Castle Stuart (8)
The cornerstone links course enjoys a setting and topography that combine to make the golf experience visually memorable. The golf holes are 18 compositions that place the notable landmarks of the Moray Firth directly into the player’s perspective. Castle Stuart Golf Links. For the holes immediately abutting the sea, the Kessock Bridge, Chanonry Lighthouse, Fort George (home of the Black Watch) and Castle Stuart itself are often seen directly through the shotmaking frame. Atop the ‘old sea cliff’ these same Black Isle landmarks are often presented from towering heights that offer palpably
At Castle Stuart Golf Links, an individual’s play can be approached in many ways. A few overall approaches are to be considered. A golfer can decide to go for the ‘fat part’ of generous fairways, let his tee shot go, and then take on whatever issue he’s left with. Or he can use his eye to read the course to whatever depth his mind and skill set will allow. Meaningful nuances and choices are there to be discovered. The greens, their surrounds, and pin locations at Castle Stuart spawn issues and challenges worthy of tactical consideration on the tee.
Castle Stuart is not a ‘kick it through the uprights’ type of golf course. Its holes can be evaluated tactically from the tee in consideration of the ‘whole’ and approached with that entirety in mind. Greens, surrounds, and pin locations can be seen and evaluated from most tees at Castle Stuart. And when the most salient issues are there to be read as quickly and easily as the simplest of billboards, then this course can ‘talk’ to the golfer – and with further looks, it can even ‘whisper’ intimate details. No map is necessary – just a good eye and an ability to ‘look’, ‘listen’, and to ‘choose’. With whatever approach selected and whatever skill level brought bear, it is best to remember the absorbing fun that is there to be found.
Castle Stuart embraces wide latitude of play off tees. The question is often not about getting the ball in play but rather about finding where advantages can be had. Further, Castle Stuart does not confine seeking advantage solely to the long hitting player. Favourable approach angles into greens can often be found with driving lines and distances that are not likely to appeal to long hitting players.