Situated in the Cairngorms National Park, the course measures 5710 yards, with a par of 70 and Standard Scratch Score of 68. Though not long, it presents a fair challenge for every calibre of golfer. It is naturally split into three distinct sections – Holes 1 to 6 are played over flat parkland, holes 7 to 12 through moderately hilly woodland, whilst holes 13 to 18 revert to undulating parkland.
The “signature” hole of the course is Murdie’s View, the 275 yard 9th, a short downhill par 4 with the spectacular backdrop of pine trees and the Cromdale Hills. When the heather is in bloom on the Cromdales the view is incomparable. Elsewhere on the course, magnificent views of the Cairngorm range may be observed and wildlife abounds.
Picture a corner of Scotland with a delightful warmth of welcome, together with breathtaking scenery and an interesting and challenging golf course and you’ve discovered Ballater.
The Clubhouse at Ballater is a very large, spacious and commodious building, recently refurbished to a very high standard. It provides excellent bar and catering facilities to its members and the numerous visitors who come to Ballater each year.
Boat of Garten Golf & Tennis Club
Designed by one of the grand-masters of golf course architecture, James Braid, “The Boat” is set alongside the Spey, in the heart of the Cairngorms National Park. The course is not only renowned as a demanding test of sporting skill but also as a magnificent setting for the game. The course features 18 completely individual holes and fairways lined by birch trees, heather and broom. The clubhouse underwent refurbishment in March 2012 and there is a new Pro Shop.
Buckpool Golf Club
The fishing town of Buckie in the North East of Scotland has been keeping one of Scottish Golf’s best kept secrets for many a year – its links style course. Slightly elevated above the sea, it boasts superlative views across the Moray Firth towards the hills of Caithness.
Built on sand, Buckpool has fast, rolling fairways, often lined by tall mature gorse bushes. Swailes and hollows are littered around the approaches to slick undulating greens, so precious some are protected by cavernous bunkers.Blend all this with Scottish hospitality and sincere friendliness. Relaxed, refreshed and rewarded, a visit to Buckpool Golf Club will surely “Haste ye Back”
Ballindalloch Castle Golf Course
With its nine holes and eighteen tees, the course provides a fair test for golfers of all standards and is well placed to become known as the finest course in Scotland with this particular configuration. The course is set on the banks of the River Avon, among 150 year old trees and with marvellous views of the surrounding purple heather-clad hills and native birch woods.
Dufftown Golf Club
An 18 hole course set in Speyside’s stunning scenery in the heart of Malt Whisky country. Sam Torrance (Scotland’s ambassador for golf) names the 10th hole (at an altitude of 1213ft) as one of his favourites. The course has been called “A hidden gem” and features in “Britain’s 100 Extraordinary Golf Holes”
Elgin Golf Club
Founded in 1906, is one of the finest inland courses of Northern Scotland and measures 6449 yards. A testing heathland course with added beauty of views to the distant Cairngorm mountains.
Moray Golf Club
The course is one of the finest links courses in Scotland, located in the beautiful coastal town of Lossiemouth. The old course is a superb test of golf with seven par 4 holes over four hundred yards. The new course is somewhat tighter but offers an equally challenging game.