The Malt Whisky Trail is a year-round golfing destination
Speyside is an outstanding area of Scotland as a high quality, year-round golfing destination through collaboration with golf courses, accommodation and visitor attractions to create experiences which are welcoming, enjoyable, unique and memorable.
The Boat of Garten Golf Club in the heart of the Scottish Highlands with the towering Cairngorm Mountains to the south and the River Spey skirting its fringe, there are few more sylvan settings than the Boat of Garten Golf Club. Heather and silver birch trees outline many holes with the chuffing of the nearby Strathspey Steam Railway adding a delightful nostalgic touch.
It really is a surprise to most visitors to discover just how good Elgin Golf Club is in every respect. The much under-rated course has some of the best Par 4’s in Scotland. From the start you are stretched with eight Par 4’s over 400 yards including the 1st and 2nd. You get a bit of a breather on the 3rd but it is not an easy green to hit and hold. And so it goes! Long irons and fairway woods tend to get much more of an airing here. If you are looking to get in a quick round before visiting the Glen Moray distillery, less than two miles away is the Elgin Golf Course
Designed by Open Championship winners James Braid and Willie Park, Forres Golf Club is just less than 6300 yards, not the longest by today’s standards but it certainly provides a good test. The course offers a chance to relax and appreciate a truly delightful setting. Well known for its spectacular views over Findhorn Bay and the Moray Firth, Forres Golf Course is always beautifully maintained and a joy to play.
The picture-perfect Speyside village of Grantown-on-Spey offers one of those delightful golf dalliances. It doesn’t really matter how well you play here, you’re really going to enjoy Grantown on Spey Golf Club. Grantown is simply gorgeous, a delight to the eye and a pleasure to amble over. The first half dozen holes are open and let you warm up. Cross the road to the 7th and it’s a different world, tree-lined and heathery with noticeable changes in elevation. Murdie’s View is the 9th; a 275-yard reachable Par 4. Many have a pop at the green from the panoramic high tee and only the fortunate few succeed.
Like the famous Old Course at St Andrews, Moray Golf Club starts and finishes in town. This is classic links, marching away from the clubhouse all the way to the 12th before turning for home close to the beach. Catching the full effect of wind and tide, this is golf-by-the-sea as it should be! Moray Old was laid out by Old Tom Morris back in 1889 with little fundamental change to its routing since. The 18th is considered one of the finest finishing holes in Scotland. A wall and gardens on the right are out of bounds but you need a solid drive to gain position to reach the parapet green.
If you’re visiting the Glenfiddich distillery, take some time to experience the course at Dufftown Golf Club (the 10th tee stands at over 1,200 ft, offering fantastic views of the historic whisky town).
Near The Glenliviet distillery lies Ballindalloch Golf Club. This magnificent Championship length golf course was designed by Donald Steel and Tom Mackenzie, both internationally recognised golf course architects with courses in over fifteen countries. With its nine holes and eighteen tees, the course provides a fair test for golfers of all standards and is well placed to become known as the finest nine-hole course in Scotland.
Rothes Golf Course was opened in 1990 through the hard work and perseverance of the members of Rothes Golf Club which had been established many years before. Located in the heart of the Spey Valley, on the famous Whisky Trail, an attractive 9 hole inland course, built on parkland featuring lush tree-lined fairways overlooks wonderful panoramic views of the Spey Valley and the friendly village of Rothes
With views to the Cromdale Hills & Cairngorms, Craggan Golf Course is a well maintained 9-hole par 3 course in a beautiful setting beside the River Spey. It is designed to suit all standards of golfer, from the complete beginner, to the accomplished low handicapper who wants to sharpen up their short game, and younger and older players for which a full length course can be something of a trial.