Golf When You Aren't Fishing

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The Old Course, St Andrews

This golf section is about things to do when you are not fishing.

As happens from time to time the fishing can go off and thoughts turn to other past times especially on Sundays as there is no fishing for migratory fish in Scotland on the Sabbath.

Here is a guide to the golfing opportunities available in the vicinity of your fishing venue. In keeping with the purpose of SpinFish the golfing locations are listed according to the major fishing locations. .

Allan Water | Alness | Annan | Arran | Ayr | Brora | Cree and Bladnoch |Deveron | Don | Durness | Eden | Endrick | Ettrick and Yarrow | Ericht | GirvanHebrides | Helmsdale | lsla | Isle of Bute | Isle of Mull | Isle of Skye | Kyle of Sutherland | Loch Broom | Loch Carron | Loch Lomond | Naver | Ness | Nith |North and South Esk Orkney Isles | Shetland Isles | Spey | Stirlingshire |Tay | Teith | TeviotThurso | Tummel | Tweed | Wick | Ythan

Allan Water

Dunblane Golf Club

Par 69, 5930 yards parkland course. Call 01786 821522. Fishing nearby, Allan Water, Teith, Forth and the lochs of the Trossachs.


Alness Golf Club

Par 67, SSS 64, 4880 yards, inland course with 18 holes. 26 miles from Inverness a bit of a gem. Junior and 2 adults and two children deals available. Call 01349 883887. Fishing nearby River Alness, Brora, Loch Brora, Ness.


Lockerbie Golf Club

Established in 1890 this is a parkland golf course on serious sea trout country. Par 67, 5364 yards. Fishing nearby, Annan, Nith and Border Esk.


How they fit so many golf courses in one small island is something else but they have 6 courses on Arran. Lochranza, par 70; Corrie, par 62; Lamlash, par 64, Whiting Bay, par 63; Skiskine, par 42 and Brodrick which is a par 65, SSS 64, 4738 yards links course. Call 01770 302349 for bookings at Brodrick.

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Royal Troon Golf Club

Founded in 1887 Royal Troon has 3 courses on offer; The Old Course, Championship,7150 yards, par 71, SSS 74: medal par 71, SSS73: Short, 71, SSS 71, ladies, par 75, SSS 76; Portland Medal, par 71 SSS71, 6289 yards, and a par three 9 hole course, 1191 yards. Call 01292 311555. Fishing nearby Ayr, Girvan, Doon, Gryfe, Clyde.

Troon Lochgreen

One of three municipal courses offering challenging golf (Jack Nicklaus hit an 82 here on an Open qualifier). Par 73, 6785 yards. For bookings call 01292 312464. 


Brora Golf Club

Par 69, SSS 70, 6110 yards 18 hole links golf course established in 1891. Located on the mouth of the river Brora the course was redesigned by 5 times Open Champion James Baird in 1923. To book a round call 01408 621417.

Cree and Bladnoch

Newton Stewart Golf Club

Par 69, SSS 70, 5840 yards, parkland course. Call 01671 402172. Fishing nearby, Cree, Bladnoch, Minnock, Loch Ken.


Huntly Golf Club

Established in 1892, 5399 yards, SSS 66. Located on the edge of Huntly between the rivers Deveron and Bogie just where they join below the Castle. Contact E Scott on 01466 792360.

Beats and fishing nearby Edinglassie, Huntly, Conniecleugh, Avochie, Rothiemay, Corniehaugh, Ardmealie and Turtory, Forgue Fishery, Artloch and the rivers Don, Isla and Bogie.

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Alford Golf Club

Alford Golf Club

18 holes, 5483 yards par 69 SSS 66. Located in mature park land looking towards Bennachie this well groomed golf course offers challenging golf. Contact Irene Currie on 09755 621178. Fishing beats nearby, Alford Town Water, Castle Forbes, Monymusk, Brux, Ardhuncart.

Insch Golf Club

4839 yards, SSS 66. This recently built golf course has settled into the its mellow rural setting in parkland with some very nice water features. Contact E. Johnstone on 01464 820363. Beats nearby, Alford Town Water, Castle Forbes, Monymusk, Brux, Ardhuncart also not far from the Deveron and Dee.

Inverurie Golf Club

5711 yards, SSS 68. 15 miles from Aberdeen off the A 96. Contact David Wood on 01467 624080. Beats nearby, Inverurie Town Water, Manar. Also not far from the Dee

Kemnay Golf Club

6362 yards, par 71 SSS 71. Parkland course set in a scenic rural location. Contact Y Moir on 01467 643746. Beats nearby, Kemnay AC water, Manar, Monymusk. Not far from the Dee.

Royal Aberdeen Golf Course

Royal Aberdeen Golf Club

A classic links course next to the mouth of the river Don the Royal Aberdeen is the sixth oldest golf club in the world, established in 1780. There are two courses available, the championship Balgownie course, 6372 yard SSS 71 and Silverburn, 4066 yards SSS 60. Contact GF Webster 01224 702571. Fishing nearby the Don, Dee and Ythan.

Durness Limestone Lochs

Durness Gulf Course

Durness Golf Club

Par 70, sss 67, 5555 yards. The most northerly golf course in mainland Britain is a 9 hole links course with 18 tees on the shores of Loch Lanlish. Contact Lucy  Mackay on 01971 511364. Fishing nearby, Durness Lochs, Kyle of Durness.

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The river Eden is in Fife, for golf fans that means Mecca, with one of the most famous courses at St Andrews named after it. This will be the only entry on Spinfish that goes 'when you are not playing golf there is some really good fishing about'.

St Andrews

700 acres of golf course, 6 golf courses; the Old Course, The New, The Jubilee, The Eden, The Strathtyrum, The Balgave and that is just the St Andrew Links Trust courses (and a new course is under construction). The Old Course plays at 7125 yards long championship distance and 6566 medal. Ffull information is available at (I was going to set out the details here but this is a fishing site and 700 acres of golf course takes a lot of describing). You can book the Eden, Strathtyrum, Jubilee and New on line with guaranteed tee off times but for the Old Course you have to enter the daily ballot, demand as you might guess is very high - booking early is essential.

Including the St Andrews courses there are nearly 50 courses in the Kingdom of Fife including excellent links courses at Leven, Lundin Links, St Andrews Bay, Crail, Elie and Kinghorn with many more parkland courses.


Drymen Buchanan Castle Golf

Par 70, SSS 69, 6059 yards parkland course in a stunning setting. Call 01360 660319. Fishing nearby, Endrick, Loch Lomond, Trossachs.

Ettrick and Yarrow

Selkirk Golf Club

Par 68, SSS 68, 5575 yards moorland golf course. For bookings call 01750 20857. Fishing Tweed, Teviot, Ettrick and Yarrow, Whitadder, St Marys Loch.

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Blairgowrie Golf Club

2 woodland heath courses and a 9 hole course. Rosemount, par 72, SSS 72, 6588 yards,; Landsdowne, par 72, SSS 73, 6895 yards. Wee Course, 9 holes, par 64, SSS 63, 4654 yards for 18 holes. For bookings call 01250 872622. Fishing nearby, Endrick, Isla, Tay.


Girvan Golf Club

Like Turnberry this course shares the famous views of Ailsa Craig without costing a packet for a round. Par 64, SSS 64, 5064 this windy links course offers many challenges. Rounds call 01465 714346. Fishing on the rivers Girvan, Doon and Ayr; lochs, Fairlie Moor, Maich Fishery and Collenan Reservoir and Loch Doon.


Helmsdale Golf Course

Par 60, SSS 60, 3720 yards. Founded in 1895 this heath land 9 hole course in a beautiful setting over looks the river. Call 01431 821063. Rivers Helmsdale and Brora.


Stronoway Golf Club

Par 68, SSS 67, 18 hole inland course in the grounds of Lews Castle. Call 01851 702240.

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Blairgowrie Golf Club

Has three courses all open to visitors with some restrictions, best to call in advance for bookings and information. The club is old, established in 1889 so watch out for strict dress codes, no jeans and keep yer shirt tucked in. The Rosemount course is the oldest. Originally a 9 hole course designed by Tom Morris it was extended and redesigned by James Braid, 18 holes, 6588 yards par 72. Landsdowne, 18 holes par 72 at 6802 yards is an all together tougher challenge. The 9 hole Wee Course completes the package of golf set in pine and birch wood. Call  01250 872622 for bookings and information. Fishing in Blairgowrie on the Ericht and the neaby Isla. Butterstone Loch is 12 miles and Loch Cluanie, 10 miles, offering good pike fishing.

Glen Isla Golf Centre in Alyth

Presents you with a challenging course with 40 bunkers and 5 water hazards. Par 71, SSS 71, 6402 yards. Call 01828 632445. Fishing nearby on the Isla and Ericht.

Isle of Bute

Bute Golf Club

Nine hole links course, par 68, 5164 yards for 18 holes. Call 01700 502158. Fishing for trout and pike on Loch Fad and brown trout on loch Quein.

Isle of Mull

Tobermory Golf Club

Nice little 9 hole course par 64, 4890 yards, call 01688 302338.

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Isle of Skye

Snizort, Skeabost Country House Hotel

Has a nine whole par 62 SSS 59 course in its grounds. Call 01470 532202.

Sconser Golf Club

Par 66, SSS 64 9 hole course near Portree. Call 01478 650414.

Kyle of Sutherland

Bonar Bridge and Ardgay Golf Club

Par 68, SSS 65, 5162 yard 9 hole golf course overlooking Loch Migdale, call 01863766199. Fishing in the Kyle, Loch Migdale, Shin, Cassley, Oykel and Carron.

Royal Dornoch Golf Club

Royal Dornoch Championship Golf Club

Par 70, SSS 73, 6514 yards. 18 hole links course established in 1877 (although golf has been played here since 1616) described by Tom Watson as 'the best fun I've ever had on a golf course. Call 01862 810219. The Kyle off course plus the Shin, Cassley, Oykel, Carron and Loch Shin.

Loch Broom and the Summer Isles

Ullapool Golf Club

Par 66, SSS 67, 5281 yards 18 hole seaside golf course. New course opened in  1996. Call 01854 613323.

Loch Carron

par 60, SSS 60, 3575 yards par 9. Call 01599 577219.

Loch Lomond

Vale of Leven

Par 67, SSS 66, 5162 yards, parkland course with great views of the loch. Call 01389 752351. Fishing nearby, Loch Lomond, river Leven, the Endrick.

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Reay Golf Club

Par 69, SSS 69, 5831 yards. 18 hole links course 11 miles west of Thurso. Contact WD McIntosh call 01847 811288. Naver at Bettyhill, river Thurso, Reay Forest Estate trout fishing hill lochs.


Loch Ness Golf Course

Par 70, SSS 67, 5907 yards, 18 hole inland course. Call 01463 713335.

Inverness Golf Club

Par 69 SSS 70, 18 holes, 6256 yard. Call 01463 239882. Fishing nearby, river Ness, river Morison, Loch Ness, Loch Ruthven.


Dumfries and County Golf Club

A privately owned course maintained to a high standard bordered on both sides by the river Nith. Par 69, SSS69, 5928 yards. Call 01387 268918. Fishing nearby, Nith, Annan, Border Esk.

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North and South Esk


The venue for the 2007 British Open Golf Championship. Established in 1842, the Carnoustie Golf Club is one of the 10 oldest clubs in the world and there is clear evidence that golf has been played on the links west of Barry Burn since the 15th century. The Carnoustie Golf Club has 3 courses; the Championship course which is one of the toughest golfing challenges anywhere, Burnside and Budden Links. Booking for all three courses call 01241 853789.

The Championship Course

Par 72, SSS 75, 6941 yards.


Par 68, SSS 69, 6020 yards.

Budden Links

Par 66,  SSS 66, 5420 yards.

Edzell Golf Club

Parkland course

Par 71, SSS 71, 6348 yards. Call 01356 648 235. Fishing nearby North and South Esk.

Montrose Golf Links

Classic links where golf has been played since 1562. Ben Crenshaw described it as 'marvellously natural ground which depicts how the game was born' what a compliment. There are two courses, The Medal Course, par 71, SSS 72, 6496 yards. Broomfiels is a par 66, SSS 63  4,800 yard course. For bookings call 01674 671800.  Fishing on North Esk, South Esk, Cowie, Ericht, Isla and Loch Lee.

Orkney Isles

Kirkwall Golf Club

Par 70, SSS 67, 5411 yards par 18 parkland course. Call 01856 872457. There are 6 courses in total on the Orkney isles offering a good variety of venues. Loch and seas fishing throughout the Isles.

Shetland Isles

Shetland Golf Club

Par 68, SSS 68, 5562 yards, 18 hole parkland course in a glen with a river running through it. Play golf at mid night in mid summer! Call 01595 840369. Wild brown trout loch, sea trout in the sea and famous sea fishing in prolific waters.

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Abernethy Golf Club

Par 66 SSS 66, 5068 yards. This 9 hole course in Nethy Bridge represents a challenge to golfer of all skill levels. Call 01479 821305.

Ballindalloch Castle

Ballindalloch Castle Golf Club

6495 yard par 72, SSS 71 course, 18 hole parkland course in stunning Speyside. Call 01807 500305. Beats in the Spey and Avon.

Boat of garten Golf Course

Boat of Garten Golf Club

Par 70, SSS 69, 5876 yards. Established in 1898 this 18 hole heather heath course has a stunning setting. For booking call 01479 831282. Fishing near by, Abernethy club water, Kinchurdy, Kincardine, Grantown Association, Loch Alvie.

Grantown on Spey Golf Club

Established in 1890 this 5710 par 70 SSS 68 is a tough customer set in beautiful location adjacent to Anagach Woods. Call 01479 872079. Fishing nearby, Grantown Association Water, Castle Grant, Abernethy AIA. Kincurdy, Kincardine.

Spey Bay

18 holes 6230 yards par 70. Links course at the mouth of the Spey below Fochabers where dolphins chase salmon in the river mouth and osprey swoop on sea trout.If the course beats you there are great walks, arts and craft shops and the Ice House to visit. Call 01343 820424 for bookings. Fishing near by, the Spey off course - Spey Bay finnock, Fochabers Angling Club, Brae Beat, the Lossie is just up the road and there is some great sea fishing.

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Aberfoyle Golf Club

Described as a "scenic and interesting" the Aberfoyle course is quite short at 5,158 yards. With views to Ben Lomond, Stirling and the Forth Valley the course is easy on the eye, but offers challenges to suit high and low handicap golfers.

The club is informal with a "casual but smart" dress code, a nice club house and for all of that the green fees are very reasonably priced. Just 25 miles from Glasgow and 15 from Stirling it makes for a nice day out.

Call 01877 382493 to book

Google Map 56.174991, -4.362643 Post Code FK8 3UY

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Callander Golf Club

Listed by the Scotsman newspaper as one of Scotland's best, Callander golf course offers diversity, challanges, and stunning views of Ben Ledi and the Trossachs.

The 130 yard 15th is famed as one of the best par 3 in Scotland. A narrow alley betwen trees is just wide enough to squeeze a ball through, just aim for the summit of Ben Ledi, but there isn't a lot of leeway. The 17th is the longest hole 9 yards shot of 500 this hole will give you an appetite to get to number 19.

A round is fairly priced for visitors, under 18 half price and SGU card holders get a 20% discount. October to November they operate an honesty box, £12 in 2019.

Booking is advised in the summer, call 01877 330090.

Google Map 56.244249, -4.205472 Post Code FK17 8EN.

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Dunkeld GC


18 hole. par 66 , 5204 yards, runs alongside the banks of the river Tay, recently extended for 9 to 18 holes. Call 01887 820535. Good base for fishing on the Tay, Lyon, Tummel, Loch Tay and Loch Rannoch.

Dunkeld and Birnam Golf Club

Par 70, SSS 67, 5511 yards. Call 01350 727524. Fishing nearby, the Tay, Tummel, Butterstone Loch.

Kenmore Golf Course

9 hole golf course, par 70, SSS 69, 6052 for 18 holes. Call 01887 830211. Perfect for fishing the Tay and Loch Tay, Dochart and Lyon.

King James VI course in Perth

The oldest in Perth dating from 1858. Par 70, SSS 69, 6038 yards located on Moncrieffe Island in the middle of the river Tay. Reserved for members on Saturday, rounds. For bookings call 01738 632460.There are three other clubs Craigie Hill, par 66, SSS 67, 5386 yards, call 01738 622644; North Insch Municipal, par 68, SSS 68, 5401 yards, call 01738 475215; Murrayshall with two courses, Murrayshall, par 73, SSS 71, 6446 yards and Lynedoch, par 69, 5359 yrards, call 01738 551171.

Taymouth Castle Golf Club

A parkland course in a stunningly beautiful setting near Kenmore. Par 69, SSS 69, 6066 yards. Call 01887 830228. Fishing nearby, Tay, Tummel, Loch Tay, Dochart, Lyon.

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Callander Golf Club

Rated in the top ten golf courses in Scotland by Golf Monthly Callander offers golf in an exceptional setting. Par 66, 5185 yards parkland course. Call 01877 330090.  Fishing nearby, river Teith, Lake of Mentieth, Trossachs lochs, Loch Katrine.



Par 68, SSS 67, 5700 yards parkland course. Call 01835 863587. Fishing Tweed, Teviot, Ettrick and Yarrow, Whitadder, St Marys Loch.


Thurso Golf Course

Par 69, SSS 69, 5853yards, 18 holes. Parkland course founded in 1893, just two miles outside Thurso. Call 01847 893807. River Thurso and the Caithness Limestone lochs including Watten and St Johns Loch.


Pitlochry Golf Club

Parkland over a hilly terrain with beautiful views across the glen. Par 69, SSS 69, 5811 yards. Call 01796 472792. Fishing nearby, Tummel, Tay, Garry, Dunmore Loch, Loch Rannoch.

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Eyemouth Golf Club

Set on the cliffs overlooking St Abbs Head, Eyemouth is the first course in Scotland on the A1. Out of bounds here can mean a long drop down to the north sea! Par 72, SSS 72, 6500 yards. Call 01890 750004. Fishing nearby, Coldingham Loch, the Whiteadder, Blackadder, Tweed.

Peebles Golf Club

Par 70, SSS 70, 6138 yards championship parkland course established in 1892. Call 01721 720197 Fishing nearby, river Tweed.


Wick Golf Course

Par 69, SSS 71, 6123 yards. 18 hole links course founded in 1870 just three miles from Wick. Call 01955 602726. River Wick and the Caithness limestone lochs.


Ellon Golf Club

Pleasant course very near to the Ythan. Approximately 6000 yards par 70. Call 01358 720576 for information. Fishing nearby Ythan, Haddo Fisheries, Mill of Elrick Fishery.

Fyvie Golf Club

Tough little 9 hole course of 2738 yards par 35 in in lovely rural setting. Call Fvyie Golf Club on 01651 891166.

Newburgh Golf Club

Beautiful links course in Newburgh on the Ythan estuary. 6393 yards par 71. Call H Marr on 01358 789084. Beats near by on the Ythan estuary, Don and Dee.