Playing the Course
As Turnberry is to Ayrshire and Gleneagles is to Perthshire, Castle Stuart was conceived for the Highlands – a beacon reaching out to golfers throughout the world.
The centrepiece for this destination golf resort is 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 being the most notable.
Castle Stuart adds to the rich fabric of golf in the Scottish Highlands – a fabric made rich by Royal Dornoch, Nairn, Brora amongst many other fine golf clubs.
Castle Stuart hosted the Scottish Open for three successive years from 2011 to 2013, returning again in 2016. This prestigious European Tour event has brought some of the world’s best golfers to the Highlands – including past winners like Phil Mickelson and Alex Noren – taking the breathtaking beauty of the Highlands to a huge television audience.
Open Championship 2013 winner Phil Mickelson said ‘It should almost be a prerequisite to play Castle Stuart before you’re allowed to design a golf course nowadays.’
Castle Stuart Golf Links
This cornerstone links course enjoys a setting and topography that is visually arresting with notable landmarks of the Moray Firth present throughout the round.
Surrounding the golfer is a rugged and natural landscape comprised of vast expanses of gorse, broom, heather, and sea marram.
Castle Stuart is a throwback to golf as it once was – a simple walk through pleasing natural surrounds with some companionable and competitive rules attached to it.