The big news in Scottish Highlands golf is the acquisition of Castle Stuart Golf Links by Cabot Golf Developers. Cabot Golf is renowned for its ever-expanding portfolio of exceptional golf properties across the globe including Cabot Cape Breton with Cabot Links and Cabot Cliffs, and the soon-to-open Cabot Saint Lucia by Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw, among others.
The Top 100 in the World Castle Stuart Golf Links course will not be changing, but rather getting a worthy sister course in 2024 designed by Tom Doak. With Castle Stuart Links, Cabot Links and Cabot Cliffs already in the World’s Top 100 in most prestigious rankings, it is anticipated that Doak’s design will join them upon opening, adding to the allure of the Inverness golf scene.
Castle Stuart Links was designed by owner/developer, the late Mark Parisinen (of Kingsbarns fame) and one of the hottest golf architects in the world Gil Hanse. The links/cliffside design immediately rose to the top of Scotland’s “must plays” upon opening. The course ingeniously weaves six holes (three on the front and three on the back) along the Moray Firth just several feet above the water line and features 12 holes on the clifftop. Castle Stuart Links gained recognition for its imaginative bunkers incorporating partial revetting into natural dunes. The neighboring 17th century Castle Stuart, from which the course takes its name, is cleverly woven into the routing as a backdrop to the par 3, 4th hole.
In addition to the Castle Stuart Golf Links course, a former Scottish Open venue, Cabot Highlands features a terrifically fun short course, an Art-Deco inspired clubhouse, and luxurious select accommodations. Real estate options are also planned for future development.
Located only five miles from the international Inverness Airport, Cabot Highlands makes a wonderful start to an overall Scotland golf tour. A perfect base from which to explore not only Scotland Highlands golf but the lively town of Inverness, with its gourmet local seafood, world-renowned whisky tasting and important historic sites like the Culloden Battlefield. Best of all, Cabot Highlands is a resort so weekend tee times are available.
Immerse yourself in the rich history and mythology of the Scottish Highlands, while visiting some of the best golf courses in Scotland.
Including the third oldest Golf Club in the world, Royal Dornoch, championship links course, Brora and Nairn Golf Club, which has hosted a number of championships, including the Amateur Championship and the Walker Cup.