Fortrose and Rosemarkie Golf Club
A classic Scottish Links Course surrounded by the sea

Holes 1-18

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No.1 Fort George - 329 Yards - Par 4

Takes it name from the 18th century barracks across the Chanonry narrows to the left which form a magnetic attraction for many a drive.

A relatively gentle, opening par four but with whins both left and right and water awaiting any errant tee shot hit far too far to the left caution is required.

Most players will choose to play an iron or fairway wood from the tee, avoiding the whins both left and right and a futher two bunkers to the right of the fairway which are in play for the longer hitters who may choose to play a driver. Hitting the fairway leaves you a short(ish) iron to a green which slopes from right to left.

No.2 The Dyke - 442 Yards - Par 4

A stone dyke once dissected this fairway, and often a low hit ball would strike the dyke and end up behind the player. Whins and beach await any stray shot to the left. Par is a relief for the low handicapper and celebrated as a birdie by many.

A narrow par four hole which demands the straightest of tee shots as any errant drive both left and to the right of the fairway will most likely end in the gorse bushes or leave you with a shot which only allows you a short recovery back onto the fairway.

If the fairway is found, the second shot is not any easier with bunkers both to the left and right of the green awaiting any shot slightly off line. Finding the green in two is in many respects a bonus and with a sloping green two putts are never guaranteed to secure your par.

No.3 The Cup - 342 Yards - Par 4

Takes its name from the original third hole which is played to a "bowl", still a feature of the fourth fairway. The semi-plateau and hog-backed green is deceptive and treacherous.

Whilst the 3rd hole is shorter than most par 4's, finding the fairway is not that easy with the sloping fairway (depending on where the ball lands from the tee) kicking balls off to the left and right sides. Again gorse bushes will await any tee shot hit off line to the right and left so an iron or fairway wood is sometimes the best option from the tee.

Whilst the fairway may be found from the tee, the second shot to an "unpturned saucer" green with slopes taking many balls off the green to the left and right side make the second shot none too easy. Again with a sloping green two putts are never a guarantee but it will get the mind working early on in your round.

No.4 Lighthouse - 497 Yards - Par 5

The Chanonry Lighthouse stands directly behind the sloping green, but woe betide the player who uses it as his line until maybe playing his third shot. A classic links hole.

Unless you are able to carry the ball 270+ yards from the tee, the best option is to lay up with a long iron or fairway wood. Ideally you want the drive to go no longer than 225 yards on a fairway which again will kick a ball off to the left and right if you are off line. The best option for the second shot is to keep the ball down the right half of the fairway to give you a better pitch up onto a severely sloping green which has caused many players regardless of their ability to three putt.

Going long and left and with your pitch over the green will cause any player problems to get down in two, three or even more shots. This is the signature of hole of Fortrose & Rosemarkie Golf Club so keeping it on the fairway is essential.

No.5 Icehouse - 133 Yards - Par 3

The shortest hole on the course, but even for the best of players it can be anything from a wedge to a wood, depending on the strength and direction of the wind. The out-of-bounds grounds of the old icehouse threaten the stray drive over the Point Road and pulling a shot left into the rough to the left of the green will make it very tricky for any player to secure a par 3. A fantastic hole which justifies the fact that not all par three's have to be 200+ yards. This is a hole all players will enjoy to the full regardless of their ability.

No.6 Rosehaugh - 469 Yards - Par 5

Named in memory of the Club's founder patron whose summer bungalow stood behind the ladies' tee.

With beach to the left and whins on the right, the drive must be well struck. This is a hole where you can open up a little but beware the bunker on the left and right side of the fairway. If you end up in the bunker you will have no chance of reaching the green in two or even getting close to the green.

By hitting the fairway with a drive just left of the bunker mentioned, this will leave you with around 200 yards to the green so you either have the option of laying up short of the bunkers at the front of the green or taking it on and reaping the benefits with a straight shot. Assuming of course that the drive is in good shape, this hole will provide you a great chance to pick up a shot.

No.7 Ormond Hill- 331 Yards - Par 4

Named after the hillside behind the village of Avoch visible to the left.

This hole is relatively short but well bunkered and trickily greened. With bunkers awaiting any wayward drive to the right, there is every chance you may not be able to make the green in two especially if your ball ends up in any of the three on the right side from the tee.

With a well positioned drive on the fairway a short iron awaits many players onto a sloping green with fall offs to the right and left and for any slightly wayward shot three bunkers await you at the greenside. There is every chance of picking up a birdie on this hole for those who avoid the hazards mentioned.

No.8 Chanonry - 404 Yards - Par 4

A classic hole and a dog leg to the left from the tee.

Trouble awaits any drive that is wayward with gorse to the far right and to the left from the tee. For the longer hitters the opportunity is there to carry the three bunkers on the left from the tee which will make the second shot that much easier as it opens up the hole.

A drive which is short right will make the second shot all the more difficult to a green which has a bunker short and to the right of the green. On what is a relatively flat putting surface those hitting the green in two will hopefully come off the green with a par at worst.

No.9 The Ness - 204 Yards - Par 3

Named after the former farm land. This is the last hole to be incorporated into the present course.

This is one of the few holes threatened by out of bounds off the tee that is for any drives that are too wayward to the left then it is more than likely that you will playing three off the tee. The hole depending on the wind direction can vary from a short iron to a full wood. There is a large bunker short of the green and another three around the putting surface. Par is never a bad result on this hole as there are obvious dangers everywhere and a large putting surface which slopes from back to front never makes a two putt easy should you even hit the green with your tee shot.

No.10 Feu Road - 319 Yards - Par 4

Named after the road that once ran behind the green to the sea.

This is another deceptive and cleverly-bunkered hole so don't be fooled by the yardage. The safe play here is to play an iron or fairway wood from the tee to around 190 yards which will leave you a short(ish) iron to the green. Bunkers are cunningly placed around 210 and 240 yards from the tee to catch out those players who may wish to gain that extra distance to hopefully leave a shorter shot into the green however, any drive off line could quite easily catch the bunkers to the left and right or the whin bushes which line either side of the hole so it is better to be safe than sorry.

If you are left with a short iron to the green beware the bunkers on the left and right at the entrance as all golf balls coming up short are likely to kick into the sand traps and leave you with a difficult up and down for par. This is one of the trickiest greens on the course to keep the ball on and the resultant putt is never easy, so par is never a bad score.

No.11 Dalcross - 415 Yards - Par 4

The drive is in the direction of the airport across the firth and the district after which the hole is named. A dog-leg to the right if one wishes to avoid the two strategically placed bunkers in a direct line from tee to green. For the longer hitters the bunkers may not come into play depending on the wind direction.

Keeping the tee shot down the left side of the fairway will open up the green for your second shot which should leave you with a relatively short iron with driver from the tee being mainly the club of choice. Bunkers also await any wayward second shot with one at the left, one at the right and one just short of the green.

This green is shared with the 6th hole so anything long will leave you an extremely long putt on this double green although the 11th green is relatively flat from front to back.

No.12 Culloden - 431 Yards - Par 4

This hole is in line with the culloden battlefield on the distant hills.

Bunkers await any wayward shot from the tee to the left and right sides of the fairway. This is a very good driving hole and par is a very good result. The undulating approach to the green plays tricks with many a second shot so be sure of your yardage before you hit to the green. Once again there are bunkers to the left and right of the green to collect any wayward shot. The green itself is undulating and depending on where the pin is a two putt is sometimes a very good result.

No.13 Quigish - 309 Yards - Par 4

This hole is susceptible to the drive finishing up on the Point Road which will cost you a stroke should you wish to take a drop from it as the road itself is part of the course. Alternatively a damaged club may be the result to play the ball as it lies but many players do especially under competition playing conditions. There is a limited landing area for the drive it is advisable to check when you walk down the 12th fairway to see how much room there is as again it can be deceptive. There is more room to the right than you think when you stand on the 13th tee. For any mishit drive, the gorse awaits so a carry of around 190 yards is needed if you take the bolder line of play over the top of the gorse.

A good drive in play will again leave you with a relatively short iron to a semi-plateau green. Bunkers are ready and waiting to collect any balls coming up short as you play up to the green. There are many subtle borrows on this particular green once you get down to the putting stage.

No.14 Bonfire Hill - 265 Yards - Par 4

This hole provides a great opportunity for a birdie. Whilst there are hazards both left and right off the tee in the form of two bunkers to right and whins to the left, a good straight drive may even make it onto the putting surface. The green itself slopes to the right as you are putting from the left and to the left as you are putting on the right side with a collection area in the middle as the slopes will take many balls down to this area. Gorse also awaits any tee shots or approaches that are hit too long.

No.15 Target - 292 Yards - Par 4

Trouble to the left in the form of gorse and to the right with two bunkers will await any wayward drive. Driver is the chosen club for many from this tee and the hole itself if you take your chance may offer another birdie opportunity. There is one bunker just short right of the green. The putting surface is raised from the fairway level so the second shot which will accept nothing but accuracy.

Any shots coming up short, long and left will leave you with another very difficult up and down for par from well below the green surface.

No.16 Coignach Odheur - 335 Yards - Par 4

Named after the Brahan Seer who was burned thereabouts because of the doom and despair he foretold about the House of Seaforth. There is also a memorial cairn at Chanonry Point. Disaster has also befallen many a golfer at this hole. The club of choice for many is to play an iron or fairway wood from the tee to take out the potential for 'disaster' as any shot hit off line to the right is more than likely to end up in the gorse. Drives played too far left will run away from you and down a hill towards the 2nd fairway. If you are short of the hump on the fairway you will have around 130 yards to the green.

Any second shot hit off line will kick away so be sure to be accurate. This green is slightly raised although not as severely as the 15th green. An up and down for par won't be easy should you miss the green but accuracy will reward you with a birdie chance.

No.17 Clay Pots - 357 Yards - Par 4

Probably the finest driving hole on the course where you hope to land near the stone marking the spot where the last witch in Scotland is reputed to have been burned - in a clay pot maybe? This stone is also referred to as 'The Cross of Ross'.

This is a tough drive! The best option is to hit driver but to keep the tee shot ultra safe aim left of the bunkers guarding the fairway which will more than likely result in your ball being on the 16th fairway but it will give you a decent shot to the green. For the longer hitters the bunkers may not even be in play however, much will depend on the wind direction. The tiger line is to play it between the stone at the top of the hill and the just right of the bunkers. This will leave you with a relatively short iron shot to the green which is again guarded by one bunker left and one right for any shots coming up short or mis-hit. Any tee shots hit to the right of the stone may never be seen again!

Gorse also awaits any wayward shot which is too far left, right or too long so be wary of your yardage. The green itself has subtle borrows but you will find the putting on this green a little easier than others you have encountered prior to this hole.

No.18 Fiery Hillock - 211 Yards - Par 3

A fine but tough finishing hole where the whins lining the fairway to the left and right have destroyed many a fine round. The centre hillock short of the green was once a mound where fires were lit in olden days to send news of disaster along the Moray Coast.

The club you play from the tee will very much depend on the direction of the wind. There are four bunkers in total on this hole so apart from the gorse there are many other hazards. Make no mistake, a par is a good score here!

Time to head to the 19th hole!