In addition to the many beautiful beaches and wonderful green forests, Moray can also boast access to some of the best Golf Courses in the region.
From beginner to those a little more accomplished, the courses are open to all on a daily rate, offer a wide range of facilities to cater for your needs and even include a few of the best Café’s in Moray.
It’s a good idea to ring in advance to make sure you can get onto the greens.
Founded in 1906, Elgin Golf Club is a testing heath land course measuring 6449 yards, with par of 69, and a standard scratch of 71, fully justifying its claim to be one of the finest inland courses in the northern part of Scotland.
The course, a test to low and high handicap players alike, is kept in immaculate condition by the green-staff and there is the added beauty of the view to the hills stretching to the distant Cairngorm Mountains.
Visitors can expect a warm welcome – and a stimulating game of golf – at Elgin Golf Club, on one of Scotland’s most celebrated courses.
The Clubhouse provides full catering and bar facilities for you to enjoy, and the Professional has a well-stocked shop. Once played, you are sure to return.
L C Stewart, Captain (Text courtesy of Elgin Golf Club)
Forres Golf Club – Tel 01309 672250
Designed by Open Championship winners James Braid and Willie Park, the Par 70 course is just less than 6300 yards from the tips providing a good test for golfers of all abilities.
Forres Golf Course is a beautifully maintained, picturesque and interesting layout that will satisfy all who play it. The course is full of memorable holes; none more so than the 16th, aptly named ‘Pond’. This is a spectacular hole where a watery grave awaits errant tee shots.
In its recent history Forres Golf Course has been honoured to host events such as the Scottish Professional Championship, the Northern Open and the Scottish Young Professionals Championships – a testimony to it’s quality.
(Text courtesy of Forres Golf Club)
Granton on Spey Golf Club – Tel 01479 872079
This eighteen hole golf course was formed in 1890.
The course was designed by Willie Park with assistance from James Braid. Situated in the Cairngoms National Park, the course is approximately thirty five miles south east of Inverness. Grantown is a small and friendly town with a grand history of tourism.
The clubhouse has been upgraded to the very best modern standards with the most recent refresh providing new locker rooms and an enlarged lounge bar and dining area. The golf club also has a well-stocked golf shop with a good range of all golfing equipment and clothing.
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 sections – Holes 1 to 6 are played over flat parkland, holes 7-12 are played 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. Elsewhere on the course, magnificent views of the Cairngorms range may be observed and wildlife abounds.
Visitors are always assured of a warm and friendly welcome at the Club.
(Text courtesy of Granton on Spey Golf Club)
Hopeman Golf Club - Tel 01343 830578
Hopeman Golf Club was founded in 1909 as a nine hole course. In 1985 it was extended to eighteen holes, and today is one of the most demanding links courses in the North of Scotland. Most fairways are jealously guarded by gorse and broom, adding an additional challenge for visitors and members alike.
Playing the spectacular 12th with its green nestling in the Clashach Cove over 100 feet below the tee, golfers are faced with panoramic views over the Moray Firth and beyond . Bottle nosed dolphins are regularly seen in the waters below. Open Champion and Honorary President of Hopeman Golf Club, Paul Lawrie OBE , described the hole as “one of the best par 3s I have ever played”. (Text courtesy of Hopeman Golf Club)
Moray Old Golf Club - Tel 01343 812018.
Where else could you follow in the footsteps of Old Tom Morris and Henry Cotton in the same day?
The old course is considered to be one of the finest links courses in Scotland. A classic links designed by Old Tom Morris with deep revetted bunkers, undulating gorse lined fairways and smooth fast greens. It is a superb test of golf with seven par fours over 400 yards.
Henry Cotton’s preference for precision golf can be seen with the shorter but somewhat tighter new course with greens smaller than the Old but every bit as good, and equally challenging and rewarding.
Moray Golf Club is truly one of Scotland’s gems, a fitting tribute to the artistry of Old Tom Morris and Henry Cotton and a must for golfers visiting the area. (Text courtesy of Moray Golf Club)
Nairn Golf Club - Tel 01667 453208
Nestling on the shores of the Moray Firth this Traditional Scottish Golf Links Course was created from a Highland wilderness of gorse and heather, and tests the talents of professional and amateur alike. Founded in 1887, it is now one of the best courses in Scotland, and has hosted a large number of important championships.
The Nairn Golf Club has now been awarded No 9 in the definitive list of the Top 100 Courses in Scotland 2011.
“Nairn is a classic, traditional out-and-back links, and the opening half a dozen holes along the coast rival anything at more illustrious Scottish courses” said Jock Howard, commissioning editor at Golf World. “The putting surfaces are in immaculate condition and the variety of the examination never gets boring. I can’t think of anywhere I would rather be on a sleepy summer afternoon.”
Ranked number 9, The Nairn Golf Club received high marks from the report’s illustrious panel of judges, which included three-times Ryder Cup captain Bernard Gallacher, Major winner Sandy Lyle, Ryder Cup player Andrew Coltart and broadcasters Ewen Murray and Andrew Cotter. Also marking Scotland’s best were amateur legend and the driving force behind PowerPlayGolf Peter McEvoy, Women’s British Open champion Catriona Matthew and golf course designer David McLay Kidd. (Text courtesy of Nairn Golf Club)