Spey Bay - North East Scotland - Scotland

Spey Bay Golf Club,
Spey Bay,
IV32 7PJ,

  • +44 (0) 1343 820424

  • Dave Barron

  • Ben Sayers

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According to geologist, geographer and golf consultant Robert Price’s book Scotland’s Golf Courses, “a different type of links course is to be found at Spey Bay. An 18-hole course has been laid out on a series of raised, storm-beach ridges which accumulated during periods of higher relative sea level some 6,000 years ago.”

He continues: “The ridges consist of boulders and pebbles and largely coincide with the rough of gorse and heather, whilst the fairways are to be found in the shallow ‘valleys’ between the ridges. Wind direction and strength obviously play an important part in determining the difficulty of this course.”

Ben Sayers, one of the best players to compete in the Open championship and never win it – with twelve top ten finishes in thirty four tournaments – was the man who laid out the course in 1907 when he routed the fairways in an out and back fashion along the Moray coastline. Several holes were lost during the 1980s due to storm damage but most of the original layout remains intact.

The signature hole is still the 138-yard 8th, situated at the most easterly point on the property. Out of bounds extends to the left and beyond this par three hole, with a nasty pot bunker positioned to the front left of an elevated, shallow putting surface. Pray the wind is blowing against when standing on the tee as that’s the best chance of playing a tee shot to hit and hold this treacherous green.
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Description: The distinguished Scottish club maker Ben Sayers originally designed the course at Spey Bay Golf Club and it’s an unsung links layout that is routed over Moray’s undulating shingle banks. Rating: 6.7 out of 10 Reviews: 21
Would not really rate this course, as there are better courses in the area. Since the transfer to a hotel facility the green fees have jumped up over recent years. Better courses that give a greater test lie nearby - Moray (Old) and (New), Buckpool, Elgin, Strahlene Buckie and Hopeman.
January 07, 2007
4 / 10
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David C Barron
February 18, 2008
Get your facts right ,the hotel has always run the course and green fees are very reasonable. It is a classic links as the fairways have not been shaped at all by mechanical means and are virtually as they were laid out by Ben Sayers wading chest high in whins with only a boy to plant flags where he decided to place the greens and tees in 1907.The greens are small and true,the fairways tight and bumpy with hardly a flat lie in the whole course.The turf is short and gives a classic crisp lie that cannot be produced by anything other than the natural bent grasses that grow here.When the wind blows it a challenge to any level of golfer and the course record of 65(par 70)is unlikely to be beaten.