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Pitlochry

You know you're in for a fun day on a Scottish golf course when the first hole is named "Distillery." No, there's no Scotch whisky (spelled whiskey in the U.S.) on the hole. But it's the site of an old distillery. This is Scotland, after all. Well worth coming here, the hospitable town of Pitlochry, is in the beautiful county of Perthshire

Pitlochry first green
The first hole....a rewarding sight after your climb up the hilly fairway.

The hole plays only 376 yards from the visitors' tees, and you tee off high above the green with all the trouble clearly in sight -- sneaky little burn (stream) to your right and the two sets of bunkers stretching right across the fairway. Take an extra club for your second shot because your second shot is uphill and a lot longer than you think. Oh, and watch out for the green. It's easy to putt right off the front of it.

1st fairway and 18th green. You deal with the terrain right from start to finish.
1st fairway on the upper right and 18th green in the foreground. Hills from start to finish !!

Rather than describe each hole, I'll simply say you're in for an up and down day. No, hopefully your golf won't be up and down, but your changes in elevation certainly will be. Pitlochry is a very hilly golf course. The first time I saw it I wondered where the ski lifts were. But the hills are a great deal of its charm. There are few golf courses anywhere that will give you the variety of shots and the spectacular views that Pitlochry will.

Pitlochry has awesome scenery

The golf course is only 5,700 yards with a par of 69 but, if you've ever played hilly golf courses you know that "total yards" doesn't mean a thing. On many of the holes you'll be teeing off high above the green and on others you'll be far below. The very design of the golf course keeps even big hitters honest. If you're out of position on your tee shot, you'll have a difficult time making your par. Hole 15 is a good example of this. It's only 276 yards yet it sports a Stroke Index of 5 and some say it should have an S I of a few points less. The difficulty lies in the design. If your tee shot lands slightly right or left or short, you're going to have to execute an exacting chip shot to save par. The folks at Pitlochry believe it's the most difficult par 4 under 300 yards in the world. And after having played it a few times, I'm not going to argue with them. (By the way, if you have a good short game you'll do okay on this course.)

Pitlochry golf course is in the mountains

I love all the par 3s. They are physically beautiful and demand a good golf shot. Anything less than that will probably end up in a bogie.

Pitlochry 18th green
Back to the finishing hole on Pitlochry golf course.


The first time I played Pitlochry Golf Course I said it was a real hidden gem. People have been saying that for years. Well, now it's official. Golf World, the UK's leading golf magazine, listed "66 Hidden Gems in the UK and Ireland." Pitlochry was high on the list.

Pitlochry clubhouse
A daytime view of the Pitlochry clubhouse. At night it's beauitful in lights.

Pitlochry now has buggies available. Golf is a walking game. But if walking up steep hills is a problem, here is an opportunity to play a very hilly, very enjoyable golf course.

Golf Nook Rating -- A solid PAR

www.pitlochrygolf.co.uk


Where to Go and Where to Stay in Pitlochry --
Pitlochry is a charming, bustling town in the heart of a beautiful mountain area. The town has so much going for it, including a world-reknowned theatre. And so many things to see and places to stay. Everyone loves Pitlochry.
You'll find all the info you need at www.pitlochry.org and www.visitscotland.com