Aviemore, Inverness-shire PH22 1PN
Office+44 (0)1479 815 100
Pro shop+44 (0)1479 811 725
Golf proDavid Torrance (PGA, Head Golf Coach).
AcademyDavid Torrance Golf Academy at Spey Valley.
18 holes. Heathland course. Undulating terrain - a few slopes to climb (and two longish tee-to-green walks).
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.
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.
Visitors welcome on weekdays and weekends.
Must book in advance. Handicap required.
Credit cards accepted (not Amex). Contact club for full details, discounts, Stay&Play packages, etc. [Last updated: 2019].
Players generally walk this course. Golf carts (buggies) available for hire. Caddies available if requested in advance.
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.
Scotland: 58th best course in Scotland (Golf World, 2021).
Aviemore, Inverness-shire PH22 1PN
+44 (0)1479 815 100Visit website
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.
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