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#24: Golspie: Great Golf and More!

#24: Golspie Golf Club: Great Golf and More!

Golspie Golf Club is 126 years old this year, and I have been meaning to play it for the last 15 years - virtually ever since I joined Brora. As both clubs are here in the Highlands and designed by James Braid, it’s a wonder I hadn't done so before now. But finally I found myself here on this great October morning. In Golspie's Pro Shop I was given a cheery welcome and had a good chat before heading off to enjoy the golf.

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#23: Bonar Bridge Golf Club: A Highland Golf Secret

#23: Bonar Bridge Golf Club - A Special Highland Golf Secret!

Tucked away on the hill above its quaint town of the same name, is the Bonar Bridge Golf Club. Before the bridge was constructed over the Dornoch Firth, the only way to get to Dornoch and up the coast was via Bonar Bridge. But despite that increased traffic, Bonar Bridge always remained true to its unpretentious Highland Nature. The golf course is no different. It is unassuming and straightforward in its clubhouse and greeti[..]

#22: Auchterader Golf Club: On the Hill

#22: Auchterader Golf Club: On the Hill

We played Auchterader on a glorious October afternoon. Seventeen years ago, on the eve of our wedding day, the weather was so terrible that our golf competition was totally washed out! What an amazing difference this year was from that day.... This 'Lady of the Links' must have good weather karma!
Here is the view from the clubhouse at Auchterader,

As you can see, it has a beautiful view over the hills.
I have to be honest: I pla[..]

#21: The Boat of Garten: True Highland Golf!

#21: The Boat of Garten: True Highland Golf!

We have some friends visiting from Taos, New Mexico. They are staying in St. Andrews, but with one of them wanting to get on The Old Course, the others had a free day. When asked what they wanted to do, they said unanimously, "See the Highlands!" So I roped them into a round of golf in exchange for driving.... It was definitely not a hardship for me!
Here are Mary and Phyllis on our journey:

It's official, they are in the Highlands,[..]

#20: Lochmaben Golf Club: Gracie, Maisy and their Grandfather, All Smiles and Pure Delight!

#20: Lochmaben Golf Club: Gracie, Maisy and their Grandfather, All Smiles and Pure Delight!

Lochmaben Golf Club is pure delight! From the moment one steps out of the car, you know this is someplace special.

Possibly it’s the friendly, but dry welcome you get from the man behind the bar, cheerfully going about his work as he jokingly asks, ‘You going to play alone!?’ Or possibly it’s the beautiful light that effuses from Kirk Loch throughout this amazing, pr[..]

#19: Linlithgow Golf Club: On the tee with the Lady Captain!

#19: Linlithgow Golf Club: On the tee with the Lady Captain!

Linlithgow Golf Club is a special place, nestled between the Cockleroi Hill and the town. As the birth place of Mary Queen of Scots, Linlithgow the town has a remarkable palace at its centre. I arrived midday and knew the course was busy until later in the afternoon, so I went to see the palace first.

Linlithgow Palace is situated in a beautiful park set beside a peaceful loch: fit for a queen! It was here on December 8,[..]

#18: Culcrieff Golf Course: Golf with the Mountains Calling ….

#18: Culcrieff Golf Course: Golf with the Mountains Calling ....

Culcrieff Golf Course is the course at The Crieff Hydro Resort. It is an 18 hole course now, but the additional 9 holes were only added several years ago. Whilst the new 9 are strong, the old 9 (the back 9) remain firm favourites. Basically, Culcrieff is an outstanding holiday course offering gorgeous views over the mountains and the surrounding countryside.

David and I just could not resist getting out for a round[..]

#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 F[..]

#16: Blair Atholl Golf Club: Great Golf by the Garry!

#16: Blair Atholl Golf Club: Great golf by the Garry!

Blair Atholl Golf Club is nestled between the banks of the River Garry and the Inverness Rail line. It’s a lovely course with spectacular views over the surrounding mountains, with its most impressive aspect being out towards Ben Vrackie. It was another stunning day, and after meeting a real ‘Atholl Highlander’ I thought I had best come up and see what Blair Atholl was all about.
The golf club is excellent and th[..]

#15: Strathtay Golf Club: Pure, Dead Brilliant!

#15: Strathtay Golf Club: Pure, Dead Brilliant!
Strathtay Golf Club was recommended to me in June by the group of ladies who work for Perth Council measuring all the golf courses to ensure their accuracy. (Now, there is a job I could do!) When we met them at St. Fillians, they made me promise to get to Strathtay, and I am so glad I did. It's just delightful: quirky and fun.
Strathtay is a wee course a few miles from Aberfeldy, tucked deep in the glens. While its not hidden, it is definitel[..]