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.
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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