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Inverness is the economic and administrative capital of the Highlands of Scotland. The city is one of Europe’s fastest growing and ranks fifth out of 189 British cities for quality of life, the highest of any Scottish city. In recent years Inverness has become a vibrant and successful centre for commerce, tourism and for golf.
The prominence of Inverness owes much to its role as a communications hub for the Highlands. Placed at the head of the Great Glen, Inverness lies astride the principal route to the Northern Highlands. The main roads of northern Scotland, from Perth, Aberdeen and Fort William all converge on Inverness, as do its railways. But it is probably Inverness Airport, and the availability of cheap flights from many cities in the UK and Europe, which have had the biggest impact on the growth of tourism and increasing popularity of Inverness golf clubs.
Sadly, the County of Inverness (aka Inverness-shire or just plain Inverness) no longer exists, at least not in any formal sense. The County of Inverness was formerly the largest county in Scotland, comprised of a substantial part of the Highlands together with sections of both Inner and Outer Hebrides. From a series of governmental reorganisations between 1974 and 1996 Inverness as a ‘County’ emerged as an informal administrative unit within the new Highland Council Area.
Thus the term ‘Inverness golf’, rather like ‘Speyside whisky’ or ‘Spey Valley golf’, is perhaps best understood as a marketing concept - somewhat ill-defined but useful enough for all that. Certainly, there is no reason why such ambiguity should detract in any way from the sheer joy of playing at an Inverness golf club in the magnificent Scottish Highlands.
As is well known, the game of golf has been played in Scotland for more than 500 years. There are said to be 46 golf courses in the Scottish Highlands, most of which could be described as an Inverness golf course. Many of these courses are within easy reach of the City of Inverness; more than 20 Inverness golf courses are within 30 miles of the city.
Classic features of Inverness Golf include:
- Dramatic landscapes and seascapes
- Superb quality of green-keeping
- Modest green fees
- Uncrowded courses
- Among the world’s finest golf experiences
Any Inverness golf course can be simply grouped by location – it's either seaside or inland. In their very different ways seaside links courses and inland highland courses offer dramatic settings and most offer top quality golf. The design of courses and quality of green-keeping are excellent. Most Inverness golf clubs were established many decades or indeed centuries ago using the natural character and contours of the land and this accounts for the wonderful and varied character of so many Highland golf courses. And, as much of the Highlands is relatively thinly populated, most Inverness golf courses are uncrowded and there is easy access to tee times, modest levels of green fees, and space at the bar.
So there you have it - inland or links, it’s all a matter of taste and choice. Inland courses tend to be less blustery than seaside links but traditional Scottish links are a big draw to visitors, especially from abroad. Newtonmore Golf Club is somewhat unusual for an Inverness golf club in being inland with links on the flood plain of the River Spey – it’s a very beautiful course and it still provides winter grazing for local sheep.
It was the influx of summer visitors to the Highlands following the building of the railways in the late 1800s which led to the establishment of such a splendid array of local golf clubs. Amazingly, Newtonmore still has its railway station, with direct journeys from London too. Nowadays visitors are much more likely to arrive by car. For this purpose Newtonmore is well positioned in the Central Highlands off the A9 south of Inverness where it is ideally suited for those driving up from the south and equally suited for those flying in to Inverness and hiring a car there.
Visitors to Newtonmore Golf Club are very welcome to enter our open golf competitions and golf week. It is also worth noting that our green fees and weekly tickets are very reasonably priced. And choices of local accommodation are excellent too, as indeed are our course reviews. For more information please see our course guide or call 01540 673878.