This club is famous for… being the most westerly course on the UK mainland
Traigh – it’s pronounced as ‘try’ – means beach in Gaelic but while the sandy coastal path is certainly something to savour, it’s not the reason this Scottish course makes our famous list.
Found just north of Arisaig, in Inverness-shire, this nine-hole layout has existed in some form or another since around 1900 but was redesigned much later by John Salvesen, a former captain of the R&A.
Jimmy MacDonald, the master greenkeeper at Royal Lytham & Annes, also helped advise on the rerouting and the greens.
Pictures don’t really do Traigh justice. One report described it as “probably the most beautifully sited nine-hole golf course in the world”.
The course is dominated by a line of grassy hills – that were once sand dunes – that rise as high as 70 feet into the air.
You largely play from one summit to the next, traversing ocean bound par 3s and holes made deceptively long by the prevailing wind and undulations, before the round climaxes with the spectacular Cuillins of Skye on the horizon.
At just over 2,400 yards, it’s short enough to give the higher handicappers an opportunity but also rewards good strikes with decent scores.
So what is it famous for? Well not just the bright white clubhouse, which looks suspiciously like it could also double up as someone’s house.
Traigh is the most westerly course on the UK mainland. If you tried to play golf any further in that direction, you’d end up in the sea.
It’s quite fitting, really, that a course so beautiful – looking out as it does over the Hebridean islands of Muck, Eigg, Rum and Skye – should form the finishing point for golf on the mainland.
If you haven’t played a shot at the end of the Road to the Isles, you really are missing out.