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FORTROSE & ROSEMARKIE
As part of a little Highland adventure, I started my Golf Trip at Fortrose & Rosemarkie Golf Club.
We received a very warm welcome in a great, well stocked Pro Shop, and were directed to the very bright and spacious Clubhouse for our breakfast.
We had an incredible view over the 18th green from the bright and airy clubhouse, and enjoyed the breakfast.
Now, unlike me, if you want a bit of practice before your round, the facilities are excellent. Lots of driving bays, plus short game areas. If you have the inclination and energy, it’s a great area to practice.
To the main event, The Golf.
Standing on the 1st tee, you know you are in for a true Links test of golf, with the sea to your left, and with and gorse bushes all down the right. Tight, yes, but a good driving hole to open up. Unfortunately, if you are a little wayward, the first 4 holes are pretty similar, with the same troubles, sea left, bushes right. To keep a score going, plan carefully on the first 4, bogeys aren’t all bad.
Hole 5 we make a little turn to a very scenic 130 yard par 3. Not easy, choose your club wisely.
6,7, and 8, are again beautifully laid out Links golf, with lots of very well placed little pot bunkers, with old stone steps into them, with lovely riveted facia, a joy to play out of, not! Please avoid if you can. The wind in this little corner does tend to “dance around a bit”, and makes for some thought provoking golf shots.
Hole 9 is a tough par 3, 190 yards into a headwind, when we played. It has a well protected area, with lots of green side bunkers, and is almost a blind shot from the tee, with just the top of the flag showing.
Holes 10-13, are typically well laid out Links golf holes, all tricky par 4s, unless you get 4 very good drives away.
Holes 14 & 15, are your first real risk and reward holes, 14, 265 yard par 4, very reachable in the right wind, but trouble all down the left. Hole 15, again, with conditions in your favour, 290 yard par 4, drivable with the wind, but beware trouble left, and the run offs in every direction round the green. 16 funnily enough for a traditional Links, plays away from the homeward stretch, and although only 340 yards, it’s a little toughie.
Now to 17, and 18, two incredible holes to finish. Hole 17, takes you back to a teeing ground low down in the corner, hit a great drive, and get up on the plateau, it’s quite an easy hole, however, beware the gully all along the right, which is sprinkled with lots of beautiful “blooming” gorse bushes.
Now, no 18. Up to the elevated tee, 215 yards slightly downhill, bunkers short, left and right, with the Clubhouse and lots of big windows, about 5 metres from the back of the green. A great finishing hole.
I’ve not mentioned much about the greens on this course, they are typical Links greens, lots of run offs, subtle borrows, running fast but true, and when you get to them, they are great to putt on. But, beware the slight over hit putt, or you could find yourself being made to look foolish.
All in all, a great place to visit and play 18 holes of golf. Well stocked Pro Shop:
Great food in a very well positioned Clubhouse, and helpful friendly staff all round. A great Links Experience