Strathpeffer Spa Golf Club was founded in 1888 in the hills above the Victorian spa village of Strathpeffer. Originally a 9 hole course it was extended by the “Grand Old Man of Golf” – Tom Morris to 18 holes in 1896 from which today’s layout does not deviate to any great extent. Strathpeffer Spa is one of the most scenic courses in Scotland with spectacular panoramic views towards the Cromarty Firth in the east and the Fannich Hills in the west and the views are worth the green-fees alone.
The course itself – although short by today’s standards is one of the most testing in the North of Scotland and although it is a par 67 (with 7 par 3’s) no player professional or amateur has yet beaten a gross 60 !
Natural hazards are abundant – including water features at the 1st, 3rd, 6th, 10th and 11th holes so man-made hazards are few and far between.
Strathpeffer’s claim to fame is that the 1st hole features the longest drop from tee to green in Scotland.