The Cairngorm National Park is an area covering the Cairngorm Mountains and surrounding area. The Cairngorms are the UK's highest and most massive mountain range and the area us home to native forests, spectacular clean rivers, lochs, moorland and farmland. It is also home to some spectacularly scenic golf courses.
The Spey Valley is a majour tourist area and when not golfing, you can explore the Malt Whisky Trail, view the ospreys at nearby Loch Garten, fish in the River Spey, walk in the hills or if you are not feeling quite so energetic, take the funicular cable car to the top of the mountains for a spectacular view !
Notable courses in the area include the new MacDonald Spey
Valley Championship Golf Course and Resort at Aviemore.
The Spey Valley Golf Course, which is an inland course,
sculpted from heathland, was opened for play in 2006. The
course was designed by Dave Thomas and the first player to
tee off at the Spey Valley course was Former Open Champion
Sandy Lyle !
Another excellent course to add to your itinerary is the Boat of Garten Golf Course (pictured above) which was designed by James Braid and is set along the banks of the River Spey. The "Boat" has been dubbed “the Gleneagles of the North” and has also been voted Scotland’s No.1 Hidden Gem by readers of the scottish golf magazine "Bunkered". The White tees and Yellow tees have distances of 5876 yds (5373 m) and 5648 yds (5164 m) with a Par of 70 and the Women's red tees are 5148 yds (4707 m), Par 72. Boat of Garten Golf Club also has two tennis courts for hire. And in Boat of Garten itself you will find the excellent Boat Hotel as well as a restaurant in the villlage. There is also a cycle hire shop and some lovely off road cycle routes are possible from the village. And finally why not take a ride in a Steam Train between Aviemore and Boat of Garten on the Strathspey Steam Railway !
Other courses worth a visit include Carrbridge, Dufftown and Kingussie (founded in 1891) (and pronouced King-you-see), the latter being unusual as having so many left handed members, owing to the popularity locally of Scotland's other national sport - Shinty ! In Shinty the club is held in the left hand and it is rather like a mixture between golf and football but is a lot more dangerous than either - a game only for true highlanders !!!
Another course worth a visit is the Grantown-on-Spey Golf Club which was established in 1890. This 5710 yard course has a par of 70 (SSS 68) and was developed over the early part of the century by A.C. Brown, Willie Park and James Braid.
Another lovely course is Abernethy Golf Club which can be found near Nethybridge. Nethybridge itself has the Nethybridge Hotel which is a nice large hotel to use as a base for a holiday in this area.
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