Firmly rooted in Scottish history since the 15th century, the game of golf is no stranger to this area. There is no finer place to play a round of golf, than in the country that gave the modern game to the world. Whether you’re a beginner, or more advanced, there is something for everyone. Just in our locality, you’ll be spoiled for choice!
Clubs, and courses are arranged in order of proximity to Brandon Lodge.
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Duff House Royal has achieved an excellent reputation for providing an outstanding course with large MacKenzie two-tiered and double greens.
Founded in 1910 and redesigned in 1923, by Dr. Alister MacKenzie, Duff House Royal is a standout Scottish design set in the coastal town of Banff.
Although close to the sea, the course is a flat, beautifully manicured parkland course that is somewhat sheltered by the nearby hills from the often bracing Scottish winds. Little rough, paired with many well-positioned bunkers and trees, makes the course a severe but fair challenge to golfers of all abilities.
Situated in the town of Macduff, the course at Royal Tarlair Golf Club
commands panoramic views of the coastline.
A cliff top parkland course which certainly presents a challenge
and enjoyable golf for players of all abilities.
Don’t miss the signature par 3, 13th hole “The Clivet” that offers golfers
the opportunity to test their nerve and resolve to the limit.
While unlucky for some, it is truly one of the most memorable
holes you’re ever likely to play.
Tarlair is also one of a select number to have “Royal” in it’s official designation
having been granted the title in 1926 by Louise Princess Royal, wife of the first Duke of Fife.
The Cullen Links Golf Club invites you to walk in the footsteps of the Grand Old Man of Golf. The pioneer Old Tom Morris came north from St Andrews to find the same sandy soil and turf at Cullen Links.
Situated halfway between Royal Dornoch and Royal Aberdeen on the Moray Firth coastline, this is a design from golfing history.
Enjoy stunning views of the Moray Firth bay as you take in three hours at one of the 84 True Links golf courses in Scotland.
With a history that spans more than a century, Turriff Golf Club is one of the gems of northeast Scotland golf courses. Providing the desired challenge and the spectacular scenery expected of great Scottish golf courses. Tree-lined fairways, expertly placed bunkers and water all add to the challenge at Turriff Golf Club, where golf course management is key to marking down a low score. Still, the course provides for plenty of opportunities for long hitters to bring out the big guns, especially on the par-5 No. 12 hole, which is the longest hole on the golf course. Set on the River Deveron, Turriff is a perfect walking course for those that find carts an unneeded accessory. For golfers who enjoy a little fishing on the side, opportunities to get out your fishing pole and try your luck at the river can be arranged at this club that was founded in 1896, and expanded to 18 holes in 1976.
Founded in 1877, Strathlene Buckie Golf Club is the epitome of ancient antiquity when it comes to Scottish golf, as it’s one of the oldest golf clubs in the nation. A cliff top links course, Strathlene Buckie Golf Club is notable in that it combines modern with old. You’ll play recently redesigned holes that will give players a unique challenge, while heading in, you’ll play some of the original holes – more than 120 years old.
Playing to nearly 6,000 yards from the back tees, Strathlene Buckie Golf Club gives golfers of all levels more than enough challenge than they could hope for and more. Undulating fairways, elevated greens and strategically placed bunkers make it a thinking-players course, where course management and ball placement will lead to a solid score.
More than the play, however are the incredible views of this historic course. Strathlene Buckie Golf Club features brilliant views of the Moray Firth, and as an added plus, your day will be highlighted with views of the many dolphins that call this area of Scotland home. Welcoming to visitors and with great service and course maintenance, Strathlene Buckie Golf Club is a must-play for those looking to get the most from a Scottish golfing holiday.
A coastal course on the Moray Firth by the town of Buckie. Dating back to the early 1930s, this raised links course has little internet presence in terms of description.
Could this be a little gem waiting to be discovered?
The fairways of Keith Golf Club, cut by horse-drawn mower, fell victim to the World War II era. What can only be described as an early example of crowd-sourcing in the 1960s breathed new life into this historic course. As noted on it’s website, Keith Golf Club thrives to this day, a monument to the spirit of the Keith community who made it possible.
Situated between the Deveron and Bogie rivers with a backdrop of the famous Huntly Castle, golf has been played at Huntly for over 125 years. In 1892, his Grace The Duke of Richmond and Gordon agreed to a minimal rent for four parks to locate the newly formed Huntly Golf Club.
This parkland course is suitable and challenging for all levels of golfers.
The golf club welcomes all visitors. Gifts and golf equipment can be purchased in the well stocked shop.
Garmouth & Kingston Golf Club was founded in 1932 and is situated on the west bank at the mouth of the River Spey. At 5038 yards with a standard scratch score of 66 it is not a too demanding course with excellent greens and stunning scenery. The 18 holes are played over a combination of parkland and links, and provide an enjoyable challenge for all standards of players. Surrounded by sea, river, hills and wildlife, your memories of Garmouth & Kingston will be a mixture of a superb course and a friendly welcome from everyone at the club.
Designed by the legendary Ben Sayers, Spey Bay Golf Course was opened in 1907.
Gorse and heather line the fairways on this undulating links course, and the beach creates a natural border on some holes – though it won’t come into play unless you’re completely wild off the tee. No. 8 is Spey Bay Golf Club’s signature hole. The small green sits atop a hillock, so you better be accurate or risk seeing your ball go tumbling down. This pretty much goes for all the holes at Spey Bay, which requires a thoughtful shot off the tee and a light touch around the greens.
Designed by former Scottish international golfer Euan McIntosh, this course is set in a stunning location with spectacular views of the local hills to the south and wonderful views towards the Moray Firth in the north and east. Making the best use of the gently undulating landscape, Maverston Golf Course offers a challenging, but fair test to all levels of golfer.
The 9 hole Kempston Course is the perfect accompaniment to the 18 hole Maverston Course. The Kempston is a par three course of 1250 yards making it an ideal training ground for young up coming golfers, families and older golfers still keeping their hand in. It can also feature as part of your day out combining it with 18 holes on the Maverston Course.
An excellent and challenging nine hole links golf course. A true hidden gem, nestled on the Buchan coast line, only 4 miles west of Fraserburgh.
Elgin Golf Club was formed in 1906, starting as a 9-hole course on Wednesday 8th May 1907. The first green-keeper, John Macpherson, appointed in 1907, served continuously until his sudden death in 1951. During that period Mr Macpherson devoted his whole life to maintaining the course. The course was extended to 18 holes in 1924, and golf at this time was so popular the membership rose to 711. The first club professional was appointed in 1934, and the longest serving by far was Ian Rodger who was in post for 27 years, retiring in March 2001. The new professional is PGA Professional Michael McAllan, who took up his position early in 2013.
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.
Originally Hopeman was a nine hole course, which was extended to 18 in 1985 making it probably one of the most demanding links courses to play golf in Moray located in the North of Scotland. Most fairways are jealously guarded by gorse and broom, adding an additional challenge to members and visitors alike.
Visitors are especially welcome although booking at weekends is recommended. Golf buggies, trolleys and clubs are available for hire at the shop where golf fees can be paid. Hopeman Golf Club has a family friendly clubhouse with an excellent bar and catering facilities available all year.
A very warm welcome awaits you on this exciting 18 Hole parkland course with spectacular views across the Moray Firth.
Designed by Open Championship winners James Braid and Willie Park, Forres Golf Course is situated in the heart of Moray. The course is a wonderful parkland golf course with spectacular views and aimed at golfers of all abilities. It is extremely well maintained and has a fine reputation in the area for the condition of its greens in particular.
A clubhouse with a bar and restaurant is on site. There’s also a stocked pro shop.
Situated behind the rugged sand dunes of Nairn’s East Beach, Nairn Dunbar Golf Links offers an unrivalled experience for golfers of all levels.
With views across the Moray Firth to the Black Isle and beyond to the mountains of Sutherland as well as inland to the neighbouring Cawdor Hills, the course is a treat for the senses. The course requires both guile and skill to negotiate its hugely varied challenges presented from first tee to final green.