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Boat of Garten, often referred to as The Boat, looks as if it were designed as a movie
set for Robin Hood. Hills, heather, and an abundance of trees
makes it one of the most beautiful
golf courses in all of Scotland. A
Braid design, it is one of his most
golf courses and a classic example
this golf design genius used his fertile
imagination to turn the natural landscape
into a testing, challenging, and altogether
fun golf course. Nature presented him
hills and valleys, trees and heather,
mounds and slopes all mixed in with
changes in elevation. Into these natural
gifts he wove challenging doglegs,
fairways, severely slanted landing
and plateaued greens. Once you're past
first few holes you'll feel as much
of nature as if you were on a hike.
reminder of civilization is a steam
locomotive that blows its whistle and
past the 4th and 6th holes from time
The Boat has it all.
Boat of Garten Golf Course ©
At Boat of Garten breathtaking beauty surrounds you throughout
your entire round. A truly magnificent setting with the Cairngorm
mountains always in the background
Highland air crisp and clear. Even
play the worst golf of your life, you
not consider it a good walk spoiled.
|Easy does it on this first hole. This 169
yard par 3 is an opportunity
to begin your
day with a par.
It all starts out innocently enough with
a friendly hole, a 169 yard par 3--189
the championship tees. There are, of
a few nasty bunkers in the way between
and success, but they are certainly
As you can see from the picture above,
then immediately start off into the
of the golf course.
|You feel like saying "Get 'um up and
move 'um out" when you face
hole, a 351 yd par 4. Isn't this
sight from a golf tee.
|How's this for something to look forward
to! "Picturesque" doesn't
to describe BOAT OF GARTEN. This
beauty seen from the 4th tee
throughout this unusual golf
Not until the 4th hole do The Boat's distinctive fairways really begin to emerge.
This is a longish par 5 where an unlucky
bounce or an errant drive can severely
|Ho-hum, another beautiful hole. This view
is from the back of the 7th green--a
yd par 4 rated the 4th most difficult
the golf course.
Boat of Garten is a perfect example of why raw distance
means little in determining the difficulty
or the joy of playing a golf course.
reason is its hills. It has lots and
and lots of hills. The other is design. The 13th is a good example.
A par 5 at a mere 461 yards, it's rated the
most difficult hole on the course and for
good reason. It's difficult to get there
in 2 because of the S-shaped layout and the
severe uphill carry. Also, if your ball falls
off the back of the green it's dead because
of an unforgiving rough. The 461 yards play
more like 561 yards. And if the wind is in
your face, be happy with a 6. Want more proof
that the length of a golf course can be deceiving?
Consider this: since James Braid designed
this golf course in 1932, the lowest round
any amateur has ever shot is 67! Pretty amazing
when you consider that this 5,648 yard golf
course with a par of 70 has only been bettered
by 3 strokes in 73 years of trying! Not bad,
|View from the tee at #13, a 473 yard par
5 (how hard can such a short
par 5 be?).
You'll need a very accurate drive
left side of the fairway to par
|View from behind the 18th green. Note the
uphill approach and small green.
Not a good
time to lose concentration.
I really like the look of the finishing
It's a 426 yard par 4, slight dogleg
that golfers with an easy fade will
As you can see from the above picture,
the green falls off in all directions
there are two intimidating bunkers
either side of the green. If you're
a good round up until now, think positive--a
prayer might also help.
|View past the 2nd tee to the 18th fairway
and green in the background.
Note how the
green is elevated, so choose
your iron carefully.
Anything short will roll back
down the hill.
Anything long will be caught
up in "junk"
behind the green.
Golf Nook Scotland rating = solid BIRDIE
www.boatgolf.com -- Contains all the info you'll need on the
course and how to book, etc.
Where to Stay in the Boat of Garten area
Some golfers drive to Boat of Garten for
the day, returning to the Moray
Dornoch that night. But many
stay in or near Boat of Garten.
If you do,
you'll be glad you did. It's
a perfect choice
for the independent golfer in
than spending time in a car,
the natural beauty of this Highland
-- a ski area in winter, a golfing
rest of the year. Set in the
Mountains. A walker's heaven,
this is Monarch of the Glen (TV) location.
|Pine Ridge B&B -
Exceptional value In a scenic Highland area with tall trees
and distinctive northern
Owner Shona Rankin, with many years of hotel
and hospitality experience,
has created a
warm and comfortable place
for you to feel
at home. In Shona's own words, "We are a large traditional Highland home
where your comfort and
enjoyment is our priority.
We pride ourselves in offering
and comfortable B&B
Highland courses are within
a 30-minute drive,
including Boat of Garten,
the Spey Valley
Championship Course, and
not forgetting our
stunning wee gem at Carrbridge
We would be delighted to
welcome you to Pine Ridge B&B."
Craigerne House Hotel -
||This lovely 10 room hotel is on the edge
of Newtonmore, an excellent
small town in
the Cairngorm Mountains.
It sits just 15
yds. from the 1st tee of
the local golf course.
Just off the main road
(the A9) from Perth
to Inverness, this is a
for enjoying the golf courses
of this beautiful area.
The privately owned
country house hotel is
known for its friendly,
serene atmosphere and good
food. Hosts Dougie
and Joanna Jeffries provide
top quality service
for individual guests as
well as groups.
Equipment storage and drying
available. High ratings,
Their exellent website
reflects the excellence
of the hotel. Highly recommended.
||Moorfield House - Affordable luxury at this 4-star guest
house in the Highlands.
Relaxed and peaceful
to serve alcohol.
Gillian and Harvey Harris
run a non-smoking
B&B and usually require
a 2-night stay.
On the main road, in the
town centre of Boat
of Garten. Tel/ (0)1479
831646. Email - firstname.lastname@example.org. More info at www.moorhouse.com.
Where To Eat in Boat of Garten
Boat of Garten golf clubhouse - friendly atmosphere with good food available
to golfing visitors. (Keep in
mind you can
usually rely on getting at least
meal at any clubhouse where you
Local Post Office - on the main street just a couple of minutes'
walk from the golf course, they
make up sandwiches
for you and they also sell pre-packaged
You can eat them at one of their
tables (post offices in Scotland
establishments, privately owned)
or you can
take them away.
Boat Hotel - on the main street in the village center
next to the railway staion, a
from the golf course. Their Capercaillie
Restaurant is an upscale venue
a booking, but the Osprey Bar
is a very nice
casual bistro offering good food
all day. www.boathotel.co.uk
Mary-Alice suggests ...
If you decide to stay in the Dornoch area
or the Moray Coast area for the
day, please see Northern Highlands. But we suggest that you do come to the Victorian
town of Boat of Garten, where
you can spend
a pleasant day surrounded by
Cairngorm mountains -- famous
and pony-trekking in the summer,
the winter. Lots to see here.
What to Do All Day in Boat of Garten
Strathspey Railway - station can be reached by walking up the
hill from the golf course carpark.
steam trains run 7 times a day.
Buy a return
ticket and see some glorious
scenery in a
short time. (Special note--this area is where the very popular BBC
TV series MONARCH OF THE GLEN was filmed.
Ride the train to BroomhilI, which is the
"Glenbogle" station in the show.
In the U.S. you can join Netflix.com and rent this series, which will thrill
you with its scenery.) More info
train on their website. www.strathspeyrailway.co.uk
Woodland Walks - Several low-level local footpaths are
signmposted throughout the village.
I like to enter the path on the west side
of the Granlea B&B on the
Look for the sign saying "Woodland
and follow the arrows. The footpaths
take you through serene woodlands
lovely measows. All footpaths
wide, and easy to follow.