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Founded: 1891
Designer: James Braid
Championship Length: 6,110 yards
PAR: 69
SSS (Course Rating): 69
Type: Links
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Who this course is best for:

A golfer in the North of Scotland, likely playing Royal Dornoch who would like to play Old World links golf where you could find yourself sharing the course with sheep. Also would appeal to a golfer not too concerned with rankings but more so with personality.


Yet another Scottish golf links with roots in the 19th century, Brora Golf Club was established in 1891. Renowned golf course architect and five time Open Championship champion James Braid redesigned the course in 1923, and though Braid’s most famous work was probably completed at Gleneagles, the course created at Brora stands shoulder to shoulder with the very best.

Located in the Scottish Highlands approximately one hour north of Inverness, Brora Golf Club’s par 69 layout has withstood the test of time and represents a fair and challenging test of the skills of links golf. Working with a property apparently untouched since the influence of glaciers, James Braid worked wonders with the 144 acres at his disposal, and the dunes, swings, borrows and surrounding beauty of Brora will truly gladden the heart.

Brora Golf Club presents all the attributes of a traditional Highland links course. With a classic out and back layout, the golfer must adapt his game and manufacture the shots that are required as the wind speed and direction change. As with most seaside links, there are some very special places throughout that appear totally unspoiled by the influence of man.

From the panorama of seascape and surrounding landscape on the 2nd tee to the sounds of sea spray on the 9th, the golfer finds himself almost constantly distracted from the task of putting a good score together. Two of the finest holes at Brora include the 17th and 18th, a demanding par 4 and long par 3, respectively. From an elevated tee, taking your line as the lighthouse, the penultimate hole represents as fine a driving hole as can be found anywhere while the last, a par 3 of over 200 yards, provides a fitting finish.

Course review content courtesy of Golf Publisher Syndications

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