scotland has been awarded “Best New International Golf Course 2009” by the highly respected Golf Magazine’s Joe Passov. The first of many awards that will undoubtedly be coming Castle Stuart’s way. It only opened in July 2009, but already is a must play on a visit to the Highlands. Further reading available here.

Sheep on the golf course

I can recall quite clearly playing golf in the Highlands of Scotland in the early 1970’s at some of the smaller town courses which had wire fences around the greens to prevent the sheep damaging the putting surface. The following link to Times brought back many memories. Enjoy the article.
 

About the Author: Gordon Dalgleish is the Co-Founding Director of PerryGolf, the leading provider of international golf vacations. You can find him on Google+

The Perfect Hebridean Golf Trip

Honesty Box for gren fee payment
Honesty box for 10 pound green fee with "honest golfers"

In the course of a golfing lifetime I have been extraordinarily privileged to have played at a great many of the world finest golf courses. All of these have been fantastic experiences. Not to detract from these in any way, quite often however the most memorable trips are not necessarily defined by the absolute quality of the golf courses.

New Golf – Castle Stuart Golf Club

Historically golf courses in the British Isles take a number of seasons to grow in and the comments we hear from travelers will generally be, “I enjoyed it but a bit raw”. The reality of a short growing season causes everything to take a little longer than many places in the USA to mature. Enter Castle Stuart which is the brainchild of one of the original developers of Kingsbarns near St.Andrews. The reviews since opening in July, 2009 from PerryGolf clients have been universally excellent. Links Magazine have a wonderful article on this great new addition to the Scottish golf scene. My sense is that it will be recognized as one of the great additions to Scottish golf in the months and years ahead. To view the article, click here.