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Castle Stuart

Location - about one third of the way travelling from Inverness to Nairn.

This links should be on everyone's playlist notwithstanding that it is a little on the expensive side.  It is very user friendly with fairly generous fairways and rough that is, for the most part, not too thick.

The course is beautifully conditioned as are the greens although they were a little slower than they looked.  With nearly every hole featuring a gorgeous sea view it is perhaps a little difficult to be objective about the architectural merits of the layout.  For me a feature of the course is the number of fun shots into the greens that are well bunkered and often right beside the sea (for example the 2nd, 3rd,  5th  and 10th greens).

The front nine is more straight-forward and is definitely the easier of the two.

Playing from the middle set of tees I was just one over the card after 11 holes but from there on there are more demanding tee shots where lack of local knowledge can bring you unstuck.

The long par 3, 17th is a real challenge with danger lurking all along the right side beside the cliff edge. Enjoy the view from the back tee at the 18th. Treat this par 5 with caution by staying on the fairway and playing the hole as a dog-leg right.

See photos -  5th green Castle Stuart

                 - 9th green and clubhouse, Castle Stuart

                 - 10th hole Castle Stuart



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