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Castle Stuart Golf Links
At Castle Stuart, nature bequeathed an opportunity for a links golf course to enjoy a rich landscape texture of whins, gorse and broom, heather, and marram – a landscape mosaic of rugged beauty. It is a true links experience with rumpled fairways, offering changes in lie and stance; partially revetted, natural bunkers and infinity edge greens that allow the scenery and key landmarks to be put on display. The course has won plaudits from some of golf’s leading players and writers, including Phil Mickelson, winner of the 2013 Scottish Open at Castle Stuart and The Open championship one week later, who said: “It should almost be a prerequisite to play Castle Stuart before you are allowed to design golf courses”.
Mickelson went further at the 2016 Scottish Open, describing Castle Stuart as a great course, with a wonderful design and one that is fun to play. He said: “It’s got a great mixture of holes – birdie holes, tough pars, (and holes that need) great shotmaking skills.” The 2016 Scottish Open winner Alex Norén said Castle Stuart was “a really fun course to play, with a few very tricky holes, but also somewhere you can go for the green in two shots on par 5s and some par 4s where you can aim for the green in one”.
- Mark Parsinen & Gill Hanse