Located on the Chanonry Peninsula in the “Black Isle”, our Scottish Links Golf Course enjoys breath-taking views over the Moray Firth, very close to the City of Inverness (20 minutes from the City Centre). Our historic links golf course is also the 15th Oldest Recorded Club in the World (1793). The course was later re-designed by the five-time Open Champion James Braid in 1932.
There is documentary evidence of golf being played over “Chanonry”, which is now called Fortrose, dating back to 1702. It was contained in a letter from a Mr. George MacKenzie of Balconie, a cousin of the Earl of Seaforth and provost of Fortrose at that time. Writing to his Edinburgh law agent, he thanks him for sending him a club and golf balls but admits that, as a farmer, he should not really be playing golf at harvest time. He then excuses himself at succumbing to such sporting pleasure by adding the words “Oportet Vivre” (“Life is for Living”) – a philosophy followed by many golfers to this day!
Playing on one of the finest links golf courses in Scotland is a must for your golfing calendar, especially as we are so close to other distinguished links in the area such as Royal Dornoch, Castle Stuart, and Nairn. Our passion on what is the 15th Oldest Recorded Club in the World (1793) is to provide all visitors who come to our venue with the most memorable round of traditional Scottish links golf possible.
Representatives from Fortrose and Rosemarkie Golf Club recently attended the Scottish Golf Tourism Awards, which were held at the Turnberry Golf Resort towards the end of October 2017. On that night, we were presented (as voted for by the public) with the award of Scotland’s Best Golfing Experience (value for money) in front of over 400 members from the golf industry. The Luxury Travel Guide Lifestyle Awards have also honoured us with the accolade of “Golf Club of the Year for Scotland 2018”. Fortrose and Rosemarkie Golf Links will also play host to the Scottish Boys Under 16’s Open Championship (9-12 July 2018) this season, which will bring together the best golfing talent from the UK, Europe, and beyond to test their game where, if the wind blows, the course will play as tough as you will find anywhere in the UK!
The greens are not just fast but also deceptive, with tight fairways and strategically placed bunkers throughout the course – the trademark of the all-time master of bunkering, James Braid. Whilst the course is playing to its full capacity, members, their guests, and any golfers visiting our links, can play from ANY of our tees. The choice is your own, so you can of course play from the Yellow, White or the new Black tees, which will add to the experience of playing on a true Scottish Links Golf Course. Ladies are advised to play from the Red tees. Visiting golfers with a higher handicap are advised to play from the Yellow or White tees.
If you do fancy a game playing from the new Black tees, then you can do so and play the full 6085 yards that the Fortrose and Rosemarkie Links Golf Course has to offer, along with experiencing the signature 4th hole from the more difficult teeing ground where par is never a bad score!