No trip to the Highlands is complete without sampling one of the most beautiful golf courses you’ll ever see...
When it comes to golf in the Scottish Highlands, Boat of Garten should be first on every visitor's itinerary. Designed by one of the grand-masters of golf course architecture, James Braid (1870-1950), “The Boat” is set alongside the River Spey in the heart of the Cairngorms National Park, only 10 minutes drive from the bustling village of Aviemore. The course is not only renowned as a demanding test of sporting skill but also as a magnificent setting for the game. Braid’s design features 18 completely individual holes, cleverly and sensitively shaped fairways lined by birch trees, heather and broom, maximising the natural landscape and producing a beautiful and challenging course. Follow this link to hiddenlinks.com for a short video which captures some of the spirit of the Course.
Although difficult to choose from several great holes, the 6th (The Avenue) is often regarded as the course’s “signature” hole. A good drive down the narrow tree-lined dogleg fairway leaves a mid-iron approach shot to the plateau green, which is guarded by bunkers to the left and right. As on every hole at Boat of Garten, accuracy is rewarded but beware the wayward driver!
The Boat has been dubbed “the Gleneagles of the North” and has won several awards in recent years including Scotland's No.1 Hidden Gem. In 2012 National Club Golfer rated Boat of Garten 4th in the UK for Clubs with a green fee below £50, followed in 2013 by a rating of 34th in the UK for courses below £100! In 2014 Today's Golfer ranked the course in Scotland’s top 35 courses and most recently, at the Scottish Golf Tourism Awards in late 2014, Boat of Garten won the award for the Best Course Under £50.
Another short video from go-golf.tv shows the Course in the Spring
..a fabulous test of golf that is as challenging as it is beguiling.
Ever popular with visitors from both home and abroad, the Course has become firmly established as a “must” for golfers, whether enjoying a golfing tour of the Highlands or just playing one or two rounds in the North of Scotland.
The attractive surroundings of the Cairngorm mountains, with such distinctive features as the Lairig Ghru and the northern corries of Braeriach, provide a wonderful backdrop to this unique course.
The Clubhouse offers a warm and friendly welcome and a high standard of catering to the visitor. The Club’s PGA Professional, Ross Harrower, not only provides tuition but also keeps a well-stocked golf shop offering golf equipment and clothing, plus club repairs, club hire and occasionally a tip or two on how to play the course! Two tennis courts, recently refurbished and well-maintained, are available for those members and visitors looking for an alternative to golf.