Golf history in the Northeast & Highlands
The history of Highland golf is rich in legendary names: Old Tom Morris, James Braid, Donald Ross, Archie Simpson and more have all created magical golf courses in the region, everywhere from the stunning Moray coast to the remote northernmost Highlands. This is home to Royal Dornoch and Nairn, and it's the location of the relatively new Castle Stuart Golf Links, another star in the making on the international golf scene.
Royal Dornoch dates back to 1877 and originally featured just nine holes. When Old Tom Morris saw the lay of the land for the first time in 1886 he declared it the finest linksland he's ever seen, and the remarkable course he created in response to the land remains much the same to this day. Since then the great John Sutherland, JH Taylor, George Duncan and Donald Ross have all played their part in perfecting this highly respected world class golfing challenge.
The Nairn golf course is just as illustrious, founded in 1887 and designed by the brilliant Archie Simpson on the low-slung links of the magnificent Moray Firth. Old Tom Morris also managed to influence Nairn, extending the course to the west. Twenty years later James Braid improved the tees and bunkers and brought new greens into play. He also oversaw Ben Sayers' later contribution. And CK Cotton finally sealed the deal with some fine-tuned adjustments.
Castle Stuart links is a beauty, too. Designed by Mark Parsinen and Gilbert Hanse, it opened its doors in 2009 but is already a top 60 member of Golf Magazine’s Top 100. It famously holds the honour as the first Highland golf course to host a European Tour event, the Scottish Open.
Whichever of the eight classic courses you intend to play on your next golf vacation, the Highlands in all their glory plus the sporting challenges you overcome will steal your heart.
Golf courses in Scotland's Northeast & Highlands
The best golf tours in Scotland are complete when you overcome the odds at eight of the region's best-loved, trickiest courses.
1. Brora golf course – 18 holes, 6211 yards, par 70, designed by James Braid
2. Castle Stuart golf course – 18 holes, 7009 yards, par 72, designed by Gil Hanse and Mark Parsinen
3. Cruden Bay golf course – 27 holes in total, designed by Tom Morris
4. Nairn golf course – 18 holes, 6765 yards, par 72, designed by Archie Simpson, redesigned by Old Tom Morris, James Braid and Ben Sayers
5. Royal Aberdeen golf course – 36 holes in total, designed by the Simpson Brothers, redesigned by James Braid
6. Royal Dornoch golf course – 18 holes, 6711 yards, par 70, designed by Old Tom Morris, redesigned by John H Taylor
7. Tain golf course – 18 holes, 6404 yards, par 70, designed by Old Tom Morris
8. Trump International golf links – 18 holes, 7428 yards, par 72, designed by Dr Martin Hawtree
Golf packages in the Northeast and Highlands of Scotland
Our golf vacation packages in Scotland's rugged Northeast and Highlands cater for every taste and circumstance, combining St Andrews with Championship courses in the stunning Highlands of Scotland. Combining guaranteed tee times on the Old Course with the finest traditional links golf on some of the best championship courses in the country including Royal Dornoch, Nairn, Castle Stuart and more.
Our packages are also extremely flexible; if you'd like us to create something unique for you, we'll do exactly that according to the courses you'd most like to play, the number of rounds, the accommodation and the number of nights you'll be with us.
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