Moray (Old)

Moray (Old)

Moray (Old) Golf Club

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Moray Golf Club is a true Scottish gem, and it is one of the northernmost courses on the NCG Top 100 Great Britain & Ireland list, and it is one of the few places where amateurs can follow Old Tom Morris and Sir Henry Cotton.

Moray has two courses, with the Old Course being considered to be one of the best links venues in the country. The Old Tom Morris design is a classic, and it includes seven par-4s that measure more than 400 yards. 

The venue is also the home to the Sir Henry Cotton-designed New Course, which is shorter and tighter, requiring more precision.

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A Brief History of Moray (Old) Golf Club

1889 saw the founding of Moray Golf Club, with the great Old Tom Morris being the man brought in to design the lay-out of what would become the Old Course. He became a frequent visitor to the club over the next few years.

Initially, Morris' design only had 16 holes, but within a year, the course had grown to the 18-hole lay-out that it sits as now.

In the early years of the club, the majority of the membership were distillers, and the whisky trade remains a key part of the club's history, right up to the present day.

1905 saw a 9-hole Ladies Relief course being designed and constructed. Sir Henry Cotton then came in to design what would become the New Course. It opened in 1979, and the New Course incorporated the 9-hole Ladies course in its design.

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Moray features two courses, with the Old Course measuring at just over 6,600 yards. The inward nine is the longer of the two on this par-71 lay-out which was designed by Old Tom Morris.

The Old Course at Moray starts kindly, with a par-4 measuring at just 320 yards, so it could be reachable for the longer hitters. The first par-5 on the course comes next, and gently fades to the left on the most inland part of the property. The 3rd is a dog-leg right par-4 before the first par-3 on the golf course. The 4th green is guarded by three bunkers, and at 191 yards from the back tees, it requires a good strike for you to find the surface.

Three par-4s, all of more than 400 yards in length shortly follow, with the par-3 6th hole, the shortest on the Old Course, sandwiched in between them. The 456-yard 8th is the hardest hole on the course, with four fairway bunkers in the landing zone before a slight dog-leg to the right for your approach to the green. The front nine on the Old at Moray closes with a comfortable 300 yard par-4, one that can yield a red number on the card.

The 10th follows suit, another short par-4 which offers up a birdie opportunity. That is then followed by four consecutive par-4s, all measuring more than 400 yards in length, as the back nine starts to show its teeth. Following that, 15, 16 and 17 all tee off with the sea on your left, with each of the three holes coming slightly inland. Both 16 and 17 dog-leg to the left to turn back towards the coast, with the 17th featuring a double dog-leg, both to the left. The Old Course finishes with the par-4 18th, leading back to the clubhouse.

Where is Moray (Old) Golf Club located?

Moray Golf Club is located in the north of Scotland, four hours north of Edinburgh and Glasgow. Inverness and Aberdeen are the nearest cities, with the former being an hour away from Moray. 

Aberdeen International Airport is the closest airport to Moray, sitting 90 minutes away to the south east. Edinburgh and Glasgow Airports will provide flights to and from more destinations, but are close to 200 miles away by car. 

What are the green fees at Moray (Old) Golf Club?

The standard green fee for the Old Course at Moray Golf Club is £125 through the summer months, with it being as little as £30 through the winter. To play both the Old and the New Courses at Moray in a single day will only set you back an extra £20 on top of the Old Course ticket, costing £145.

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