A Sunday drive up A9 took us around Inverness and up into the true Scottish Highlands to an obscure course called Brora (circa 1891) designed by the storied Scottish golfer James Braid. This is a classic links stretching 9 holes out the strand and 9 holes back in. The naked exposure to the coastline means you get maximum wind effect in nine hole increments.
Batten down the hatches-tattered flag tells you all you need to know about what is ahead
Set against the water and mountains brings back memories of County Sligo and Ben Bulben in Ireland
Headstones tell the story on every tee
Very unusual levered ball washer keeps the Titleist tidy white
Electric fences surround every green to ward off the wandering lawn mowers
This provides the juice…..hands off!
We are talking beef lawn mowers with serious appetites
They even have a cow short game area adjacent to the first tee
And then there are the bahhing sheeps-three bahs is a 3-flap wind
The holes are spendific stretching out on dunes terrain
Par 3 sixth looks like a Skee-Ball lane
The number 5 hole is a serious playing impediment
Plateau….the 16th…requires sherpa help to ascend to the putting surface
The 18th green complex can get you coming and going
Sipping a cold one in the bar with a perch view overlooking the march up the last.
(Click here to follow our trail to Day 3 at Royal Dornoch Golf Club)
For more detail click to see the Brora Golf Club Review