Spey Valley Golf Course

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  • Architect:
    • Thomas, Dave
  • Holes of Merit:
    6, 7


A hallmark of the course is the 635 yard 5th, purported to be the longest hole in Scotland.

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Golf Course Review

Spey Valley Golf Course is located in the town of Aviemore on the banks of the River Spey at the Macdonald Aviemore Resort. The moorland setting featuring heather, fine grasses and the backdrop of the Cairngorms offers a spectacular location for golf. The routing brings you out alongside the river before meandering back through the ancient Caledonian Pine forest and two lochs.

The other inland golf course nearby is Boat of Garten Golf Club, just a few miles up the river. You will be hard-pressed to find another 36 holes of golf inland in Scotland that rivals the quality and beauty of the ones on offer. A point of difference between the two is the undulating fairways. A modern course, heavy equipment was used in its construction which removed the humps, bumps and hillocks which characterise The Boat nearby. What is not modern is the traditional greenkeeping methods used to keep with course firm and fast.

Spey Valley Golf Course has been called Dave Thomas' masterpiece. Known for raised tees, quirk and 'tongued bunkers' you won't be disappointed by his work here. Built to host professional tournaments and cater to visitors of the resort, it rewards the aerial approach as opposed to the ground game found on seaside links. It is a fine destination for those who want a change of scenery and coupled with The Boat, makes for one of the finest and varied 36 holes of inland golf in Scotland.

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