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Bonar Bridge Ardgay

Bonar Bridge is an example of what it means to be an independent golfer traveling in Scotland ... a great price at a fun little golf course most visitors never heard of and will never see.

Bonar Bridge #3 looking from green down to tee
The views to Loch Migdale and the distant hills are your constant reminder to relax into your game.

Bring your camera as well as your clubs

Any golf course located so close to the Royal Dornoch Golf Club will suffer in comparison to that great jewel. In fact, I would choose to play a number of courses within 30 miles before playing Bonar Bridge -- courses likeTain and Golspie and Brora, for example. But having said that, I must also say I really enjoyed playing Bonar Bridge. It's not another links course in a land of great links courses, but a 9-hole heathland layout that weaves in and out of woods and hills and dales and lochs. Surrounded by the stillness of nature, the only sounds are the haunting call of an occasional cuckoo bird, the wind in the trees, the swish of a golf club and crack of a ball. This, together with buzzards and osprey winging thru the tall pines and mist-covered hills in the background creates an almost magical experience that relaxes the body and refreshes the soul. Playing Bonar Bridge was an experience I thoroughly enjoyed. And price-wise, this has to be one of the best bargains in Scotland.

Overlooking 4th green at Bonar Bridge
Most of the greens are not this generous, but all are beautifully pampered--as is the entire golf course--so your putts will run true.

Bonar Bridge is an ideal course to play if you haven't had enough golf for a day and are looking for a second play or if you want to share a round with a high-handicapper who is intimidated by Royal Dornoch. It may seem short at 5,600 yards but with a par of 68 (SSS 65) the average fairway stroke distance (AFSD) is a respectable 175 yards. That's only 7 yards per shot less than the Old Course at St. Andrews, which has an AFSD of 182 yards. And if it weren't for three short par 3s, the average would be much higher. Speaking of the par 3s, they are wonderful little holes, the last one of which plays downhill to a green with a pond lurking behind it patiently waiting for the unfortunate golfer who chooses too much club. There's also a 500 yard dogleg that's as good as any hole in the area. You'll look forward to playing it again on the "back 9."

Bonar Bridge looking down 5th fairway to tee
That's the fifth tee down below. If you don't hit to the turn on your drive, you can't see the green and so have little hope of getting on in two on this challenging par 5.

Scenic path at Bonar Bridge, Scotland Bonar Bridge ladder to help you locate your ball OB
Scenic woodland paths lead to several of the holes. This one heads for #3. 9th fairway ladder to help you locate your ball if it goes out of bounds.

Sixth green at Bonar Bridge Ardgay
A contrast to the local links layouts, Bonar Bridge will give you a nice change of scenery and pace. And it's always kept in great condition.

With the gorgeous scenery, the whispers of wildlife and wind, the wonderfully manicured golf course, and the deceptively challenging holes, golf at Bonar Bridge is a good walk...made even better.

Bonar Bridge friendly clubhouse
The modest clubhouse offers a nice opportunity to have some soup & sandwiches--at a very reasonable price--and talk about all the putts you should have made.

Bona Bridge Ardgay Golf Club has no website, so use the following info...
Address = Market Stance - Migdale Rd., Bonar Bridge, Sutherland IV24 3EJ , Scotland
Clubhouse Telephone: (0) 1863 766199
Secretary telephone: (0) 1863 766750


Mary-Alice suggests ...
What to Do All Day - I recommend walking this lovely 9-hole golf course with your partner, as I did with Richard. It's an easy and exceptionally beautiful walk. Otherwise, see Northern Highlands