“Don’t miss this one! Absolutely beautiful course. Forget the yardage, you have to think your way round. Fabulous views of the Cairngorms and watch out for the steam train making regular trips on the nearby Strathspey Steam Railway. We were lucky enough to play the course in Autumn when the trees were a riot of colour. Will definitely do this one again”
Comment by: Ruth Elliott-Smith – October 2021
Just a quick note to say a big thank you for a great weekend!
I hope we weren’t too loud and we all appreciated the friendliness and welcome of the shop, bar and restaurant staff.
You even kept it dry for us! (after the snow in 2019)
Hope to see you all again in 2022!
Comment by: Craig Watson – 17th September 2021
Just a message to say thank you very much for your hospitality on our golf outing.
Really enjoyed the course also. We thoroughly enjoyed our day and will definitely be back some time in the future.
Comment by: Ryan McMeekin – 3rd August 2021
Just a short note to thank you for your wonderful course and hospitality last Friday. We had a wonderful day.
Comment by: Mark Thomson – 3rd August 2021
Just to say we had a fabulous visit to Boat yesterday. It’s a stunning course and we were extremely well looked after. Please thank the Pro and catering teams for their excellent hospitality
Comment by: Mark Bretton – 8th June 2021
Thanks to everyone for a warm welcome and a smashing day. Thoroughly enjoyed it. Bar staff and chef especially very helpful and made the day one to remember
Comment by: Bob Wells – 26th May 2021
Just a quick email to say thank you so much for the wonderful course and welcome from the staff in bar. Scott Ralston 14, each and every one of us had a great day and the course and views are magnificent, Great challenge for all levels. Soup and sandwich and drinks went down well afterwards as well. I have already recommended to fellow golfers and believe some are going to go up in October. Hope to play again next summer.
Comment by: Harry Mills – 26th August 2019
As described more fully in https://www.golfclubatlas.com/forum/index.php/topic,63531.0.html, it is a quirky James Braid course. Framed golf articles in the locker room indicate it was voted the #1 hidden gem course in Scotland as well as #4 among Great Britain’s top 100 Courses under 50L. (It now costs 75L for a visitor). Even though it is inland (in the Cairngorms National Park), it has the rolling, bouncing sandy fairways of a links course. The website hidden links (https://www.hiddenlinksgolf.com/scotland-golf-courses/boat-of-garten-golf-club/ ) claims the turf “rivals the finest seaside links”. From my short tour of courses, I would agree. I am curious why there is sandy ground in the middle of Scotland. There are a couple of blind shots and lots of up and down and twists and turns on the course. I was glad to have a rented an electric trolley. It definitely has the feel of an old time course. On the 12th, one hits from a very elevated tee down to a narrow fairway with a view of the mountains in the distance. The 15th hole has a huge gully just where a drive would go so unless one is a long hitter, one is advised to lay up at 160 yards and then make a second shot of equal length in. I hit a 5 wood in, my best shot of the day, and got birdie there. From the 17th tee, one has a view down on the Spey river. The 18th is a 435 yd par 4 dogleg right to an elevated green; more ratings – my host told me this hole has been picked as one of the top 18 holes in Scotland by a well known TV golf analyst.
I can imagine there are great views of the nearby mountains; I played on a misty, rainy day so could not see much of them. In the fall, the colors of the trees would be spectacular. I did see and hear the charming vintage steam train that runs alongside the course.
Perhaps because the course does not get much international traffic, they were particularly welcoming. They set up me up to play with one of their club captains who was a most genial host, helping me track down my lost shots in the rough, guiding me around the course and treating me to lunch. I was impressed by their recently renovated bar and restaurant and the modern locker room (better than all but Castle Stuart). Although it was hard to tear myself away from the seaside courses, I was very glad to have made the visit to Boat of Garten and its old timey Baird course.