Golf Course Reviews - Highlands & North-East Scotland

Golf Course Reviews Highlands & North-East Scotland

Golf Course Reviews in The Highlands & North-East of Scotland.

Below you will find our golf course reviews from venues in The Highlands & North-East of Scotland including Grapian, Aberdeenshire, Inverness, Orkney and The Shetlands.

Must Plays

Royal Dornoch (Championship)

Royal Dornoch Golf Club

"It’s Christmas Eve. Well, not quite, but it certainly feels like it. It’s the evening before we are due to play Royal Dornoch for the first time. We are in an eatery in the historic town debating just how good tomorrow could be as we embark on playing unquestionably one of the World’s greatest golf courses."

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Royal Aberdeen (Balgownie)

Royal Aberdeen Golf Club

"Oh my word! The Balgownie Links at Royal Aberdeen is something else. It’s different gravy - an unbelievably good golf course. Not only is it the best in Aberdeenshire it’s one of the best you will play. Period. It is the epitome of an authentic, genuine and pure links golf experience."

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Castle Stuart

Castle Stuart Golf Club

"You don’t need to think strategically to play Castle Stuart but to play Castle Stuart you need to think strategically. The above summarises this modern links perfectly and in my opinion is a sign of greatness. Castle Stuart is great. It’s a thinking man’s course for sure but the more naive golfer will still get maximum enjoyment from this wholly manufactured course."

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Cruden Bay (Championship)

Cruden Bay Golf Club

"Cruden Bay is a golf course that dances to its own beat. It’s gripping, riveting, absorbing and most importantly its individuality shines through. Cruden Bay is one of very few courses that has a real personality. It’s laid out over a unique, special and infinitely fascinating piece of land."

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Trump International

Trump International Golf Links

"The first thing to state is that Trump International Golf Links is undoubtedly an exceptionally good golf course. The second thing to say from the off is that it’s categorically not the “World's Greatest Golf Course” as the owner makes out and their website brashly proclaims."

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Skibo Castle (Carnegie Links)

Skibo Castle (Carnegie Links) Golf Club

"If you’ve not played the Carnegie Links at Skibo Castle since around 2008 you’ve not really played “Skibo”. The current version of the layout was designed by Tom Mackenzie under the watchful eye and guidance of PGA Professional and Director of Golf at Skibo, David Thomson, around a decade ago."

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Highly Recommended


Brora Golf Club

"Over breakfast at the guest house in Dornoch where we were staying conversation is struck up with a fellow guest; an American from Chicago and a member at Royal Dornoch. When informed that we were heading to Brora for the day he says, “It’s a very special place, the course simply builds and builds and the back nine is truly outstanding.”"

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Moray (Old)

Moray Golf Club

"The members of Moray Golf Club, founded in 1889, must rightly be very proud of their two fine links courses laid out on some fabulous tight and sandy golfing terrain to the south of the Moray Firth. The Old is an unheralded classic links designed by Old Tom Morris with deep revetted bunkers, undulating gorse lined fairways and some excellent green complexes."

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Nairn Golf Club

"Expectations were high as we arrived on the first tee at The Nairn Golf Club, a stalwart of golf in the Highlands and a darling of all the Top 100 Great Britain & Ireland course rankings. The love for Nairn, a traditional championship links founded in 1887, quickly becomes apparent as the opening seven holes flow gracefully along the southern edge of the Moray Firth."

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Murcar Links Golf Club

"Murcar is a championships links in the very finest Scottish tradition. It was originally established in 1909 by neighbouring Royal Aberdeen professional, Archie Simpson, and later refined by James Braid some twenty years later with only minor alterations since."

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Fraserburgh Golf Club

"Fraserburgh Golf Club, the seventh oldest in the World, delivers no frills, classic links golf on a very impressive scale. Those planning a trip to North-East Scotland may rightly include Trump International, Royal Aberdeen, Cruden Bay and Murcar Links on their itinerary. However, without a visit to Fraserburgh their repertoire of quality links golf will not be complete."

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Boat of Garten

Boat of Garten Golf Club

"With around 3,000 golf clubs in the UK it’s inevitable that courses will get bracketed by style and character. Whether it be parkland, heathland or links it’s usually quite easy to compare one similar type of course to another. Not at Boat of Garten! This is one of the most unique golf courses I have ever played. "

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Spey Valley

Spey Valley Golf Club

"I suspect many fools dash past Spey Valley, located at the foot of Cairngorm Mountains near Aviemore, as they bomb up the A9 towards Inverness and beyond. ‘Tis true, they may be heading for better and brighter things on the coast at Nairn, Castle Stuart, Skibo or Dornoch but neglecting this championship venue, owned by Macdonald Hotels, should not be done lightly."

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Fortrose & Rosemarkie

Fortrose & Rosemarkie Golf Club

"I have so much time for golf courses like Fortrose & Rosemarkie. A setting as unique and stunning as any I have come across along with some fantastic golf holes and one that is truly world-class. Often described as a short, tight and fun links this doesn’t quite do the course justice. It is certainly all of those but some big golf is also required and the quality of several holes is extremely high."

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Golspie Golf Club

"Walking off the 1st tee at Golspie towards a featureless, flat fairway it might not be immediately apparent about all the golfing goodness that lies in store and just how terrific it is…. but by the time you have reached the turn you are acutely aware of the spectacular nature of this fascinating and varied links."

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Strathlene Buckie

Moray (New)



Spey Bay


Cruden Bay (St. Olaf)




Newburgh on Ythan


Best of the Rest

Nairn Dunbar

Royal Aberdeen (Silverburn)

Portmahomack (Tarbat)


Kings Links



Royal Dornoch (Struie)



Murcar Links (Strabathie)

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