Traigh Golf Club
- 4912 Yds
“Probably the most beautifully sited nine-hole golf course in the world…” (The Scotsman newspaper)
Traigh Golf Course is the most Westerly golf course on the UK mainland.
Traigh (pronounced ‘try’) means ‘beach’ in Gaelic, and a series of sandy beaches run alongside the course, with stunning views to the Inner Hebridean islands of Eigg and Rum, and the Cuillins of Skye.
The course is based on a line of grassy hills, with the springy turf of a true links course. It is a nine-hole, Par 68, SSS 65.
Traigh is a subtle course that rewards accurate shot-making. Good payers are made to work for their scores, and yet high handicappers are given every chance. In short, Traigh offers something for everyone.
Maintained to the highest standard, Traigh presents the golfer with all the traditional challenges of a classic seaside links.
Visitors are always welcome. Clubs are available for hire and the clubhouse also sells, balls, tees, gloves and clothing. Tea, coffee and snacks are also sold in the clubhouse.
Advance booking is only required for larger parties. Fees should be paid at the clubhouse, or if it is closed please put in the honesty box.
The History of Golf at Traigh
Golf has been played at Traigh since about 1900, but it was originally a private course. Golfers had to share he ground with dairy cows until the 1990’s, and the cows were kept off the greens with fencing wire. This all changed in 1993 when the owner and golf enthusiast, Jack Shaw Stewart, invited well-known Scottish golf architect, John Salvesen, to redesign the course. John had been Captain of the Royal and Ancient Golf Course of St.Andrews, and Chairman of the Championship Committee (responsible for The Open). He designed and improved courses all over Britain and abroad, but he was especially proud of his work on the spectacular nine-hole course at Traigh.
John used the natural contours of the hills that rise up from the beach (originally sand dunes) to create a ‘fair challenge to all levels of golfer – but a course that is great fun to play on, so that one wants to play it again’.
During the rebuilding of the course invaluable help and advice was provided by Jimmy MacDonald M.B.E. who was Head Greenkeeper at Royal Lytham & St.Annes. Jimmy was a native of Arisaig and knew the ground well.
For the Family
The beaches around Traigh offer a natural playground for all the family. More beaches lie north and south, including the famous Silver Sands of Morar. The whole district is a paradise for bird watching, walking and exploring.
Arisaig, Morar and Mallaig all have hotels and there are a good array of shops. Mallaig is a busy fishing port and there is a ferry crossing to Skye. You can cross to Eigg and the Small Isles from Arisaig and Loch Morar offers fresh water fishing.