6 reviews of Golspie Golf Club
JUST PLAYED IN THE SCRAMBLE 06 / 06 / 09
THE COURSE HAS COME ON LEEPS AND BOUNDS SINCE I LAST PLAYED IT IN THE JIMMY MILLER QUAICH IN APRIL 2007.
I MUST CONGRATULATE THE GREENKEEPING STAFF ALEX & CRAIG THE COURSE WAS IN SUPER CONDITION.
THE CLUBHOUSE WAS FULL OF GOLFERS WHO HAD JUST ENJOYED A ROUND OF GOLF ON ONE OF THE MOST IMPROVING COURSES IN THE HIGHLANDS.
AND CRAIG YOU OWE ME A POUND ( GREENKEEPER )WE DID YOU OLD BOY AND WITH 2 LADIES IN OUR TEAM, SAME GROSS 65
CHEERS PETER HAWORTH
PS I MUST CONGRATULATE THE COMMITTEE IN EMPLOYING THESE 2 SUPER GREENKEEPERS
It is with interest that i read the reports that are done on this course, I agree that it is probably a 3 part course in that there is links, heath and as it is just now, 2 holes (14+15) parkland(ish). There was a change in the structure of the Greenkeeping staff and they have got a young, very enthusiastic and hard working team. There has been alot of work done on the course (new tees, major bunker renovation, re-shaping of playing surfaces etc) since the new team was formed. The course is no longer lagging behind in quality surfaces in comparison to Tain, Royal Dornoch and Brora and can quite happily boast very good quality greens throughout the season.
The work is on going and with the sources available will be a "work in progress" but one that is well worth a visit and boasts stunning views of both sea and hills. Its a very tough test of golf and as long as you are never far from the fairway, you will love this cracking wee track. When you come to play, dont forget the camera!!!
Oh, I forgot to mention, I am the current Head Greenkeeper here at Golspie and Club Champion.
It is difficult to really establish what kind of ciurse Golpsie is. It's a hybrid of links, heathland, moorland and parkland which provides one of the toughest tests of golf you could find in terms of the sheer variety of holes on offer.
The opening 5 holes are definitely links style golf, played along the shoreline. Drives can be sprayed pretty much anywhere, which doesn't prepare you for what is to come.
You then go inland and play a series of heathland/parkland holes where straight driving is an absolute must. Fairways are tight, stray from the straight and narrow and all kinds of hazards await - heather, gorse and water to name a few. Several tee shots are blind, just in case the course wasn't difficult enough. The best line for so many drives on this course see you going over heather and pretty heavy rough, so "duff" drives are heavily penalised.
The greens are generally in good nick, and are well protected by bunkers, water, gorse etc as well as the prevailing elements. The course in general looked in need of a little bit of care and attention when we visited, but that said this is a good testing track.
The Clubhouse, as with many of the Highlands clubs, did not look the most inviting but facilities inside were adequate. We were well looked after as visitors who they are clearly keen to attract.
A tough challenge but well worth the visit.
The penultimate day of the Scotland 2006 tour and destination Golspie to experience this links / heathland / parkland conundrum.
Holes 5 to 11 really make this course but there's also a superb collection of five par 3s which must be difficult to beat for sheer variety everything from a beefy semi-blind 217-yard links hole at 17 to a short mid-iron at 10 over a pond in the wooded section.
However, the highlight of the course is the 9th, a superlative 412 yard par 4, which demands total accuracy off the tee to avoid the heather and then a top-drawer approach shot, all set against a stunning backdrop of firs. It's called 'Paradise,' and not without good reason. The short 7th and the long 8th before it are also very good par 4s in their own right.
The parkland holes (particularly 13, 14 & 15) didn't really do much for me although the finishing three holes are stronger and ensure the round doesn't peter out.
Overall, the mixture of settings means Golspie is surely a unique course. It's also welcoming, totally unpretentious and a good test of golf.
Tomorrow, though, is the final day and the big one: Royal Dornoch. Bring it on...
A brilliant golf course which although it is not too difficult length wise, never alows you to take it apart.
Perhaps my favorite Socttish golfing experience. Three courses in one (seaside links, parkland, and heather) Golpsie is relatively easy but challenging at every turn. It is a true local course and you get the sense of golf the way the Scots play it (as opposed to the way toursits play it). So charming, we played it twice!!
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