Castle Stuart Golf Links
Castle Stuart Golf Links Club overview
Opening in 2009, Castle Stuart quickly entered the Golf Digest World Top 100 rankings and one of Scotland’s top public courses. The creation of Castle Stuart certainly had the international visitor in mind with its stunning art-deco clubhouse, wonderful panoramic views and superb practice facilities.
Inside the clubhouse, you will find a well-stocked shop, a restaurant/bar serving great food and elegant locker rooms that like the course, offer impressive views across the Moray Firth and north to the Black Isle. Situated 20 minutes east of the city of Inverness and 15 minutes west of Nairn in Northern Scotland it is ideally located if staying in either of those locations.
Castle Stuart Golf Links Course overview
Designed by Mark Parsinen and Gil Hanse, the course at Castle Stuart lies on the shores of the Moray Firth in the Scottish Highlands. An 18-hole, par-72 links layout, the design has the enjoyment of the game at its core.
Golfers will experience elevated tees, short par-4’s offering risk/reward situations, long and short par 3’s and the occasional blind shot. And overall offers a refreshing change from some of the more challenging links courses. This is not to say it easy by any means, as there are still gorse-lined fairways and the oceanfront to contend with, but the wider fairways do lend themselves to better scoring.
Although a modern venue, Castle Stuart compliments the existing golf options in the Highlands extremely well, increasing the recognition of Northern Scotland being a world-class golf destination.
The 10th hole at Castle Stuart is a superb par-4, from an elevated tee looking out to the sea you have to decide your line across the vast gorse in front of you. The best line is down the left side which leaves a tricky approach to a shelved green. This hole has a great blend of strategy and beauty.
Did You Know?
Castle Stuart Golf Links hosted its first professional tournament after just two years of opening when it held the 2011 Scottish Open for the European Tour. The event was won by Luke Donald.
Accommodation near Castle Stuart Golf Links
The Golf View Hotel
A period property located just 30 minutes east of Inverness and adjacent to Nairn Golf Club, situated on the seafront with panoramic views of the Moray Firth. A great Highlands base.
Sandown House B&B, originally a former dairy farm that has been transformed into a luxury Five Star Gold guesthouse, sits just outside of Nairn in the heart of the beautiful Scottish Highlands.
The Ardgowan in St Andrews is a 36-room family-run, 3-star hotel in the center of town. A popular spot for golfers, this hotel is just a short walk from the 1st tee of the famed Old Course.
Situated one mile from downtown Inverness and positioned within 4 acres of beautifully manicured private grounds, sits the excellent Kingsmills Hotel – an upscale 4-star property.