Traditional links course re-designed by James Braid in 1923.
Brora Golf Club was established in 1891 and the Club recently
celebrated its Centenary. In 1923 James Braid, five times Open
Champion and a prolific designer of golf courses, the most famous
of which is Gleneagles, visited the course and redesigned the 18
hole layout which has stood the passing of time and remains a fair
and challenging test of true links golf. Brora presents all the
attributes of the Scottish seaside links, there is bent and gorse -
often in full bloom for Golf Week - Juniper and Thyme in profusion.
The layout is classic: an easy opening hole, a short hole facing
each cardinal point of the compass, a hole you can't reach in two
shots (at least not till there has been tuition from Brian
Anderson) and the last green under the clubhouse window. The course
will ensure that you use every club in the bag, and that you will
have to adapt and manufacture according to whether the course is
running fast or slow. The greens are renowned for their texture.
The ball runs true on the seaside fescue. While pin placements are
generous there are lovely swingy borrows on virtually every green.
The sand is local and light, aiding recovery, the bunkers strategic
but fair. As with all seaside links there are special places, the
panorama of seascape and landscape from the second tee, the
proximity of the sea to the 9th green, should there be time to
bathe your feet. The 13th, is one of the jewels in Braid's crown.
Tarbatness, the 17th, so called because of the lighthouse which
gives the line. With the elevated tee, this is one of the best
driving holes in all Scotland. The rough is negligible in order to
facilitate play, you ought to return home with all the golf balls
you brought! Overall the golf course is a holiday treat, the
clubhouse modern and comfortable, the catering excellent.