fortrose & Rosemarkie

fortrose and rosemarkie golf club

Fortrose & Rosemarkie Golf Course is a seaside links course, set on the narrow Chanonry Point peninsula in the ‘Black Isle’, just north of Inverness. It has breathtaking views over the Moray Firth. Established in 1888, the course was re-designed by the five times Open Champion James Braid in 1932. It is a short course, but if you are looking for a challenge, don't worry as it has small greens, narrow fairways and strategically-placed bunkers, which are typical of the designer James Braid. The course has the sea on three sides and you really have to see it to believe it !

fortrose and rosemarkie golf course

The fourth hole has stunning views towards Chanonry Lighthouse and definitely competes as one of the best holes in Links Golf ! You will enjoy the breathtaking scenery and there is even a chance of seeing a dolphin as there is a dolphin colony in the adjacent firth.

playing fortrose & rosemarkie

This 18 hole golf course has a Par of 71 and a SSS of 69. The course measures 5890 (white tees), 5657 (yellow tees) and 5361 (red tees). The club is very welcoming to visitors and you can play at most times during the week and at certain times over the weekend. Pre-booking is advised, particularly at weekends. There is a Golf Club shop, a bar and excellent catering although availability of catering can depend on time of year so if you are visiting, particularly during the winter months then we advise you to phone the club in advance to check catering times etc. Visit Fortrose & Rosemarkie Golf Club website by clicking here.

foretrose map

history of fortrose & rosemarkie

The golf club was established in 1888, although golf had been played on the point before that. During the First World War, play virtually ceased and there was some damage to the clubhouse which had been used by men of the Highland Cyclist Battalion who had used it as a guardhouse. After the first world war, the course underwent some restoration work and in 1932, James Braid was invited to advise on a new course layout. Further land was acquired at Chanonry Point in order to extend the course and in 1935 the new 18 hole golf course was ready. The course was used as a training ground during the second world war and it wasn't until 1947 that the course was returned to a playable state.

staying nearby

The club is only 14 miles from Inverness, where we can recommend the following hotels :

The Four Star MacDonald New Drumossie Hotel, which is set in 9 acres of parkland with views over the Moray Firth and has an award winning Grill Room. It is situated only 20 minutes from Inverness Airport and 5 minutes from the train station :

The Best Western Palace Hotel and Spa is situated on the banks of the River Ness, overlooking Inverness Castle. This excellent hotel also has a Spa which includes a 50 foot swimming pool ! Click here to visit the website for the Best Western Inverness Palace Hotel and Spa

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The Kingsmills Hotel - a luxury, four star Hotel

Closer to the golf course, in Fortrose, you could stay at The Anderson Hotel and there are actually a couple of campsites - you can find out more by clicking here.

For self catering or bed and breakfast accomodation you could try the Cameron Highland Resort at Rosemarkie.

things to see in the area

Chanonry Point is a popular place to visit with fantastic views across the Moray Firth towards Castle Stuart Golf Course, Fort George and Inverness. Chanonry Point is particulary popular for viewing dolphins, of which there are around 130. The dolphins can sometimes be seen playing and fishng from only a few metres off the point area. A stone memorial can also be found at Chanonry point marking the place where the Brahan Seer was burnt to death. The Brahan Seer was a highlander who was reputed to have the gift of seeing the future, or the "second sight" and made numerous predictions, some of which have appeared to come true ! To find out more click here !

Other places to visit include Culloden Battlefield and Loch Ness.