If the game of golf was played in the Kingdom of Fife in the late 15th century, it could not have been many years later before it was introduced to the Highlands.
There is documentary evidence of golf being played over 'Chanonry' which is now called Fortrose dating back to 1702. It was contained in a letter from a Mr George MacKenzie of Balconie, a cousin of the Earl of Seaforth and provost of Fortrose at that time. Writing to his Edinburgh law agent, he thanks him for sending him a club and golf balls but admits that as a farmer he should not really be playing golf at harvest time. He then excuses himself at succumbing to such sporting pleasure by adding the words ‘Oportet Vivre’ (Life is for living) – a philosophy followed by many golfers to this day!
Fortrose has only recently been confirmed as the 15th Oldest Recorded Club in the World with evidence being obtained to prove that an AGM took place at Williamsons Tavern on the 3rd July 1793. Located on the Chanonry Peninsula in the ‘Black Isle’ this Scottish links golf course enjoys breathtaking views over the Moray Firth, close to the City of Inverness. Established in [+1888+] the course was re-designed by the five time Open Champion James Braid. In 1932 James Braid was invited to advise on a new course layout. With new land being acquired at Chanonry Point this was the opportunity to extend the course. On Saturday, 8th June 1935 a newspaper report noted that 'the new 18 Hole Golf Course, laid out by Mr James Braid, is of great variety and necessitates much skill. It's sporting character will no doubt, attract many visitors to the district.
Playing on one of the finest links golf courses in Scotland is a must for your golfing calendar, especially as we are so close to other distinguished links in the area, such as Royal Dornoch, Castle Stuart and Brora. The Course itself is only 20 minutes away from the City of Inverness.
The course has received accolades such as ‘a gem of a course by the sea’, ‘perhaps the best jewel in the highland golfing crown’ and ‘a unique course with special character to be found nowhere else’. The course is open every day of the year and we welcome golfers from all parts of the globe to play at this fantastic links course.
The greens are not just fast but also deceptive, with tight fairways and strategically placed bunkers throughout the course – the trademark of the all-time master of bunkering, James Braid.
During the Club's 125th Anniversary in 2013 we played host to the following national tournaments:-
21st July 2013 - The Scottish Golf Union North District Team Championship
11th-12th August 2013 - The Scottish Boys & Girls U-14 Open Stroke Play Championship
4th September 2013 - The Scottish Ladies Golf Association Commonwealth Spoons
8th-10th October 2013 - The Scottish Golfers Alliance Championship
2015 - Fortrose & Rosemarkie Golf Links will host the SGU's Scottish Club Championship Final on Sunday, 20th September 2015.
2016 - Fortrose & Rosemarkie Golf Links will host the Scottish Ladies Senior (close) Championship from the 29th June 2016 through until the 2nd July 2016.
2018 - Fortrose & Rosemarkie Golf Links will host the Scottish Boys Under 16's Open Amateur Stroke Play Championship during the month of July 2018.
The 16th Hole – Named after the Brahan Seer who was allegedly burnt in a spiked tar barrel thereabouts because of the doom and despair he foretold about the House of Seaforth. A memorial cairn is located at Chanonry Point. He is thought to have used a stone with a hole in the middle to see his visions.
The 17th Hole – Names as ‘Clay Pots’ – which is probably the finest driving hole on the golf course where you hope to land near the stone where the last witch in Scotland is reputed to have been burned - In a Clay Pot maybe?
The 18th Hole – Fiery Hillock – A fine finishing hole where the whins lining the fairway destroy many a fine round. The raised mound just short of the green is where fires were lit in the olden days to send news of a disaster along the Moray Coast.
Mike MacDonald Club Secretary
Club Open Competitions
|Type||Description||Join fee||Subs fee||Available?|
|JUNIOR BOYS & GIRLS MEMBERSHIPS||The price for all Juniors Under the age of 18 has now (from January 2017 to January 2018) been set at £50.00 per person. For those juniors who wish to join the Club and live 50 miles outwith the Club the fee is only £25.00. This is for all boys and girls under the age of 18.||n/a||£50||Yes|
|SPECIAL OFFER FULL PLAYING MEMBERS FOR 2017||JOIN NOW FOR ONLY £445.00 (from Jan 2016-Jan 2017). Reciprocal Agreements mean that members can also play at Royal Dornoch, Brora, Moray, Spey Valley Championship Course, Tain, Boat of Garten, Golspie, Forres, Inverness & Nairn Dunbar (up to 3 times per year for half price). Members can also sign on up to 12 guests per season at only £15.00 per person. Full playing members will also receive a credit balance onto their members loyalty card totalling £25.00.||n/a||£445||Yes|
|COUNTRY/OVERSEAS MEMBERSHIPS 2017||JOIN NOW FOR ONLY £265.00 (January 2017-January 2018). Reciprocal – Members can also play at Royal Dornoch, Spey Valley Championship Course, Boat of Garten, Brora, Moray, Tain, Golspie, Forres, Inverness & Nairn Dunbar (up to 3 times per year for half price). There are NO restrictions to playing in Club competitions.||n/a||£265||Yes|
|18-22 YEAR OLD MEMBERSHIP OFFER 2017||JOIN NOW FOR ONLY £125.00 (this fee includes £25.00 being put onto your members loyalty card). Reciprocal – Members can also play at Royal Dornoch, Spey Valley, Boat of Garten, Brora, Moray, Tain, Golspie, Forres, Inverness & Nairn Dunbar (up to 3 times per year for half price). NO restrictions and you can play in as many competitions as you so wish.||n/a||£135||Yes|
|NON-PLAYING MEMBERSHIPS FOR 2017||Each Non-Playing Member will also get a special card with 15 credits for our ball machine (40 balls per credit) which is valued at £30.00. We have a long game practice area in excess of 450 yards in length and a short game practice area including bunkers and putting greens and a triple bay practice net to improve your game. You will also be playing off turf as opposed to mats! As we are now a Scottish Development Centre come and see for yourself how great a facility it is.||n/a||£75||Yes|
|SOCIAL MEMBERSHIPS||You will receive a members card like any other playing or non-playing member which provides you a 10% discount on all purchases made at the Club. This is for the bar, for any catering or for any golf shop purchases.||n/a||£20||Yes|
|FULL PLAYING MEMBERSHIPS FOR 23-28 YEAR OLDS||JOIN NOW FOR ONLY £320.00 (from Jan 2016-Jan 2017). Reciprocal Agreements mean that members can also play at Royal Dornoch, Brora, Moray, Spey Valley Championship Course, Tain, Boat of Garten, Golspie, Forres, Inverness & Nairn Dunbar (up to 3 times per year for half price). Members can also sign on up to 12 guests per season at only £15.00 per person. Full playing members will also receive a credit balance onto their members loyalty card totalling £25.00.||n/a||£320||Yes|
Member Guest Rights/Rates
|Weekday Round||£ 50|
|Weekend Round||£ 55|
|Weekday Day||£ 70|
|Weekend Day||£ 80|
|Twighlight Fee after 4.30pm (Summer Time)||£ 25|
Number of holes: 18