Golspie Golf Club

Written by Chris Thornton | 21st of August 2021
Golf Outdoor Activities Sutherland
Golspie Golf Club

Golspie Golf Club is one of the great north Scottish Golf Clubs in Sutherland and part of the NC500. Based on Ferry road Golspie Sutherland, the 6021-yard links course offers something for every avid golfer visiting Scotland.

The design of the course is heavily influenced by the great course designer James Braid. With beautiful mountains (Ben Bhraggie) to the left and the Dornoch Firth to the right, the course is an absolute delight to play and great fun for all ability levels.

The Course

The course at Golspie is comprised of 18 holes

  1. Backies - 493 yards / Par 5.
  2. Kirk - 166 yards / Par 3.
  3. Shore - 360 yards / Par 4.
  4. Gully - 522 yards / Par 5.
  5. Sahara - 288 yards / Par 4.
  6. Saucer - 151 yards / Par 3.
  7. Fleet - 285 yards / Par 4.
  8. Wood - 404 yards / Par 4.
  9. Paradise - 420 yards / Par 4.
  10. Lochy - 147 yards / Par 3.
  11. Tinkers Camp - 347 yards / Par 4.
  12. Table - 341 yards / Par 4.
  13. Cup - 323 / Par 4.
  14. Fields - 488 yards / Par 5.
  15. Tattie Pits - 457 yards / Par 4.
  16. Cairngorms - 175 yards / Par 3.
  17. Sahara Back - 211 yards / Par 3.
  18. Drum Brae - 443 yards / Par 4.

History of Golspie Golf Club

The club was founded as early as 1889, but golf was already being played at Golspie 11 years prior to its formation, with regular competitions held.

In 1895, the Golspie course was 9 holes and was hailed as "an excellent course" by The Golfers Guide. In 1905 the course was further extended to 18 holes. The Duchess of Sutherland officially opened the course.

After continual improvements over the next few decades, course designer James Braid was invited to make his own improvements to the already impressive golf course. He added various bunkers and changed the position of some of the greens, these alterations were completed in 1926.

Nearly 100 years later, the course has remained more or less the same giving testament to its popularity and design compared to other golf courses. However, some updates have been made, with the course length being increased to 6021 yards. The Backies and Field holes were lengthened to achieve this.

Golspie Golf Club, Clubhouse

Built-in 1967 the clubhouse is a fantastic facility for Golspie Golf Club. With stunning panoramic views over the golf course and the Dornoch Firth, it is a joy to just sit and look out at the impressive vista. Why not partake in a small Scottish Whisky from the fully licensed bar or try some of the fine food on offer? Complimentary Wifi is also available.

My wife and I have dined here twice and the food was great each time. They had a dedicated chef there both times, and I tried my first Lemon Posset there which was delicious.

Other facilities include:

How much does it cost to play at Golspie Golf Course?

For non-members the costs are £80 for a single round or £90 for a day ticket. However, discounts are available for the James Braid Association - £45, Dornoch Firth Golf Pass - £60, North Coast 500 Link - £60, Highland Reciprocal - £20.

Golspie Golf Club also have reciprocal agreements with clubs in Aboyne, Invergordon, Tain, Orkney, Caithness and Sutherland.

How much is membership at Golspie Golf Course?

Full membership is £380 per year for adults, seniors - £320, young adults - £150.

Are there competitions at Golspie Golf Club?

Yes, there are competitions held through the season between May and October, for both men and women.

Are there other Golf courses nearby?

Brora Golf Club to the north and Royal Dornoch Golf Club to the south are the next nearest courses.

Where can I stay in Golspie?

Golspie Golf Club actually have their own cottage on offer for visitors to the club. Stone's Throw Cottage is right on the golf course and has fantastic views of the sea. They even throw in a round of drinks and a drink discount at the clubhouse.

The Golspie Inn at the east side of Golspie also looks fantastic, I fancy staying here on my next visit to the area.

Conclusion

Golspie Golf Club is a must-visit for all golfers looking for the most enjoyable golfing experiences in Scotland. Check out the Big Burn Walk and Dunrobin Castle while you are in the area.

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