Strathpeffer Spa - North Scotland - Scotland

Strathpeffer Spa Golf Club,
Golf Course Road,
Strathpeffer,
Ross-shire,
IV14 9AS,
Scotland


  • +44 (0) 1997 421219

  • Margaret Spark

  • Tom Morris

  • None

Strathpeffer lies under the watchful guard of Ben Wyvis – meaning 'big green slope' in Gaelic due to its moss covered slopes. A busy Spa centre toward the end of the 19th century, the popularity of Strathpeffer declined sharply over the years but the legacy of those earlier times is a wonderful selection of elegant buildings still standing in the village which are a joy to behold.

The golf club was founded in 1888 and its official title is still Strathpeffer Spa Golf Club. The course on which the members play is located on hills in the Cromartie Estate, just outside the centre of the village. The original course was a nine-hole affair but Tom Morris extended the layout in 1896 to 18 holes. The inward half of the course underwent further changes a few years later but the routing has remained virtually unaltered for over a hundred years.

In 1907, the newly crowned (and first overseas) Open Champion, Arnaud Massy played Alex Herd (the 1902 Open winner) in two challenge matches on the new course. Herd beat Massy in both games by a margin of 5&4 and 4&2. Massy was gracious enough to write to the Strathpeffer secretary from his golf club in Versailles, saying “je certifie que la course est magnifique.”

At only 5,001 yards long with a par of 67, the Strathpeffer course is by no means the longest in Scotland. Additionally, four of the seven par threes are played in sequence from the 3rd to the 6th so this is eccentric golf from the same mould as the Shiskine Golf Club on Arran.

There is water in play at some holes. There are blind tee shots or approach shots to be played at other holes. Pot bunkers are sprinkled around the course and some greens are two-tiered. All in all, Strathpeffer Spa is a charming upland course with only one hole, the 151-yard, par three, 14th called “Target” played on flat ground – you have to be reasonably fit to get up and down the hills here.

One further claim to fame at Strathpeffer is that the opening hole “Castle Leod” – a modest par four of 333 yards – has an elevation change from tee to green that represents one of the deepest drops on any course in Scotland.

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Description: Strathpeffer Spa Golf Club was founded in 1888 and the course is located on hills in the Cromartie Estate, just outside the centre of the village. Rating: 4.5 out of 6 Reviews: 4

I listened to the recommendation of another reviewer and hired a buggy for my round at Strathpeffer Spa – that’s one of the best bits of advice I’ve received in a while as this is mountain golf at its most extreme and walking is almost out of the question. The sequence of four consecutive par threes early in the round are an absolute joy, as are the three short holes between the 10th and 14th. Uneven stances predominate, there are blind shots aplenty and many of the greens are lie of the land affairs; all of which contributes to a very enjoyable, elemental golf experience. And Strathpeffer Spa has certainly whetted my appetite for a wee return visit to Oban’s Glencruitten as I remember playing that very hilly course on the other side of the country with a similar fondness. It’ll be interesting to compare and contrast both layouts within the same year. For the time being, this quirky layout holds sway as offering the most fun you can legally have on a golf course (Shiskine included). Jim McCann
4 / 6
Strathpeffer Spa
April 02, 2014


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On arriving at Strathpeffer my playing companions informed me that they had taken one look at the terrain and decided to hire a buggy. This surprised me as both are confirmed 'walkers' but my partner and I happily did the same. Boy was that a good decision! Strathpeffer vies with Glencruitten at Oban as the hilliest course I have ever played. Unlike Glencruitten, however, Strathpeffer is a sheer (no pun intended) delight. Starting with a lovely opening drive to a green far below, the course rises and falls (ok, mostly rises) with a succession of fun holes until you reach the top of the course at the glorious par 3 10th where the views simply take the breath away. Strathpeffer continues in its enchanting way until the end with another drive from on high. On a highland golf trip of course you must pay homage to the seaside shrines at Dornoch, Brora, Tain and Golspie, but make a wee inland pilgrimage to Strathpeffer. You will not be sorry. Just be sure to hire a buggy.
4 / 6
Strathpeffer Spa
July 25, 2011


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The best blind-shot golf course I've ever played, lots of exercise, wonderful views, and bags of fun!
5 / 6
Strathpeffer Spa
December 29, 2009


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A tough walk is Strathpeffer Spa but it’s well worth it. If you are in the Highlands add it to your itinerary immediately and I guarantee that you’ll come off tingling with enjoyment. The course is both interesting and challenging although it’s not a long track… get your thinking cap on and play within yourself for a decent score this is one of those courses that rewards sensible course management. The scenery is worth the modest green fee alone and the club is one of the friendliest I’ve ever visited (and I’ve been to hundreds). One of my all time favourite gems.
5 / 6
Strathpeffer Spa
November 14, 2006


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