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The New “Must-Play” Course for Scotland Golf Vacations


<center>"Unforgettable" seaside holes at Castle Stuart Links will soon be playable on your Scotland golf vacations.</center>

"Unforgettable" seaside holes at Castle Stuart Links will soon be playable on your Scotland golf vacations.

In just 75 days, those taking Scotland golf vacations will be able to play what the editors of Golf Odyssey recently called, “the most important golf course opening in Great Britain and Ireland — and arguably the world — during 2009.”

Castle Stuart Links, named for the 17th-century castle that is only a 10-minute walk from the first tee, is the work of two Americans, Mark Parsinen and Gil Hanse, both of whom have notable courses in their design portfolios.  scotland-golf-vacations-castle-stuart-map

To play Castle Stuart Links, you’ll have to travel to the Highlands on your Scotland golf vacation, but boy, will it be worth it. The course sports an overall elevation change of 130 feet, the routing twists, turns, climbs, and dives around and over a rich assortment of landforms (mesas, dunes, knobs, undulations), and all six of its seaside holes are beauties; a few are downright unforgettable.

Said the editors:

“We expect the links will be spoken of in the same breath as such iconic Scottish layouts as North Berwick, Royal Dornoch, Ailsa, Kingsbarns, Prestwick, Cruden Bay, and Machrihanish-all of them bastions of true links golf, where run of ball over the rumpled terrain enriches the round-and our memory of it-enormously.”

Castle Stuart Links’ formal opening is July 13. You can read Golf Odyssey’s full, unbiased review, which includes more amazing photos and recommendations on other places to play and stay while taking a Scotland golf vacation to the Highlands, just by taking a free trial to Golf Odyssey. You’ll also get instant access to Golf Odyssey’s back-issue archive, where you can get the inside scoop on any of the golf vacation destinations you’re considering.

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  1. Duncan

    July 20, 2009 at 9:24 pm

    Although I stay in North East Scotland I had not heard about it; so info is useful. However, mentioning nearby town or even village would have been helpful.

  2. Jim M.

    July 20, 2009 at 9:25 pm

    Why is it that Green Fees are hard to find in these tips?

  3. Sue M.

    July 20, 2009 at 9:25 pm

    Duncan – Castle Stuart Links is midway between Nairn and Inverness. Hope this helps. Sue Mac

  4. Craig B.

    July 20, 2009 at 9:26 pm

    Sorry for the omissions, folks. Castle Stuart’s mailing address is Inverness, but as Sue points out, it’s physical location in between Inverness and Nairn. As for green fees, we often don’t publish them here because they change so frequently. However, as of March ’09, the green fee at Castle Stuart was L130 ($188). Caddie fee was L35 ($51).

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