The Highlands of Scotland for Golf – Far more than a One Trick Pony

The 2013 Scottish Open at Castle Stuart shall enjoy one enviable footnote; it is the first regular European Tour event to be broadcasted on network television in the USA (on NBC). Doubtless this shall introduce many more golf fans to the wonderfully designed Castle Stuart which was opened in 2009. Castle Stuart is the creation of Mark Parsinen (who created Kingsbarns) and Gil Hanse (of Olympic Golf Course notoriety).

It has added yet another dimension to a region of Scotland that was historically famous for Royal Dornoch, the course where Donald Ross served his apprenticeship as a greens keeper. Ross subsequently emigrated to the USA and built an untold number of courses using the same style he had seen at Dornoch with pushed up greens. Beyond these two fine links courses you will enjoy Nairn (venue for the 1999 Walker Cup Matches) and a myriad of classic, small town links golf that includes Tain, Brora, Nairn Dunbar & Lossiemouth. This is a region of Scotland that is rich and understated, yet thoroughly enjoyable links golf in it’s purest form.

This Google Earth Video Tour below gives some sense of the logistics of the area, with a range of accommodations options including the recently completed Quarryfield House which serves as an ideal base for groups in which to remain in one location and enjoy an exclusive-use facility.

In the last year or two, Trump International, about a 2 hour 15 min drive to the east, has enjoyed much deserved attention. It is a fine, modern style links course and with another course having been announced, it will add yet another arrow in a full quiver of exceptional golf experiences. Aberdeen serves as the host city to the oil & gas industry which works in the deep and challenging waters of the North Sea.  It has also been home for many years to three great links courses: Royal Aberdeen (venue for the 2014 Scottish Open), Cruden Bay & Marcar. Each of these courses is a treat to play and another reason to extend your stay in the Highlands of Scotland.

Quality accommodations and restaurants abound in both Inverness & Aberdeen, which despite their northerly location in the British Isles, have become quite chic and sophisticated for visitors to enjoy.

While all of the “name” golf courses in Scotland that are associated with hosting the Open Championship are in the Lowlands, there are plenty of reasons to find the time to enjoy the Highlands. One visit and glimpse of the scenery and you will clearly understand why each region has it’s respective moniker.

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+


Quarryfield House – a gem for golf groups in the Highlands

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PerryGolf has long prided itself on discovering and creating unique golf travel experiences which we believe enhance the underlying golf trip to make it truly special. Over the years we have introduced VIP Golf Coaches, the PerryGolf Lodges at Turnberry and many other innovative programs that thousands of clients have come to expect as part and parcel of the PerryGolf service ethos.

In the same vein, we are delighted to introduce Quarryfield House in the Highlands of Scotland. Quarryfield is ideally located for a group of golfers who desire an exclusive use facility that is centrally located for all of the world class golf courses in the region. The house has 8 bedrooms, of which 7 have en suite bathroom and all are a good size and modern.

Located just off the A9 to the north of Inverness, it’s rural setting combined with ample amenities make it a terrific venue to spend your time when not on the golf course or sightseeing. To add to the fun and uniqueness is a local pub, the Allangrange Arms in Munlochy, reopened recently as gastro pub.

The house provides three main public spaces ; a large lounge with fireplace and dining table, south facing conservatory and snooker/tv room with TV and sky channels. For the more energetic there is also a table tennis table and an all weather tennis court to the rear of the building.

Breakfast is provided daily by the staff and dinner can be scheduled in advance. For a group of golfers seeking to get away from the crowds, play some, tell some tall tales, eat & drink well…then we think this is an ideal venue to consider.

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+