'A Warm Welcome Awaits You'
Strathpeffer Spa Golf Club was founded as far back as 1888. It lies in Ulladale on the Cromartie Estate within walking distance from the village centre. The original course was played over 9 holes and laid out by Willie Park (Jr.), a professional from Mussleburgh who won the Open Championship twice in 1887 and 1889 and interestingly his father won the Open 4 times in 1860, 1863, 1866 and 1875.
At the turn of the century the Club decided to extend to 18 holes. Tom Morris of St.Andrews “the grand old man of golf” was brought in specially to lay it out. Further improvements were in hand with the redesigning of the inward half in 1907-08 although the location of the greens is virtually unaltered since then.
The origins of the Strathpeffer Spa Golf Club were well founded by famous names of the past.
On September 12th 1907 Arnaud Massey who won the Open Championship at Hoylake played two exhibitions matches against Sandy Herd (Open Winner in 1902) with Herd beating the Champion by 5 and 4 and 2 and 1 and creating a course record of 66. The last recorded event over the original 18 holes.
Harry Vardon visited the course in 1908, a six times winner of the Open between 1896 and 1914 and the U.S. Open in 1900 and introduced the pot bunkers which were later filled in. J.H.Taylor another 5 times Open Champion also graced the fairways of Strathpeffer.
In 1984 an old peat bog at the 10th hole was excavated to provide a pond for irrigating the greens.
Today, with a total yardage of 5001 yards and 7 par 3’s, when you stand on the 1st tee you might imagine an easy round and a birdie blitz beckoning but you will quickly discover that Old Tom knew a thing or two about course design.
After your round the Clubhouse beckons where you will find a traditional Scottish welcome and some good cooking with a cool beer or a drop of something stiffer to help you recover. Reflect in the comfort of the Clubhouse on a round which we hope you will have enjoyed and start planning your next visit.