Castle Stuart Golf Links


5-star : simply the best - golf courses don’t get much better than this.
   Castle Stuart Golf Links Est. 2009

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Castle Stuart Golf Links has given the Scottish Highlands another world-class coastal treasure, joining an impressive list of golf courses that includes the likes of Royal Dornoch, Nairn and the private Skibo Castle. Just a stone's throw from the infamous battlefield of Culloden, Castle Stuart commands spectacular views from all its wonderfully crafted holes.

Whether at the sea's edge, as on the first three holes of each nine-hole loop, or up on the course's higher elevations, the views here are stunning beyond compare. The ever-present spectacular vistas take in the Moray Firth, Chanonry Peninsula (and lighthouse), Black Isle, Highland mountain ranges and the Kessock Bridge, which crosses the Beauly Firth at Inverness. As you play round Castle Stuart you are never without a spectacular view to admire.

The layout itself combines the smooth lines of a modern-day design with the rugged character and features of a much older layout. Several "infinity" greens provide spectacular tee and approach shots, with the Firth, the mountains or Castle Stuart itself providing scenic backdrops to several greens. "Ease of play" considerations and the layout's exposed position directly alongside the Firth, encouraged designers Mark Parsinen and Gil Hanse to incorporate wide fairways into the layout. Some of the fairways are so generous, you'd be seriously embarrassed to miss them.

Large and extravagantly undulating greens are matched by the exuberance of some of the bunkering. A mix of revetted pot bunkers and more expansive rustic bunkering reaches epic proportions with an elaborate sand hazard separating the long par-4 5th and par-5 6th fairways. There's also a dramatic sand cliff flanking the tee-boxes of the fabulous par-4 13th. Castle Stuart is as scenic as any golf course in Scotland, and right up there with the best. This might explain the fairly hefty green fee, making it one of the most expensive courses to play among its esteemed Highland peers!

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Making Contact

Castle Stuart Golf Links
Balnaglack Farmhouse, Dalcross,
nr Inverness, Inverness-shire IV2 7JL
Scotland
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Office   +44 (0)1463 796 111 (bookings)
Pro Shop   +44 (0)1463 795 440
Fax

  +44 (0)1463 796 127

Email   bookings@castlestuartgolf.com
Website   www.castlestuartgolf.com
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Golf Pro
 
Gillian Stewart (multiple Ladies European Tour winner).
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About the course

The course: 18 holes. Coastal links-style.
Undulating terrain - several slopes to climb
 
Surroundings: Seaside and rural countryside.
 
Designer: Mark Parsinen & Gil Hanse
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  Men Back Men Front Women Front
Yards 7009 6183 5179
Par 72 72 72
SSS or Slope 74.7 70.9 71.2
 
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How2Get There?

6 miles NE of Inverness
From Inverness follow the A96 east, direction Nairn. After 4 miles turn left onto the B9039, direction Castle Stuart. After 1.5 mls golf entrance is on your left.

Essential information

Green Fees:
Visitor fee, 18-holes in high season (May thru' Oct) (all days): £210. Credit cards accepted. Contact club for full details, discounts, day tickets, Stay&Play packages, etc. [Last updated: 2019].
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Who can play and When?
Visitors welcome on weekdays and weekends during golf season (April thru' mid-Nov).  Must book in advance. Proof of handicap may be requested.
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Other Information
Castle Stuart is a walking-only course; golf carts are not available. Caddies available if booked in advance.
Caddies available if booked in advance.
Practice facilities
Excellent
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Did you know?

The construction of the Castle Stuart (the castle) was started by Mary Queen of Scots' half-brother, James Stuart, the 1st Earl of Moray. He was unfortunately murdered, as was the 2nd Earl, so the castle was eventually finished in 1625 by James Stuart, 3rd Earl of Moray. The castle fell into decline later in the 1600s, and for 300 years remained a derelict ruin. Its wonderful recent restoration is the inspiration of two current day members of this noble Scottish lineage, Charles and Elizabeth Stuart.

Castle Stuart Golf Links opened for play in July 2009, and now offers its own onsite accommodation. The original Castle Stuart, which is adjacent to the golf course, offers 8 historic guest-rooms.

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Published Ranking
2018 Golf World rating: 26th best course in Britain & Ireland.
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Location

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Latitude: (57.529096)
Longitude: (-4.098759)
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Castle Stuart (onsite lodging) 
Balnaglack Farmhouse, Dalcross, nr Inverness IV2 7JL.
+44 1463 796 111
www.castlestuartgolf.com

Castle Stuart offers a range of onsite accommodation, including the Farmhouse (sleeps 8), Golf Lodge (sleeps 6) and Castle Cottage (sleeps 8). All have been recently refurbished and offer comfortable onsite accommodation. The actual castle itself (Castle Stuart) is a classic Scottish baronial castle, currently being refurbished. In future it will offer 5-star luxury boutique-style hotel accommodation.

Golf at this hotel Castle Stuart
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Golf within 5 miles No
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Golf within 20 miles Inverness; Nairn; Nairn Dunbar
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Culloden House Hotel 4-star
Culloden, Inverness IV2 7BZ
+44 (0)1463 790 461
www.cullodenhouse.co.uk

Culloden House Hotel is one of the finest luxury hotels in Scotland, and the recipient of numerous awards and accolades for its accommodations and fine cuisine. The house is a fine Georgian mansion incorporating much of the original fortified house/castle within its structure.

Golf at this hotel No
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Golf within 5 miles Castle Stuart; Inverness
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Golf within 20 miles Nairn; Nairn Dunbar
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