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Fortrose & Rosemarkie (65)

Fortrose & Rosemarkie

Holes:18       Year:1888          Par: 71    Length: 6.085 yd

Architect:James Braid

Fortrose & Rosemarkie Golf Club is situated on a narrow peninsula named Chanory Point in the Black Isle found up the Highlands of Scotland. There is reference to golf being played at Fortrose from as far back as 1702 but a formal club was only established in 1888 playing over 6 holes. Play was suspended during the first world war when the clubhouse was used as a guardhouse.

The course was extended to 18 holes in 1924 and reshaped by James Braid to the current design. The land was commandeered again during the second world war but all 18 holes were back in use in 1947. Fortrose & Rosemarkie celebrated its 125th anniversary in 2013 and has been called a gem of a course by the sea.The golf course is found on the Chanonry Peninsula in the Black Isle protecting the entrance to Moray Bay and thus offers commanding views across the Moray Firth and back toward the city of Inverness. Fortrose & Rosemarkie Golf Club is located 20 minutes from Inverness City and is directly across the water from Castle Stuart Golf Club  and is only 45 minutes away from Royal Dornoch Golf Club.

Fortrose & Rosemarkie is an 18 hole links course with a par of 71 and a length which measures 5564m from the black tees. The course is renowned for its unique positioning as it is surrounded by sea on three sides. What the course lacks in length is more than makes up for with its small subtle greens, strategic bunkering, dense inland gorse and several blind approaches. Playing to one’s handicap against the wind is difficult.Visitors are welcome to the club seven days subject to availability.

Representatives from Fortrose & Rosemarkie Golf Club recently attended at the Scottish Golf Tourism Awards which were held at the Turnberry Golf Resort towards the end of October 2017. On the night, they were presented (as voted for by the public) with the award for Scotland’s Best Golfing Experience (value for money) in front of over 400 members from the golf industry. The Luxury Travel Guide Lifestyle Awards have also honoured them with the accolade of ‘Golf Club of the Year for Scotland 2018’.

There is documentary evidence of golf being played over ‘Chanonry’ which is now called Fortrose dating back to 1702. It was contained in a letter from a Mr George MacKenzie of Balconie, a cousin of the Earl of Seaforth and provost of Fortrose at that time. Writing to his Edinburgh law agent, he thanks him for sending him a club and golf balls but admits that as a farmer he should not really be playing golf at harvest time. He then excuses himself at succumbing to such sporting pleasure by adding the words ‘Oportet Vivre’ (Life is for living) – a philosophy followed by many golfers to this day!

Playing on one of the finest links golf courses in Scotland is a must for your golfing calendar, especially as this course is so close to other distinguished links in the area, such as Royal Dornoch, Castle Stuart and Nairn. The visions and passion on what is the 15th Oldest Recorded Club in the World (1793) is to provide all visitors who come to the venue with the most memorable round of traditional Scottish links golf possible.

The greens are not just fast but also deceptive, with tight fairways and strategically placed bunkers throughout the course – the trademark of the all-time master of bunkering, James Braid. Whilst the course is playing to its full capacity, members, their guests and any golfers visiting our links can play from ANY of the Tees. The choice is your own so you can of course play from the Yellow, White or the new Black tees which will add to the experience of playing on a true Scottish Links Golf Course.

If you do fancy a game playing from the new Black tees, then you can do so and play the full 6085 Yards that the Fortrose & Rosemarkie Links Golf Course has to offer, along with experiencing the signature 4th hole from the more difficult teeing ground where par is never a bad score!