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.