Castle Stuart Golf Links. Opened in 2009, this course overlooking the Moray Firth is already considered one of Scotland's finest, hosting the Scottish Open in 2011. Expect undulating fairways and extensive bunkers that test your mettle. The 210-yard 17th hold provides perilous cliff-top play; the wind can defeat the canniest player. The art deco–inspired clubhouse provides stunning views of the water. B9039, Inverness, Highland, IV2 7JL. 01463/796111. Green fee: May–Oct., £175; Apr. and Nov., £130. 18 holes, 6553 yds, par 72. Apr.–Nov., daily.

Inverness Golf Club. Established in 1883, Inverness Golf Club welcomes visitors to its parkland course 1 mile from downtown. Overlooking the Beauly Firth, it's a tree-lined course that requires a good deal of accuracy. Culcabock Rd., Inverness, Highland, IV2 3XQ. 01463/239882. Green fee: £18–£42. 18 holes, 6256 yds, par 69.

Torvean Golf Course. This municipal course has one of the longest par-5 holes (565 yards) in the north of Scotland. There are quite a few water hazards, including the Caledonian Canal. Glenurquhart Rd., Inverness, Highland, IV3 8JN. 01463/225651. Green fee: £30 weekdays, £37 weekends. 18 holes, 5784 yds, par 68.


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