Tain, Ross-shire IV19 1JE
18 holes. Links course. Relatively flat terrain - easy to walk.
Rural countryside and seaside.
Old Tom Morris
32 miles N of Inverness
From the centre of Tain turn into Castle Brae (next to Gow's bakery) and follow signposts to golf.
Tain Golf Club: Although an excellent and testing course, Tain is not too typical of seaside links golf in Scotland. The layout briefly brings you down to the Moray Firth's seashore, but for much of the time this out-and-back design weaves its way through heather and gorse bushes (whins), and skirts alongside inland rural fields.
Tain's gently undulating front-nine certainly lays down a tight test, which may appeal more to accurate shot-makers than long, wayward hitters. Doglegging holes like the renowned par-4 3rd, long par-5 4th and sharply bending par-4 9th, with its delightful interplay of gorse, heather and Scots pines, are the jewels of the outward-nine.
On the inward-nine you journey seaward at the par-4 11th (Alps), which demands a blind approach shot over two large, adjoining dunes. The par-4 12th is played parallel with the shoreline, after which the layout turns inland again at the par-5 13th. While picking your way along the challenging closing stretch, there are many captivating views to be enjoyed onto the beautiful hills of Easter Ross, which rise up behind the town of Tain. The famous Glenmorangie distillery is also much in evidence on the back-nine.
But views aside, you will also face some of the most challenging holes on Tain's back-nine. A nerve-jangling drive awaits at the long, tight par-4 14th, ball-swallowing whins lining both sides of the hole. The short par-3 16th and much longer par-3 17th bring the meandering River Tain into play, before you cross the small country road (which you crossed on your approach shot at the par-4 1st) and head back down the excellent par-4 18th to the clubhouse.
Visitors welcome on weekdays and weekends (after midday).
Must book in advance.
Credit cards accepted. [Last updated: 2019].
Players generally walk this course. Caddies available if requested in advance.
Tain is home to the Glenmorangie distillery, renowned as one of the world's best known and finest single malt whiskies. | Less then 20 miles north of Tain, just north of Golspie, is the magnificent Dunrobin Castle, which is usually open to the public.
2019 Golf World rating: 68th best course in Scotland.
Morangie Rd, Tain, Ross-shire IV19 1PY
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