Golspie Golf Club is situated ten miles north of the world famous Royal Dornoch, and just five miles south of Brora, the home of the James Braid Society. With other courses within a short car journey, such as Tain, Carnegie Club at Skibo, Fortrose and Rosemarkie and also Castle Stuart, you could say that this is a golfing paradise.
The course at Golspie Golf Club routing sets out over meadowland, quickly turns back as links along the Dornoch Firth for several holes, veers away from the shore into tree-lined heathland around the turn then returns to parkland and links by the end of the round – quite a combination!
The two easier holes arrive early in the round at the 493-yard 1st hole, named “Backies” and at the 522-yard par five 4th hole, named “Gully”. However, you’re well advised to leave your second shot at the 4th short of the small valley in front of the green – the ball may be playable on the right side but there is heavy rough on the left side and any shot out of here will be played blind to the green.
An interesting pair of short par fours – the 288-yard “Sahara” and 285-yard “Fleet” – are played immediately before and after the par three 6th hole, called “Saucer” then the course enters its heathland section at Ferry Wood, which was laid out by James Braid in 1926. Holes 8 to 10 are located here at the furthest point to the clubhouse and they form a lovely loop, bounded by tall pine trees and deep heather rough.
Holes 11 to 14 are all played over pastureland beside the road that runs down the left of each fairway. The 15th turns back, away from the clubhouse before an old fashioned golfing quirk is chanced upon – back-to-back par threes! “Cairngorms” is the 175-yard 16th hole played to a tiered green with magnificent views across the Firth and Tarbat Ness. It is followed by the 211-yard “Sahara Back” 17th hole which is often played short right by members to avoid sand and rough surrounding the green. A pitch and putt on the large, level green will often result in a par score at this hole.
The closing hole is a tough finishing hole with a blind 2nd shot. Aim your tee shot right of the barber pole on top of the large mound down the fairway. Climb to the top of the mound to get the line for your 2nd shot. There is a small swale in front of the green you cannot see, which makes the green look a bit close than it really is. Five is never a bad score on this hole!
At a touch over 6,000 yards in length, Golspie Golf Club does not intimidate the visiting golfer in terms of yardage from tee to green but it does ask a fair number of strategic ball placement questions around the course so keep your thinking cap on when playing here.
After your round sit and relax in our comfortable clubhouse with a drink and some food from The Stag on the Green whilst enjoying the views over the 1st tee and 18th green and out towards the Dornoch Firth. Note that the bar is open until 10PM from March to September.