Enjoy a Round at Old Moray Golf Course
One of Tom Morris’ masterpieces in Northwest Scotland is the Old Moray Course. Built skirting the southern shores of the Moray of Firth, with a view of the waters from most of the course, Old Moray Course was the first course of the Moray Golf Club which was formed in 1889. A newer course is predictably known as the New Moray Course. Golf was apparently played informally on the grounds next to the courses for many years prior to the club.
Located near the RAF base in the town of Lossiemouth the Old Course is within the boundaries of the town. It also has the continuous distraction and excitement of the RAF planes practicing in the area. This can disturb your concentration but is an added challenge to the already difficult test that the Old Course poses. The rolling fairways and deep bunkers make this gem one of the finest links courses in Scotland. The weather is good enough for one to play a game all year round.
Many of the old members of the Moray Golf Club were distillers and there is still a strong link to single malt whiskey here. A ten year old whiskey is specially bottled for the club! The championship course has been the venue of many amateur and professional competitions and the club has hosted numerous players of international repute.
The 6991 yard par 71 course begins with its opening hole along the shore, followed by series of holes at various angles. In fact the layout of the seaside links is such that the distinctive holes lie in every direction on a compass. The gorse bushes along the fairway and grass covered sand dunes along the shore add to the challenge. Every one of the par 4s is either against the wind or downwind with seven over 400 yards.
You need a lot of strategy as some of the holes permit you to get the ball right on to the smooth fast greens while others call for exact pitch and run shots. The undeniably challenging 18th hole at Old Moray is the culmination of a tough game with its tight bunkering on the left and being out of bounds on the right.