Close up of a golf ball on the green at a golf course
Close up of a golf ball on the green at a golf course

Sutherland - Durness Golf Club

A hidden gem of Scottish golf

If your idea of a perfect golf course round includes turquoise ocean, rugged coastline, barren moorland and unspoilt beaches, then Durness Golf Club is the course you've been looking for.

Durness is the most North Westerly Course in mainland Britain and is recognised as one of the true hidden gems of Scottish golf, featuring on many a must-play list of golfers who’ve read about the beauty of this compact 9-hole, 18 tee links layout.

Designed by three local golf enthusiasts – Lachie Ross, Ian Morrison and Francis Keith – and opened in 1988, Durness Golf Club nestles on Scotland’s rugged north coast.

The course was laid out on land overlooking Balnakeil Bay and they configured the layout in such a way, with nine greens and eighteen tees, that an 18-hole round can be played quite comfortably.

The 6th/15th is the only par five and it’s a wonderful long hole, sweeping right around Loch Lanlish to the green. Fabulous though this hole is, the par three 9th /18th hole trumps it, as it calls for a tee shot to be played across a sea inlet to a small sand-protected green on the other side.

Despite being fairly short at 5555 yards, the course asks big things of all levels of golfer with several strategically placed natural hazards and other cleverly man-made ones.