Kingussie - North Scotland - Scotland

Kingussie Golf Club,
Gynack Road,
Kingussie,
PH21 1LR,
Scotland


  • +44 (0) 1540 661600

  • Len Cruikshank

  • Harry Vardon

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The delightful Kingussie Clubhouse - picture by Martin JordanGolf has been played at Kingussie since 1891 when a 9-hole course was first built. In 1908, the advice of Harry Vardon was sought and the course extended to a full 18 holes. Several improvements have been made over the years but, essentially, today’s course is still very much as it was a hundred years ago – Highland golf at its very best in the Spey Valley.

Kingussie Golf Club is situated on upland to the north of the prosperous town of Kingussie and its elevated position offers spectacular views of the Cairngorms and surrounding mountain ranges. So, even if the scorecard has been ripped up in disgust at one’s performance on the course, the scenic splendor will offer a modicum of comfort!

Kingussie – “head of the pinewood” in Gaelic – offers easy walking on upland terrain, with only a couple of short climbs at the 4th and 8th holes. Fairways are generous with little in the way of penal rough, water features at only a few holes – when the river Gynack comes into play – and greens are a delight to putt on. Position off the tee is important on this course of only 5,501 yards and is the key to good scoring here.

The 4th is the signature hole and it measures 463 yards. “The Fort” is the only par five on the course where two ‘lang whangs’ – mighty blows – are needed to get close before chipping to the pulpit green and hopefully single-putting for birdie.

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Description: Kingussie Golf Club is situated on upland to the north of the town and its elevated position offers spectacular views of the Cairngorms Rating: 4.2 out of 6 Reviews: 5

There are many courses labelled as 'hidden gems' but not many as worthy as Kingussie. I don't wax lyrical for the sake of it but if you want VERY reasonable green fee, a VERY challenging course, superb condition, excellent facilities and simply STUNNING views go no further.Just off A9 and WELL worth the slight detour whilst oln way UP North!!
5 / 6
Kingussie
October 20, 2014


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Kingussie Golf Club - photo by Jim McCannWhat a lovely place to play a late afternoon round of holiday golf in the heart of the Highlands! Only five and a half thousand yards from the back tees but it’ll test your golf game to the full. The 4th is a cracker, played to a green that’s been chiselled into the hillside and the 9th is a wonderful driving hole where the tee shot plunges over 100 feet down to a dog legging fairway. This begins a series of six holes on the east side of the river that ends with a flick of a wedge from the elevated tee of the lovely “Llittle Gynack” par three 15th. The final two holes are easy short par fours that bring you back to the clubhouse - and if there’s a more charming little clubhouse in Scotland I’d like to know about it. Pitlochry and Kilspindie might run Kingussie close but I still think this one’s the most beguiling. Jim McCann
4 / 6
Kingussie
August 03, 2011


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Made a return visit to Kingussie as the last course on a week-long swing through the Highlands. On a fine, still summer evening this was the perfect end to a trip which had seen us battle strong seaside winds at Dornoch and Brora. Kingussie is a most enjoyable and interesting layout with plenty changes in elevation and several fine holes such as 2, 7, 9, and the foxy little 15th. Throw in a couple of good par 4s to finish and you have a very decent golf course. No, it's not Boat of Garten but the views are almost as fine and for the price (using half-price vouchers) this is great value Scottish golf.
4 / 6
Kingussie
July 26, 2011


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I had no great expectations of Kingussie, expecting a typical holiday course like its near neighbours Newtonmore, Carrbridge and Grantown.The reality was a most pleasant surprise - Kingussie is a far better test than any of those. There are a number of interesting, challenging holes and a gem of a par 3 at the 15th. At all times there are magnificent views of the Cairngorms and this is definitely the course to play on your way up the A9. (Excepting Boat of Garten and Spey Valley, obviously!)
4 / 6
Kingussie
September 21, 2009


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Kingussie is nice course but it’s not great. The Cairngorm views are spectacular, especially from the higher parts of the course but expect a bit of a hike to get there! The short (less than 6000 yard) layout requires though rather than the driver, keep it straight and in play and you’ll do OK. Great value and a lovely old clubhouse with fine hearty grub.
4 / 6
Kingussie
December 02, 2006


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Jim McCann
September 04, 2008
I tried to play Kingussie recently but was unable to because a club competetition was being held so played at Newtonmore instead, which I enjoyed. I wonder if you have played both, which do you prefer?
Hugh
September 04, 2008
Haven't yet played Newtonmore but I've heard good reports. May well add it to the itinerary when I next visit the Highlands.