Castle Stuart Golf Linkswww.castlestuartgolf.com
"It's a thrilling ride, nothing like the usual out-and-back links"
Scotland the home of golf. As Turnberry is to Ayrshire and Gleneagles is to Perthshire, Castle Stuart has been conceived to be for the Highlands – a beacon reaching out to golfers throughout the world.
The centrepiece for this destination golf resort will be Castle Stuart Golf Links, a championship links course overlooking the Moray Firth and well-known landmarks that are synonymous with Inverness and the Black Isle - Kessock bridge and Chanonry Lighthouse perhaps the most notable.
The resort will include a small luxury Hotel & Spa, 'resort-ownership' Lodges & Apartments, plus a second Seaside Course. Castle Stuart’s goal is to add to the rich fabric of golf in the Scottish Highlands - a fabric made rich by Royal Dornoch, Nairn, Brora and many other fine golf clubs. The Home of the 2011 Barclays Scottish Open.
Location: Inverness, Scotland
Year founded: 2009
Courses: Castle Stuart, 7009 yards
Architect: Mark Parsian & Gil Hanse
Hole #11 - 144 yards par 3
First get the negatives out of the way. Long and left is not good. Nor is long and right. So for those low handcappers, don't go over the top or push your shot. Toy won't like the result. For those of us average players, short and right is a very mangeable recovery area. Putting up and through greenside contours will yield many a par. Maybe this "shorty" is a wee bit harder for the better players thean the rest of us.
Hole #16 - 335 yards par 4
A drivable par 4 where birdies will abound. Having a go at it isn't a bad idea. Something disasterous can happen but it's not likely.
Course played: Castle Stuart
Date played: 27th September, 2011