#17: Pitlochry Golf Club: The Switzerland of Scotland!

#17: Pitlochry Golf Club: The Switzerland of Scotland!

 

Pitlochry Golf Club is one that I have wanted to play for a long time. It’s a club with a great reputation, and it did not disappoint! It hosts the Highland Amateur Open every year and has done since its inception in 1909. So the likes of Bobby Jones, Harry Vardon and Tommy Armour have played these amazing fairways: I felt inspired!

As you can see, it was a gorgeous afternoon. Here is the view up the first...

Willie Fernie, the Course Designer has created one amazing golf course. Unlike Dunkeld which has no bunkers on its back 9, Pitlochry has many. And these bunkers are strategically placed around the greens and within driving distance in the fairways. It's a course you really have to 'think around' to score well which is part of its brilliance. I think it brings out the best in golf, at least it did with my golf.

The course is extremely hilly, but this feature is what allows it to have such commanding views. So the round here certainly improved my fitness and my game! 

Here are a few pictures to give you an idea - and wet your appetite to come play it on your own!

This hole is called Queen Mary's Rest ....

 

The autumn colours are just amazing too! 

The sun was just setting as I finished my round. Here is the view down the 18th with the lucky red and white lucky clubhouse in the background. 

 

Pitlochry Golf Club as a brochure and their tag line is ‘ a special place in the heart of Scotland.’ It certainly does and its won mine over as well.

 

Golf Notes: Pitlochry is 5127 yards from the red tees with a par of 72. It has golf trolleys, buddies and clubs to hire if necessary. Both the club and its restaurant have an outstanding reputation. There is also a 6 hole course as well. This 'wee course' is the perfect place to allow beginners and those who want to hone their skills.