Walk in Old Tom Morris’s footsteps on a quintessentially traditional seaside links

A trip to Moray is a genuine golfing history lesson in how game was played back in the late 19th century.

The flagship Old Course at Moray has barely changed in the near-century-and-a-quarter since it was designed by none other than Old Tom Morris.

And why should it? The course is simply the result of the natural undulations of the land coupled with Old Tom’s eye for routing.


The Old Course was laid out in 1889 by Old Tom Morris, who became a frequent visitor and played a number of exhibition matches in the early years.

A second course, named the New, was designed by Sir Henry Cotton and opened for play in 1979.

Why it’s special

This classic Old Tom Morris design features deep bunkers, gorse-lined fairways and fast greens.

Expect the occasional blind shot and at the very least a sporting breeze. But the real test at Moray, as at so many courses of this vintage, comes not from the tee but when you get much closer to the greens.

Blessed with several distinctive holes, the 18th still stands out. This all-time par 4 was once voted the second-best finishing hole in Scotland and it’s easy to see why.

The tee shot must avoid sand to set up a heroic approach to a green set well above the level of the fairway. Behind it sits Moray’s iconic clubhouse.

Where does it rank?

It’s 1st in Moray, 25th in Scotland and 89th in GB&I, according to NCG Top 100s.

Where is it?

On the shores of the Moray Firth, in one of the UK’s driest climates, sits Moray Golf Club at Lossiemouth.

Get in touch

For more information about the club and course, visit the club website or call 01343 812018.