Fortrose & Rosemarkie: 5 reasons why you need to play here

As the golf season edges closer, you can start thinking about playing some beautiful links golf. We recently visited Fortrose & Rosemarkie and want you to know more about this great, historic golf course.

Here are our top 5 reasons why you should add Fortrose & Rosemarkie to your ‘must-play’ list.

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1. History

Bucket loads, and then some. Fortrose & Rosemarkie Golf Club has officially been recognised is the 15th oldest golf in the world. The Fortrose Golfing Society was formed 1793 and became Fortrose & Rosemarkie Golf Club, as it is known today, in 1888. The first AGM took place in Williamson’s Tavern in July 1793. In 1932 the great course architect and 5-time Open Champion, James Braid, was invited to recommend a new course layout. Braid’s new design formed the basis of the course as it lies today. 


2. Guaranteed Friendly Welcome

All visitors to Fortrose & Rosemarkie Golf Club are assured of a warm, friendly highland welcome. You’ll be treated like a member from the moment you arrive. 


3. Links Appeal

The turf at Fortrose is truly splendid for playing golf; coupled with great course design players will need to think strategically for the entire round. The current course, designed by prolific course designer James Braid, is a fantastic example of a course where length isn’t everything. Despite the relatively short yardage, by modern standards, Fortrose & Rosemarkie requires a great deal of thought; those trying to overpower the course will quickly learn this is a risky strategy. Walking off the 18th green of this great links, having played to your handicap or better, is a fine achievement. Most golf courses are best explored over at least two rounds and that’s no different here, we highly recommend playing 36 holes and enjoying a fantastic clubhouse lunch in between.


4. Location

Some of  Scotland’s hidden gems are a bit out of the way and hard to get to. Not so with Fortrose & Rosemarkie. Just 30 minutes drive from Inverness International Airport, after landing you can be on the first tee at Fortrose & Rosemarkie quicker than it takes J.B. Holmes to play 4 holes of golf. Situated on a peninsula of land, which juts out into the Moray Firth, Fortrose & Rosemarkie is also the perfect place to stop for a game while travelling between Dornoch and Inverness.  Nearly every hole provides stunning views across the water towards Inverness.


5. Value For Money

Fortrose & Rosemarkie was recently named ‘best value for money in Scottish Golf’ at the 2017 Scottish Golf Tourism Awards.  Offering exceptional value at £55 per round in the high season, the club also offers great 36 hole deals and shoulder season rates.


To book your Scottish links golf trip to Fortrose & Rosemarkie just get in touch with our expert team on or view our Highland packages.

12th March 2018