North Scotland

The North District Golf Association comprises around 60 member clubs and these clubs play on a corresponding number of courses, a third of which are 9-hole layouts. The North covers the largest geographical area in Scotland, an area that includes many of the Western Isles, the Orkney and Shetland islands.

It’s the often tumultuous rise and fall of the land in the Highlands and Islands that makes it so appealing to those seeking a different type of golfing experience. Big names like Royal Dornoch, Nairn and Castle Stuart may grab most of the mainstream attention on the mainland, but it’s lesser-known courses like Askernish, on South Uist, that help golfers reconnect to the basic elements of the game.

For such a diverse region, the North has done very well in competitive matches against the other Scottish associations. The male squad has been fortunate enough to win the Scottish Area team Championships three times in recent years; at Lanark in 1977, Edzell in 1995 and East Kibride in 2000.

Our North Scotland Best in Region rankings were last updated in July 2015. Click the link to read the story.

Top 100 Golf Courses - North Scotland

Royal Dornoch (Championship)

1st North Scotland - Best in Area

Royal Dornoch Golf Club is spellbinding. It seems to mesmerise amateur and professional golfers from all over the world...

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Castle Stuart

2nd North Scotland - Best in Area

Castle Stuart golf links will offer some serious competition to both Royal Dornoch and Nairn when it comes to attracting visiting golfers to the Highlands...

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Nairn (Championship)

3rd North Scotland - Best in Area

The Championship links at Nairn Golf Club is one of the most spectacular seaside courses in Scotland, boasting sea views from every hole.

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Skibo Castle - Carnegie Club

4th North Scotland - Best in Area

The Carnegie Club is located on the edge of the beautiful Dornoch Firth with views of the Struie Hills, the 7500-acre Skibo Castle estate is something very special. It’s a place where fairytales meet reality.

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Brora

5th North Scotland - Best in Area

Brora Golf Club is a fine, natural seaside links. A Highland delicacy to be tasted alongside Royal Dornoch. One of the jewels in James Braid's crown.

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Moray (Old)

6th North Scotland - Best in Area

The Old course at Moray Golf Club is a traditional treasure - a links which starts and ends in the town. The closing hole is one of the finest in the British Isles.

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Spey Valley

7th North Scotland - Best in Area

The golf course at Spey Valley has an old fashioned out and back routing and water comes into play along the way on several occasions.

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Boat of Garten

8th North Scotland - Best in Area

Make no mistake – this is exciting golf. The lovely course at the Boat of Garten Golf & Tennis Club wends its way, up and down, through heather, whin, pine and birch.

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Nairn Dunbar

9th North Scotland - Best in Area

Situated on the shores of the Moray Firth, Nairn Dunbar Golf Club is a classic course, steeped in history.

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Golspie

10th North Scotland - Best in Area

Golspie Golf Club is a vintage seaside course with a varied and enjoyable mix of links, heathland and parkland holes.

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