Castle Stuart Golf Links

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  • Architects:
    • Hanse, Gil
    • Parsinen, Mark
  • Holes of Merit:
    2, 3, 9, 11, 16, 18
  • NCG Rank:
    33/100 in GB&I
  • Rank:
    66/100 in the World

At A Glance

Further Reading

Sean Arble's tour of Castle Stuart Golf Links can be found by clicking here

Further Viewing

You can watch No Laying Up's visit to Castle Stuart Golf Links by clicking here

An aerial of the links can be seen by clicking here

The complete story is shown in this 45 minute video

Full Course Review

Castle Stuart Golf Links is one of the finest links in the world. Mark Parsinen likened the course to a theatre with the stage being the Black Isle and landmarks which dot the landscape. The first three holes are situated beside the firth in the 'Orchestra Section', with the latter half of the back nine on the 'Mezzanine.' Holes 10 through 12 are back in the Orchestral Section. From the 13th onwards you work your way back up to the highest seat in the 'Balcony.'

Distinctive Course Features

  • Multiple routes are given on each hole from tee to green on fine, firm turf
  • Landmarks in the shotmaking perspective. For example, Kessock Bridge, Alturlie Point, Chanonry Lighthouse, Fort George and Black Isle all provide framing and backdrops which create a sense of place.
  • Fun golf with wild contours called 'rumples' and wide fairways up to 90 yards!
  • 3rd shot recoveries were designed to be fascinating with bold greenside contours
  • Bunkers are manicured in the playing area.
  • Partially reverted bunkers were used to feel old and have become a hallmark of the course
  • A landscape mosaic was created. In essence, the course was woven into the existing landscape
  • The design is such to keep you engaged... even after a bad shot the focus is on the next rather than searching for it

The Art Deco designed clubhouse is reminiscent of the 1920's and 30's. It contrasts perfectly with the course and is in keeping with the vintage style of golf on offer.

Gil Hanse, Mark Parsinen, Jim Wagner, Chris Haspell all played an integral role in the development of the course. The team which produced Kingsbarns was brought in and accented by additional skilled design-build shapers. Many of the motivators which inspired the design were based on Alister MacKenzie's design ideals.


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