When it comes to golf in The Highlands, you are in for a real treat. There is no finer place to play a round of golf than the country that gave the game to the world. Scotland hosts over 550 courses, including links courses, parkland courses, heathland courses and everything else in between.
The first record of golf in Scotland dates from the 15th century (back then it was known as 'gowf'). In 1764 the Links at St Andrews (now known as the Old Course) was reduced from 22 holes to 18, creating the standard course format still in use today, and in 1860 the first Open Championship was held at Prestwick - an illustrious history indeed!
The Highlands has an array of some of the finest golf courses in the world! We have picked five fantastic golf courses for you to visit during your stay at Daviot.
The Castle Stuart Golf Links course is only 11 miles from Daviot Lodge. It was host to the Barclay’s Scottish Open in 2011 where the World number one at the time, Luke Donald, was victorious despite the unprecedented Summer storms. Clever mounding ensures that most holes are played in isolation, with the next hole only becoming visible after the last one has been played. Another eye-catching feature throughout the course is the use of expansive, wild looking bunkers to fringe the sand-capped fairways and green sites, adding a wonderfully natural feel. This course should definitely be top of your list if you are a golf enthusiast!
Less than 20 miles from Daviot is Nairn’s Championship Links, one of the most spectacular seaside courses in Scotland, boasting sea views from every hole! It’s one of Scotland’s lesser known gems! The greens are sited in the trickiest places - some raised, whilst some are nestled in hollows. Most are well protected by bunkers or natural hazards, all of the greens are fast and true, a Nairn trademark. Despite being so far North, Nairn is one of the driest places in Britain making it an ideal golfing venue. It is this course in 1999 where Peter McEvoy lead the Great Britain and Ireland Walker Cup team to victory over the USA.
Around 25 miles from Daviot, The Macdonald Aviemore Spey Valley Moorland course opened in the Summer of 2006 and is one of a relatively small number of Scottish inland courses. Designed by architect Dave Thomas, who also built the Macdonald Cardrona course in Peebles. Holes are generally very open, though heather and gorse line many of the fairways, and trees are strategically placed to encounter some challenges along the way. The trademark Dave Thomas bunkering threaten golfers at most points of the course.
Also 25 miles away, the golf course at Boat of Garten, is a “fun” course. It is short in length but that doesn’t mean that it is not challenging! Unusually, the course opens with a par three hole - always tricky early on in the round! The most memorable hole is the par four, 6th hole, named “Avenue” which will surely remain etched in the mind for eternity - the hole doglegs to the right, pine and birch trees tightly flank the fairways. Cutting off the dogleg is fraught with danger, but a lay-up will leave a 200 yard approach to a hogback green! It’s a beauty!
Just 7 miles away from Daviot is the Inverness Golf Club, a parkland course that in the past has been used to host the Northern Open for Scottish golf professionals. A main road intersects the course and the Mill Burn comes into play on several holes! Outstanding views over Inverness to Kessock Bridge and beyond the BlackIsle can be seen from the 12th tee. The last hole “Deoch an Dorius” translated “a drink at the door” is one of the finest finishing holes in the North of Scotland.
These are just a few of the local courses in close proximity to Daviot that make golf in The Highlands so special. As you will see there are variety of locations and terrains to choose from whilst the common theme is spectacular views and scenery. Golf enthusiasts would find any of these courses a challenge worth taking on and we defy you to find a better setting anywhere!