Play Away: Boat of Garten

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STUNNING SCENERY is seldom in short supply when visiting the Scottish Highlands but, for golfers, nowhere in the region could be described as more beautiful than the Boat of Garten course, named after an ancient ferry on the river Spey.

Set in the Cairngorms national park, just under eight miles from Grantown, this short, James Braid designed course is a must play, yet strangely gets few visitors from overseas so, apart from on competition and match-days, is rarely busy which simply adds to its charms. Continue reading “Play Away: Boat of Garten”

How green is your green?


NOTHING CAUSES more discussion amongst the golfing fraternity than when debating the quality of courses and players. And whilst the list of the world’s top players is easily identifiable by who has won most in any given year, the compiling of lists of the best golf courses is a far more subjective matter.

How many of us can honestly say that we would put a golf course at number one when the only time we have played it we performed like an idiot? One well-known member of Royal Ashdown Forest has barely a good word to say about the natural splendours of Scotland’s Turnberry links for the very reason that he played it in around 20 shots more than his handicap Continue reading “How green is your green?”