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Fortrose and Rosemarkie Golf Club

Fortrose and Rosemarkie Golf Club


01381 620529
Ness Road East, Fortrose, Ross-shire, IV10 8SE


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  • Conference facilities
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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


Visitors Special Offers

We warmly welcome society groups to our course. If you are interested in making a booking or would like more details, please contact Michael MacDonald on 01381 620529 or by Email. Discounts will be provided for group bookings of 9 or more.
JOIN THE CLUB NOW FOR ONLY £435.00. We are offering any adult (over the age of 18) the opportunity to join Fortrose & Rosemarkie Golf Club for a fee of £435.00 (no joining fee). Country/Overseas Membership Fees are available at £245.00! Telephone Mike MacDonald on 01381 620529 for more information. Aged 18-22? You can now join for only £125.00.

Scottish Golf Membership Card Special Offers

If you are a playing member of Fortrose & Rosemarkie Golf Club (this includes Country and Overseas Members) then you will be able to play up to three times per year at the following courses for a maximum of half price of their normal green fees. The courses include:- Royal Dornoch (Championship & Struie Course) Moray Golf Club The Spey Valley Championship Course Boat of Garten Golf Club Brora Golf Club Nairn Dunbar Golf Club Golspie Golf Club Tain Golf Club (£10.00 each time you play) Inverness Golf Club Forres Golf Club For further information please contact Mike MacDonald (Club Secretary) on 01381 620529 or alternatively e-mail Mike direct at

Get Into Golf

Please contact Mike MacDonald (Club Secretary) and he will be more than happy to answer any questions you may have regarding membership on a playing basis, non-playing basis or for a social membership.


During the 2013 season we had 80 youngsters who undertook the Clubgolf coaching. The kids are the future of the Club and we invest heavily on their coaching and the time given to those wishing to take up the game of golf. During the months of May and June, FOUR separate weekdays were set aside for the coaching of juniors with each session lasting for one hour over a period 6-10 weeks. The Club also set aside four weeks for additional coaching to the same youngsters in August and September of 2013. A successful year all in all which has seen out junior membership increase from 94 to 131.