Alness Golf Club
- 5013 Yds
Situated 20 miles north of Inverness, Alness Golf Club is known as one of the Highland’s best-kept secrets.
This is no small accolade for a club based in a region with such a rich golfing heritage.
Indeed, Highland heavyweights like Nairn, Castle Stuart, Nairn Dunbar and Moray lie just down the road.
But even before you have sampled the golfing attractions that Alness has to offer, the striking scenery ensures that the club will live long in the memory.
The course overlooks the pretty Cromarty Firth port and the hills of Easter Ross and the Black Isle, while the new clubhouse, opened in the year 2000, offers views over the town of Alness, a regular winner of the Britain in Bloom award.
Established in 1904, the club has been updated repeatedly in the years since then, most notably in 1997 when the 9-hole layout was extended to 18 holes.
Before you have sampled the golfing attractions that Alness has to offer, the striking scenery ensures that the club will live long in the memory.
What was left was a 5,013-yard parkland track that, despite its lack of length, will challenge even lower handicap players.
The yardage is in part explained by a stern par of 67 and the fact that the course features only one par-five. The 516-yard fifth hole, known as “The Firs”, also happens to be the toughest hole on the course.
Other tests come from the varied collection of par-fours that range between 270 and 400 yards in length. The stroke index two 14th hole has the potential to dent your card, but the chance for redemption comes quickly.
A par-three of just 101-yards comes two holes later and is a very good chance to pick up a shot.
The club has the facilities to accommodate handicapped players, while hotels are available in the town centre for those wishing to stay and play.