Forfar, Angus DD8 2RL
18 holes. Heathland & parkland. Gently undulating terrain - a few slopes to climb.
Open rural countryside.
Original layout by Old Tom Morris of St Andrews (1871); later alterations by James Braid (1926) ... 13 of today's holes and greens are in much the same location as in Morris's original 1871 layout.
1 mi E of Forfar / 15 mi N of Dundee.
Forfar Golf Club: Benefitting from the handiwork of two of Scotland's greatest golfer/designers, Old Tom Morris and James Braid, Forfar has oft' been described as an unsung hero of Scottish golf. With its heathland and parkland characteristics, the layout is home to distinctive "furrowed" fairways, which could well have been "imported" from the many seaside links courses on the Angus coast.
Towering pines line the holes with their undergrowth of heathland gorse, whin and broom (yes ... there is a difference between these three yellow-flowering shrubs). The heathland attributes don’t end there, with Forfar's tight turf a joy to play from. As long as you don't expect even lies, you should thoroughly enjoy this inland course ... renowned for its bumpy terrain and rippling fairways, not to mention the attractive bunkering and well-prepared greens.
Visitors welcome on weekdays and weekends.
Must book in advance.
Credit cards accepted. Contact club for full details, discounts, packages, etc. [Last updated: 2020].
Players generally walk this course. Golf carts (x2) available for hire; book in advance.
Founded in 1871, Forfar Golf Club is home to the the world's seventh oldest 18-hole golf course. Founding member James Brodie invited Tom Morris Snr to Forfar where he laid out the club's golf course ... the first ever to be designed from its inception as a full 18-hole layout. Until then most courses were designed as 9-hole layouts, and were subsequently extended to 18-holes at a later date.
2019 Golf World rating: 83rd best course in Scotland.
2021 Opens: whether by accident or design, four of the top five mens’ Open Championships played in the British Isles occupy consecutive weeks in July: the Irish Open (1-4), Scottish Open (8-11), The Open (15-18) and Wales Open (22-25). The recently relaunched English Open is scheduled for early-August.
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