Originally opened as a nine-hole course, Hopeman was extended to the full 18 in 1985.
Now measuring 5,624 yards, the par-68 layout has become known as one of the most demanding links courses in the north of Scotland, featuring guarded greens and fairways as well as water hazards.
Several of these traps feature on the sixth hole – the toughest on the course. Featuring a left-to-right dogleg fairway and a new water hazard right in front of the tee, the 379-yard par-four more than justifies its stroke index of one.
To make matters trickier, the fairway is protected by out of bounds and bunkers, while the green is also heavily guarded.
Hopeman has become known as one of the most demanding links courses in the north of Scotland, featuring guarded greens and fairways as well as water hazards
If your round came to grief at the sixth, then the signature 12th will provide ample distraction. The green sits roughly 100 feet below the tee on the 150-yard par-three, and is also protected by bunkers and rough.
It also offers spectacular views over the Moray Firth, where on a clear day you can see the local dolphins playing. No wonder former Open champion Paul Lawrie proclaimed it “one of the best par-threes I have ever played”.
These attractions can be enjoyed at a more than reasonable cost. A weekday round will set you back £24, while a twilight round costs just £16.
Away from the course, the club boasts a welcoming clubhouse with excellent bar and catering facilities. The club also lies close to a number of picturesque sandy beaches.
The course is situated between Aberdeen and Inverness and is easily accessible via the A96.