Golspie Golf Club
A little Scottish Highlands gem that does it all
In baseball, you have your everyday starters and then you have your bench players. Both are essential for a winning team. In the countryside surrounding Inverness, all stars like Royal Dornoch, Castle Stuart and Brora are your starters. And gems like Golspie are part of your stand-out bench. Like many a great bench player, it may a little short but Golspie can do it all. It has a links section, a heathland section and a parkland section. There are seaside holes and forested holes. And all add up to a thoroughly enjoyable, affordable and welcoming experience that is an essential part of a winning trip to the Scottish Highlands.
Apart from the main attraction [Dornoch], within a 20-minute drive up or down the coast you can play Tain (Old Tom Morris), Brora and Golspie (both designed by James Braid). Golspie was once perhaps the poor relation but not anymore, largely thanks to the tender loving care of experienced greenkeeper and fine amateur player Alex Macdonald.
National Club Golfer
[T]he terrain at Golspie is not exclusively links in nature. The course routing sets out over meadowland, quickly turns back as links along the Dornoch Firth for several holes, veers away from the shore into tree-lined heathland around the turn then returns to parkland and links by the end of the round – quite a combination!
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The course has a links section, a heathland section, and a parkland section and although the routing flows well, each section is recognizably different. Holes one through eight are links and run alongside the North Sea. Hole eight through eleven are heathland and could be mistaken for a course south of London. Twelve through eighteen are parkland with hints of links golf on the final three holes…. It would be a shame to visit the Highlands and only visit Royal Dornoch. Once you’ve journeyed that far north, take the time to visit Golspie. It’s a true local gem that embodies the best wholesome roots of Scottish golf.
…[B]y the time you have reached the turn you are acutely aware of the spectacular nature of this fascinating and varied links….The diverse terrain is what makes Golspie so special and stand out from other courses. Despite it having moments of heath and a spell of more meadowland on the inland back-nine I would still class it as a links overall….With so many top courses in the Scottish Highlands it is easy to overlook a visit to Golspie but, in my opinion, that would be a big error.Golf Empire
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What To Know
Yardage & Tees
When to Play
Golspie is open year around, weather permitting.
March through June is the driest season, while the warmest temperatures can be found June through September. April through November is a fine time to play Golspie, with May-June being your best bet.
Greens fees last verified November 2018. View them on golspiegolfclub.co.uk
Visitor Tee Times
Visitors may play Golspie seven days a week.
Rentals & Caddies
Caddies are available by special arrangement.
Pull carts are available
Golf carts are available in limited supply – book them in advance.
Golspie has a practice putting green and a short game practice area.
Other Things To Know
Year Built: 1889
Architects: The course was largely designed by James Braid in 1926.
Course guide: Golspie has a virtual tour and a course guide.