Just one mile from the very centre of Inverness is a parkland course that provides golfers an interesting alternative to the Highland courses of the surrounding areas. With blind dives, elevation changes, and even an approach over a small stream, this course may seem relatively flat and simple at first, but it quickly becomes a surprising and scenic experience right in the city.
Originally made in 1883, but later modified by the area’s champion course designer, James Braid, the Iverness Golf Club prides itself on immaculate maintenance of the greens, providing a beautiful and inviting tree-lined experience that hosts both club and open competitions.
Iverness offers up a pro shop with everything you could need from footwear to accessories. Professional tuition is also available for new golfers or those looking to improve bunker shots, putting, or anything else. For those wanting to make a regular trip to these greens, memberships are available for students, corporations, and even overseas visitors.
Rounding out your time at the club is the relaxing clubhouse, which offers gourmet meals, locker rooms, showers, and a welcoming bar. Visitors and members alike are welcome to reserve a tee time by visiting their website.
Kinguisse Golf Club
Noted for its glorious scenery and challenging fairways, Kinguisse is a unique hill type course that provides a thrilling test to your game and breathtaking views. Its name is derived from a Gaelic phrase that translates as “Head of the Pinewood”. It’s a fitting description as the course emerges from the dense pine forests at the foot of the Monadhilath Mountains.
Kinguisse has been a leader in Scottish Highlands golfing since 1890, the year of the first game played at the site. Throughout the last century, Kinguisse has seen periods of struggle and expansion, resulting in the beautiful 18-hole course of today.
Present ownership remains dedicated to keeping up with the high expectations of today’s golf enthusiasts and offering one of the best courses to make use of a rugged terrain.
The clubhouse provides a shop stocked with everything you may need or want as well as a bar lounge offering snacks, meals, and even special catering. It’s everything you need to relax while enjoying the scenery after a perfect game.
Just a short drive from Iverness on the A9, the local village of Kinguisse sponsors many festivals throughout the year adding an extra draw for you or your family when you aren’t out on the green. For a golfing day trip or more from Iverness, Kinguisse is a fine choice.
Boat of Garten Golf & Tennis Club
The Spey Valley, just a short drive from Iverness, produces this beautiful course laid out along a tranquil river. Long considered a must-play by golfing aficionados—who refer to it affectionately as “The Boat”—the course was named Scotland’s Number 1 Hidden Gem and ranked 4th by National Club Golfer magazine in the UK for Clubs with a green fee below £50.
Designed by master course architect James Braid, tight, tree-lined fairways produce a calming, pleasant day on the green with plenty of surprising challenges to keep even the most seasoned golfer interested. Originally laid out as six holes in 1898, the course continued to expand over the next century leading up to inviting renovations to the clubhouse, new lockers, and fully stocked Pro Shop in 2012.
If anyone in your group wants to make the drive down into the Cairngorm Mountains, but sit out on golfing, two tennis courts are available as well as the warm clubhouse where you can relax and take in the beautiful scenery. Of course the real star remains The Boat’s course itself, featuring the celebrated The Avenue (the sixth hole) offers players a challenging mid-iron approach to the plateau green complete with bunkers and a dogleg fairway.
Fortrose & Rosemarkie Golf Club
Two charming villages just a short drive from Iverness, Fortrose and Rosemarkie, give this irresistible seaside course its name. Designed by master architect James Braid in the early 1930s, this club’s traditional links course runs just along the water, putting lush green right next to sandy beach.
It’s a location that provides not just beauty but also welcome challenges to players. Accuracy becomes important as bouncing fairways, bunkers, and wind all play into helping this relatively short course deliver an interesting and dynamic game every time. With historical evidence suggesting that golf was first played on the site as early as 1702 it is a true piece of Scottish history and as classic a links golf course as you will find.
Lunches and evening meals are served inside the charming clubhouse and the bar is open for drinks all day. Their shop offers a wide range of fine golfing apparel for men and women. Caddies are available, but it’s suggested that you request them in advance of your trip!
The Fortrose and Rosemarkie website offers convenient online booking and information about the club’s many accomplishments, its lengthy history, and exciting upcoming championships including The Scottish Golf Union in 2015 and 2018.
Castle Stuart Golf Links
Out of the many impressive coastal links courses in the Scottish Highlands, Castle Stuart is an impressive treasure. The fairways of these 18 holes have distinctive features and carefully crafted details that make it an impressive destination including infinity edges at the hole that make the waves of the sea feel incredibly close.
It also boasts beautiful landscape mosaics, appropriately rumpled fairways, and bunkers that offer plenty of challenge. Castle Stuart is a luxury in golfing that’s especially memorable among some of the best links courses in Scotland. IT also offers on-site lodging, a full practice range, and short game area to complete your experience.
A draw all on its own as well, the circular art deco clubhouse gives visitors a full panoramic view of the surrounding natural beauty. The well stocked golf shop, bar and restaurant, locker rooms, and top-floor lounge are stacked on top of each other with floor-to-ceiling windows and surrounding decks where you can feel the sea breeze between games or enjoy the excellent drinks and food.
Listed at number 56 in Golf Magazine’s 100 top courses in the world, Castle Stuart is quite the destination for any golfer who will be coming to the Iverness area that’s been home to many events including the Scottish Open.