Castle Stuart is quickly becoming one of Scotland’s premier golfing institutions. Despite only opening in 2009, it has developed a worldwide reputation for offering a superb links golf experience. Golf Magazine placed it at no.56 in its list of the Top 100 golf courses in the world in 2013. That is an amazing accolade to receive for a course so young. Castle Stuart has opened a thrilling new chapter in Scotland’s proud golfing heritage.
With its setting in the rugged Scottish Highlands, the course features stunning surroundings throughout. The Black Isle, Kessock Bridge and Chanonry lighthouse are all part of an abundance of astounding visual imagery. Even from the first tee, you are faced with the North Sea all down your right, and a long stretch of beach on both sides. The thick pockets of gorse may look captivating, but you may change your mind if your ball takes up residence inside them. That being said, the fairways are wide, giving players a reasonable margin for error off the tee.
The European Tour rewarded Castle Stuart for its wonderful design by awarding it three Scottish Opens in a row. The competition was held here between 2011 and2013, and is deserving recognition for the work that has gone in to making this cheeky young upstart into one of world golf’s highlights. The competition will return once more in 2016, further cementing its place in Scottish golf’s highest ranks.