Spey Valley Golf Course

4-star: generally an excellent standard golf course, well worth visiting.
   Spey Valley Golf Course Est. 2006

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Spey Valley Golf Course at Macdonald Aviemore Resort: Rare indeed for a golf course designer to be presented with such a pristine area of unspoilt natural beauty. If that wasn't enough, the area in question is situated in the heart of the Scottish Highlands. In the mid-2000s and realising his good fortune, Dave Thomas set about designing Spey Valley with great enthusiasm and much respect for the natural environment. From a blank canvas he produced an outstanding golf course, which attractively complements the breathtaking scenery.

The par-4 1st and 18th holes are not the most impressive in the layout, but these "bookends" get you to and from some glorious golf holes. At times tight and tree-lined (unmercifully so at the long par-4 12th), and at other times more forgiving and open in character, few courses can boast as much heather as you'll find here. The free-flowing and trout-filled River Spey flows alongside the early holes, before you turn into the wild splendour of open moorland and Caledonian pine forests.

The layout's copious bunkering is gently rounded, reflecting the smooth lines of the Grampian mountains that encircle the course. The greens, usually large and undulating, also seem to take their cue from the continually rolling terrain. There's only one significant water hazard to worry about, which comes dangerously into play alongside the par-4 15th and the exquisite long par-3 16th.

Spey Valley offers a great golfing opportunity from which to appreciate the glorious Scottish Highlands, with its mountains, moorland and rivers all playing their part. If you are able to catch this course on a sunny summer's day when the heather is in full bloom, then a very special Highland treat awaits.

Stay & Play at Spey Valley: luxury onsite accommodation available at the Macdonald Aviemore Resort; see Where2Stay section below.

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Making Contact

Spey Valley Golf Course
Dalfaber Village,
Aviemore, Inverness-shire PH22 1PN
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Office   +44 (0)1479 815 100
Pro Shop   +44 (0)1479 811 725


Website   www.macdonaldhotels.co.uk
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Golf Pro
David Torrance (PGA, Head Golf Coach).
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David Torrance Golf Academy at Spey Valley.
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About the course

The course: 18 holes. Heathland course.
Undulating terrain - a few slopes to climb (and two longish tee-to-green walks).
Surroundings: Woodland.
Designer: Dave Thomas
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  Men Back Men Front Women Front
Yards 7118 6653 5924
Par 72 72 72
SSS or Slope 74 72 76
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How2Get There?

30 miles SE of Inverness
FROM THE NORTH (Inverness): leave the A9 Perth - Inverness road at the B9152 (Aviemore) exit. After 300 yds turn right direction Aviemore. After 1 mile, just as you enter Aviemore, turn left into Dalfaber Drive. After o.5 miles turn right into Golf Club. FROM THE SOUTH (Glasgow, Edinburgh and Perth): leave the A9 at the B970 (Aviemore) exit. Follow the road through Aviemore. Just as you are leaving Aviemore turn right into Dalfaber Drive, direction Spey Valley GC. After o.5 miles turn right into Golf Club.

Essential information

Green Fees:
Visitor fee, 18-holes in high season (May thru' Sept): £75 (all days). Credit cards accepted (not Amex). Contact club for full details, discounts, Stay&Play packages, etc. [Last updated: 2019].
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Who can play and When?
Visitors welcome on weekdays and weekends.  Must book in advance. Handicap required.
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Other Information
Players generally walk this course. Golf carts (buggies) available for hire. Caddies available if requested in advance.

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Did you know?

Spey Valley is just outside the Scottish Highland resort of Aviemore, one of Scotland's most popular outdoor activity centres. The area is a magnet for walkers, climbers, skiers, anglers, kayakers, bird-watchers and nature lovers. With Boat of Garten and Kingussie golf clubs also close-by, the number of visiting golfers also looks set to rise, especially with Spey Valley now established alongside the existing brace of Highland courses.

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Published Ranking
2019 Golf World rating: 67th best course in Scotland; 41st best Stay&Play golf resort in Britain & Ireland.
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Latitude: (57.200828)
Longitude: (-3.810299)
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Where2Stay including nearby courses also detailed in where2golf.com

Macdonald Aviemore Resort 3&4-star
Aviemore, Inverness-shire PH22 1PN
+44 (0)1479 815 100

Macdonald Aviemore Resort comprises four hotels: the Highlands Hotel (4-star), Strathspey Hotel (3-star), the lodge-style Academy Hotel (3-star) and the Aviemore Inn (3-star). These offer a range of accommodation types, with the 4-star Woodland Lodges set amidst an ancient Caledonian pine forest, providing a real home from home experience.

Golf at this hotel No
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Golf within 5 miles Spey Valley; Boat of Garten.
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Golf within 20 miles Kingussie
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Mansfield Castle Hotel 4-star
Scotsburn Road, Tain, Ross-shire IV19 1PR
+44 (0)1862 892 051

Mansfield Castle is an imposing Victorian building set in 3.5 acres of picturesque countryside, with award winning cuisine and magnificent oak panelling throughout.

Golf at this hotel No
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Golf within 5 miles Tain
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Golf within 20 miles Royal Dornoch; Brora (22 miles).
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