Brora, Sutherland KW9 6QS
18 holes. Seaside links. Undulating terrain - a few slopes to climb
Coastal duneland and rural countryside
63 miles N of Inverness
From the A9, approx 18 miles north of the Dornoch Firth Bridge, and in the centre of Brora, turn right into Golf Road. Follow road for o.5 miles to Golf Club, which is on your right.
Brora Golf Club: The gently undulating duneland of Brora is home to one of Scotland's lesser known gems, and one that commands great respect amongst golf aficionados. Laid out on wonderfully open expansive links terrain, the course roams out-and-back along the seashore just to the north of the village.
Brora's rolling fairways and rough are maintained in part by the green-keeping staff, and in part by a dedicated band of sheep and cattle; these highly efficient grass-munchers ensuring that ball-finding from wayward shots is not as difficult as on many seaside links courses.
The course really comes into its own on and around the greens, which is where your score will flourish or founder. Protected from the livestock by electrified wire, the firm greens are home to all manner of slopes and borrows. There's also deep revetted bunkers and steepish run-offs to contend with around the putting surfaces; the run-offs will either gather your ball into the sand, or ensure a deft touch is required to connect with the putting surface.
The scenic Sutherland foothills combine with wonderful sea views to provide the backdrop for James Braid's excellent layout ... one that's regarded as amongst his finest. The more you play Brora the more likely you are to become one of its many devotees, enchanted by its excellent layout, wonderful views, authenticity and at times rustic character.
Visitors welcome on weekdays and weekends.
Must book in advance. Handicap required.
Credit cards accepted. Contact club for full details, day tickets, discounts, etc. <i>[Last updated: 2020].</i>
Players generally walk this course.
Just visible from the golf course is the famous Clynelish distillery, making a single malt whisky of that name. Brora is also the headquarters of the James Braid Golfing Society.
Scotland: 26th best course in Scotland (Golf World, 2021).
Golf Road, Brora, Sutherland KW9 6QS
+44 (0)1408 621 252Visit website
Built in the early 1900's by renowned Scottish architect Sir Robert Lorimer as a private Country House, the hotel has recently undergone an extensive and exciting refurbishment. The hotel is within walking distance of the charming village of Brora and 1 minute from the golf course and sandy beach.
Royal Dornoch; Golspie
Church Street, Golspie, Sutherland
+44 (0)1408 633 408Visit website
The Golf Links is a friendly, family-run hotel in Golspie, with a seafront location and beautiful views overlooking the Dornoch Firth. It is located right alongside the beach and immediately adjacent to the 18-hole Golspie Golf Course.
Brora; Royal Dornoch; Skibo Castle; Tain.
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