July 12, 2009

Durness Golf Course

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I’m just back from a fortnight’s holiday to Scotland. While there I played at Scotland’s most north westerly golf course, as Durness Golf Course is advertised. It is in Balnakeil just next to Durness. We visited on a sunny day and had to visit the nearby Balnakeil beach after our game.

The course is 9 holes, but each hole has four different tees for a bit of variety. On the men’s white tees it is a 2762 yard par 35 course. The course has a few hills and on most holes you are hitting up, down or around them. The flag is obscured from many tees and you have to drive towards the marker posts and use the layout diagrams on the scorecard. Luckily, considering my play, the rough is not very rough. Also, there are few trees, thus players have a good view of the Scottish coast (which is very beautiful). Apart from its location, the course is probably best known for its 9th hole – a short 100 or so yards, enlivened by a good 80 of those yards being over an inlet to the Atlantic! I (unintentionally) donated my ball to the ocean. The photo below is from the tee.

9th hole at Durness Golf Course

It cost £15 for nine holes and £5 to hire a half set of clubs – they let me choose the clubs. The staff were very friendly and helpful. The club house is not much more than a lounge and changing rooms, although there are self service chocolates and drinks. The course was nearly empty with great views. If you are travelling through the area, I recommend going for a round.


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