Expectations for me were high prior to the visit and I was not disappointed - I like this course a lot. The Spey Valley area with the abundance of heather and being within the Cairngorms National Park is just a beautiful place to be, let alone play golf. A little less than stunning first hole but from then on, this is a brilliant example of a great design in fabulous surroundings. So many holes that are tree lined and have heather borders are just a joy to play. Spey Valley is one of the great new courses of GB&I in recent years – I would highly recommend a trip to also include nearby Boat of Garten. 2009 will see the completion of clubhouse (the plans look great) – some are comparing Spey to the 2014 Ryder Cup choice; the PGA Centenary at Gleneagles– I would definitely say Spey Valley has the edge.
Date: September 20, 2008