Tall tales and stories from the soul of links golf
When I feel inspired, I will share my experiences and love of classic seaside links golf in Scotland and beyond. An amateur writer as well as golfer.
Check out the pictures from the whole Sutherland tour
Sutherland in the Highlands of Scotland is not one of the best known stretches of links in the country. Isolated, wild and distant many are not aware of this cluster of wonderful courses. Edging the long coastline to the North of Inverness. Royal Dornoch is justly famous and on many golfer's bucket list. Around it Tain, Golspie and Brora offer a wonderful variety of landscape, scenery and challenge.
Three friends of mine from Dorset visited last week. We played all these links together with Fortrose & Rosemarkie - another unique golfing experience. The full story of the tour would be the shaggiest of mutts. But it is worth reflecting a little on the most northerly on the list, Brora.
Both structures look out over the North Sea. All that lies between them and the beach is the famous links. Time and good green keeping have shaped them. The present layout was “designed” by James Braid in 1923. Indeed the town is home to the James Braid Society. Yet it feels like the wildest and most untouched stretch of golfing land you will ever play.
At Brora there is more. The sheep and cattle of the local crofters wander with almost total freedom. A unique feature is the low charge electric fences which ring every green. Only these 18 precious patches are preserved from the hooves. Elsewhere, you will be relieved to know that a special local rule allows a free drop. Should your ball finish in the droppings which scatter the course.
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