Strathpeffer Spa Golf Club was formed in 1888 and the original 9 hole course was extended to 18 holes in 1896 by the “Grand Old Man of Golf” – Tom Morris.
The course itself, although short by today’s standards (5001yds), is testing and leaves many first time visitors eager for more. It is a par 67 course but no player, professional or amateur, has yet beaten a gross 60!
It has spectacular panoramic views towards the Cromarty Firth in the east and the Fannich Hills in the west making it one of the most scenic courses in Scotland. The views alone are worth the green-fees.
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 its opening hole features the longest drop from tee to green in Scotland.
Brief tour around the courseThe opening hole provides a breathtaking challenge with a unique drop to the green nestling in the corner and a burn to cross.
A feature of the course is four par 3 holes in a row which gets you up the hill onto the upper plateau, one across a pond and another, although the shortest at only 123 yards, is a hard green to make.
The course then opens out with interesting holes to elevated greens. The 10th, another par 3, is a beautiful hole across a pond with a magnificent backdrop onto a saucer green.
Two par 4,s follow with position off the tee vital. Th 14th is again a par 3 but with rough most of the way to the green. The 15th’s second shot is blind but take time to enjoy the views of the Cromarty Firth.
Two comfortable par 4’s follow before reaching the 18th which may not be too long as it runs downhill but there is a severe slope waiting on the green to test the best of putters.