Castle Stuart is a championship links course set alongside the Moray Firth, very near to Culloden and Loch Ness, and overlooked by Castle Stuart itself, which dates back to the early 1600s. It opened in 2009 and is aimed at all types of player, but specifically for the ‘long handicapped player’ – as Alistair McKenzie would have described a high handicap player. With that said, the course has tested the best in the world, hosting four of the last six AAM Scottish Opens.
Even though the course is less than 10 years old there have been small modifications each winter to maintain the course’s high standards, that have been overseen and approved by the co-designer and owner Mark Parsinen.
What makes this course different is its topography. Six of the wonderful holes play right along the coast line, with a further 12 having a cliff side view of the sea with a stunning 30 metre drop. Unlike many links courses that simply look out onto a vast ocean, Castle Stuart has a wide variety of backdrops including the Black Isle, Kessock Bridge, Fort George and Chanory Lighthouse – always giving the golfer a sense of place.
We asked Castle Stuart’s Pro, Jeremy Matte, which hole is his favourite: “I’m asked that all the time and seem to change my mind all the time as well – there are so many great holes to choose from. The drivable par 4 3rd hole is special, a risk reward hole that proves a testing par 4 doesn’t have to be 450 yards long. The 4th is often referred to by our guests as their favourite – a par 3 that has the actual castle of Castle Stuart as it’s backdrop. My favourite though, at the moment, has to be the 13th hole. A wonderful sweeping par 4 that doglegs from left to right. A tricky tee shot up the hill, but if you are fortunate enough to hit the fairway you are blessed with a wonderful view of the 13th green that is framed by the Moray Firth and Kessoch bridge beyond. Stunning!”
According to Jeremy the 6th hole is the most difficult on the course particularly in the prevailing westerly wind. The approach onto the green is a mere 13 yards wide, with bunkers and grassy hollows on either side which act like magnets to any slightly miss-struck ball.
Castle Stuart was one on the courses which has recently hosted the Highland Golf links ProAm. Last year more than 75 teams from all over the world had the opportunity to play tournament golf over 3 fantastic links courses and also enjoy a prize giving dinner at the Kingsmills Hotel.
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