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 we are so close to other distinguished links in the area, such as Royal Dornoch, Castle Stuart, Brora and Nairn.
The course has received accolades such as ‘a gem of a course by the sea’, ‘perhaps the best jewel in the highland golfing crown’ and ‘a unique course with special character to be found nowhere else’. The course is open every day of the year and we welcome golfers from all parts of the globe to play at this fantastic links course.
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. Currently measuring 6085 yards in length this is a course which has played host to a number national championships and will continue to do so for the years ahead. We also have fantastic golf packages where you can play and eat after your round and enjoy the unique, stunning views over the Moray firth and you may even catch a glimpse of our resident bottle-nosed dolphins whilst you are here. The Club has played host to national championships since 2010 and will continue to do so right through until 2018 with the Scottish Boys Under 16's Open Amateur Stroke Play Championship.