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Strathpeffer Spa Golf Club

A round at Strathpeffer Spa Golf Club starts out with the the highest drop of any hole in Scotland and easily the most dramatic. The fabulous views throughout every hole of this most unusual parkland golf course never let up. But better bring your hiking shoes and Shirpa guide because those dramataic alpine hills and valleys have to be traversed. By the end of the round, you'll have had an aerobic workout in addition to a fine game of golf. But don't expect a golf tour company to suggest playing this golf course. It's much too unusual and out-of-the-way for them.

Breathtaking view down onto the Strathpeffer 7th green
View looking down onto the 7th green

Strathpeffer golf course will delight the independent golf traveler in Scotland

Strathpeffer is one of those golf courses seen mainly by the independent golfer in Scotland. When you travel on your own you can play hidden gems like Strathpeffer in the northern highlands and save big money at the same time. Come to Strathpeffer and you'll understand why travel companies would never think of booking you for a course like this. First of all, few know about it and secondly there's just not enough in it for them. So take a look at these photos, check out their prices when you visit their website listed below, and then dream about playing this golf course.

Same 7th green, during a dark cloud flyover.

Par 3s abound on this layout--there are seven of them--and no par 5s. With the drastic elevation changes on just about every hole, club choice is critical. I live in Florida and there are no hills, so club choice on such hilly venues is always a challenge. This golf course has a somewhat alpine feel with hills galore and lots of trees. Of course, there is the ubiquitous gorse to contend with. The greens are kept in super shape and the club is very friendly, making visitors feel like members.

Taken from the 4th

Exhilerating vista from the 10th tee at Strathpeffer
Spectacular panorama from the 10th tee

I've only visited Strathpeffer and have not played it yet, but I certainly want to. Just taking one look down the first fairway convinced me I must return and give it a go. I think when you see it you'll agree with me--that Strathpeffer looks like a challenge as well as lots and lots of fun. I'm eager to experience it first chance I get.

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Mary-Alice suggests....

What to Do All Day in Strathpeffer

Please refer to Northern Highlands if you are planning to stay in Dornoch that day. But, as always, I suggest you go along and take advantage of the new territory to explore and enjoy. While you're in Strathpeffer it's worth taking time to see the Eagle Stone, carved by the Picts who inhabited the north and east of Scotland during the Dark Ages. Strathpeffer is a spa town, lovely to look at and wallk about in, as the scenery is exhilarating. It's very hilly, so wear your walking shoes.