What we say
This is pure, unadulterated out-and-back links, a terrific test in the wind, a par 70, which is 6,110 yards off the back tess. James Braid was paid £25 for his work, and there are many Braid traits, with the par-3s all facing different directions for wind condition variety, and a minimal use of bunkering because the natural beauty of the land is maximised. Look out for the little burns which weave in and out (the 13th is a 125-yard par-3 called Snake for this reason), and the finishing hole, a par-3 which finishes in front of the clubhouse.
Brora is one of those Scottish courses good enough to be a classic links, yet obscure enough that you’ll feel as if you have discovered your own private slice of links heaven. This is true, classic links golf: nine holes out, nine holes back, hugging the sea almost the entire time, wide open exposed to the elements. There is an incredible feeling of golf meeting nature and of connecting with the bored shepherd who first struck a pebble with his crook. It’s short by modern standards – 6,100 yards – but is so gorgeously natural that you won’t care if you’re only hitting a wedge to some of the par 4s. Not so much a hidden gem as a hidden six-carat diamond.
Gleneagles may be more glamorous, Carnoustie more prestigious. It is Brora which is the most northerly golf memorial to James Braid in his native Scotland.
This golf course, designed by Braid in 1923, has been called “the most natural links anywhere in the world” by Australian Peter Thomson.
Today's Golfer voted it the best-value golf course in Britain. Brora's design also features a lost links tradition – short holes facing each point of the compass.
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- Address 43 Golf Road, , BRORA
- Tel 01408 621417
- Website www.broragolf.co.uk
|Green Fees||Mon-Fri: £49 (round), £69 (day). Sat-Sun: £55 (round) £75 (day)|
|Course Length||6,211 yards (5,679 metres)|
- Course has: Bar
- Course has: Buggy Hire
- Course does not have: Driving Range
- Course does not have: Practice Green
- Course has: Pro Shop
- Course has: Restaurant
- Course has: Trolley Hire
- Course has: Dress Code
- Course has: Club Hire
- Course does not have: Handicap
A course built using the natural ground. The card belies the challenge, four par 3's one par 5 and then some tough par 4's. A course that will challenge the full handicap range without it becoming a dispiriting occasion for the mid to high handicapper. It is not entirely dependent on the weather for protection, managing your golf game is the challenge. The course gives excellent value for the green fee.
Golf in its natural form. No manicured fairways and grass cut to an inch. Just aweome in its rawness. Heavenly. Real golf. Play it - it will live in the memory. What golf is all about