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10 best golf courses in and around Inverness


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Coastal Highland golf courses.
Coastal Highland golf courses.

The Highlands offer a wide range of luxury golf courses, from Castle Stuart and Nairn Golf Club, to Kings Golf Club.

Golf became so popular in Scotland in the 15th century that it was seen as a hindrance by the crown. The aim was to get Scots to focus on their military training instead, but the draw of the sport was too much and players ignored the ban.

Now, people travel across the world to play on Scotland’s golf courses.

In aid of this, here is a list of the top ten golf courses in and around Inverness according to our readers.

1. Castle Stuart

This golf course is rated outstanding and known for its ‘great hospitality’ in addition to seaside views. It is also a Links course which is a type of golf course typically found in coastal areas and characterised by natural terrain that has been shaped by wind, rain and the sea. Averagely, it costs £228 for a round of golf here.

Castle Stuart Golf Links.Castle Stuart Golf Links.
Castle Stuart Golf Links.

2. Kings Golf Club

The club opened in 2019, and is a fully equipped golf facility with an 18 Hole championship golf course, practice range and chipping area, pro shop as well as a bar and restaurant. Kings Golf Club has already been rated in the top 100 golf courses in Scotland and top 100 under £65 in Great Britain. It costs £40 per person for a round of golf on this course.

Kings Golf Club pro golf shop.Kings Golf Club pro golf shop.
Kings Golf Club pro golf shop.

3. Nairn Golf Club

The club was founded in 1887 and is known for its great surroundings, as well as being a Links golf course. It costs an average of £150 per round on this 18 hole golf course.

4. Fortrose and Rosemarkie Golf Club

Located on the Chanonry Peninsula in the ‘Black Isle’, this Scottish Links golf course enjoys breathtaking views over the Moray Firth, very close to the city of Inverness. It is also the 15th oldest recorded club in the world (1793). It costs an average of £120 per person to play on this course for the day.

5. Nairn Dunbar Golf Club

This is a championship Links golf course and is ranked 9th in the North of Scotland top 100 golf courses. Nairn Dunbar stretches out 6765 yards over 18 holes and costs an average of £30 per round.

6. Strathpeffer Spa Golf Club

Strathpeffer Spa Golf Club was founded in 1888 and while it is a short course, it is a true test of golf, with only three bunkers but with natural hazards abounding, this is real Highland golf. It costs an average of £40 to play a round on this golf course.

7. Inverness Golf Club

Inverness Golf Club is situated less than one mile from the city centre and offers a wide range of facilities, from a bar and restaurant, to a pro golf shop on site. It costs an average of £55 to play a round on this course.

Jonathan Keith, Kieran Mackay and Ruairidh Greenwood at Inverness Golf Club.Jonathan Keith, Kieran Mackay and Ruairidh Greenwood at Inverness Golf Club.
Jonathan Keith, Kieran Mackay and Ruairidh Greenwood at Inverness Golf Club.

8. Alness Golf Club

A beautifully situated 18 hole golf course with views out over the Cromarty Firth and surrounding hills. The club also offers a drivers range, golf school, conference room, bar and much more. The average rate to play for the day at this golf course is £20.

9. Loch Ness Golf Course (Fairway Leisure)

Loch Ness is one of the Highland’s most popular courses with superb views over Inverness, the Moray Firth and the Black Isle. The club has a conference room, driving range, bar and restaurant facilities available. For 27 holes, it costs an average of £30 per person.

10. Aigas Golf Course

Aigas is situated at the foot of Strathglass, an area renowned for its outstanding natural beauty and great wealth of wildlife. It costs an average of £18 per round at this golf course and offers a wide range of facilities on site.


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