‘I often hear you guys on the podcast talk about sticking to one destination instead of attempting too much driving and not enough golf.’ Never has a podcast listener’s feedback rang truer after I spent a weekend in Scotland’s forgotten golf region, Moray
Nestled between The Highlands and Aberdeen in the northeast the region of Moray is world famous for the 50 or so Speyside Whisky distilleries which dot the fertile countryside. Not only does the average golfer bypass some truly exceptional golf experiences but they then have the audacity to drive through the heart of it, oblivious to what lies in wait! With that here are three reasons why you should visit Moray, all of which are criteria crucial to any great Scottish golf trip.
1. A Great Golf Town
Regular listeners to the podcast will have heard me stress the importance of submerging yourself in the unique golfing culture found in great golf towns like North Berwick, Dornoch and St.Andrew. Home to the Tom Morris designed Moray Old Course in the heart of the town, add Lossiemouth to that list. The only genuine ‘trophy course’ in the region the club of Moray is steeped in history most notably of which fosters from it’s close affinity with the region’s whisky industry. The large town every July plays host to the always over subscribed Moray 5-Day Open where the best local amateurs (some bad ones too, myself included) enjoy 5 days of golf for just £100. Eveer evening locals file from the high street which flanks the 18th fairway and gather around the amphitheatre 18th green set below the clubhouse as the sun sets behind the lighthouse.
2. Concentration of Courses Drive less, golf more, it’s hardly ground breaking but by basing yourself in one region you will inevitably find yourself playing more golf. From the town of Lossiemouth you will have a number of desirable links golf experiences within a short drive which include the Old & New courses at Moray, Hopeman, Covesea, Buckpool and Spey Bay. On my recent visit I could play twilight golf at Moray from £40 with the other afore mentioned courses costing no more than £30. Then factor in that the region is flanked by the inland Mackenzie designed Duff House Royal to the south and east and the notable names of Nairn and Castle Stuart to the north.
3. Favourable Micro Climate The Moray Firth offers tranquil waters away from the often turbulent northsea as it cuts inland towards Inverness. Here to the east of the Cairngorm National Park and the Scottish Highlands the region can pride itself on having more warm and sunny days than any other part of Scotland. Needless to say the fescue greens are some of the best in the country.
I thought a fishing analogy would be an apt conclusion about a region and coastline home to dozens of small fishing communities.
Does a good fisherman hurriedly float around in his trawler, dragging his empty net in search for his perfect catch or does he cannily take his time and drop anchor?
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