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The Castle Stuart Golf Links in the Highlands of Scotland, will, for the third time in a row, host this week’s Scottish Open.

The Castle Stuart Golf Links in the Highlands of Scotland, will, for the third time in a row, host this week’s Scottish Open.

It will be the seventh course to host this prestigious Scottish event since it was first established in 1972.

Castle Stuart will follow in the footsteps of Downfield, St Andrews, Haggs Castle, Gleneagles, Carnoustie and the Loch Lomond Golf Club which has hosted the championship for the past 15 years.

The championship links course, located between Inverness and Nairn and overlooking the Moray Firth, was co-designed by Gil Hanse and Mark Parsinen, who was also responsible for the design of the famous Kingsbarns course in Fife.

Having only opened in July 2009, Castle Stuart Links has already received worldwide praise and was voted ‘Best New Course in 2009’ by Golf Magazine USA.

This week’s event there is to be followed next week by the 142nd Open Championship, the third major of the golf season, at Muirfield.

Sponsored by Aberdeen Asset Management, this week’s event at Castle Stuart Links as always has attracted a strong field anbd interest is so high that all four days will be broadcast live by Sky Sports and BBC Television.

The resort includes a small luxury Hotel and Spa, ‘resort-ownership’ Lodges and Apartments, plus a second Seaside Course.

In addition there are many fine, well-established hotels and other forms of accommodation in the area and it is Castle Stuart’s goal to add to the rich fabric of golf in the Scottish Highlands – a fabric already enriched by Royal Dornoch, Nairn, Brora and the many of the other fine golf clubs in the region.

THE CLUBHOUSE”

The ‘art deco’ design emphasises a desire to present, what many consider, stunning views over the Moray Firth from each of the three floors of the clubhouse.

The ground floor is organised around views from the golf shop, restaurant and bar and provides easy access to a patio overlooking the practice putting green and the Moray Firth. The second floor locker rooms and ‘wrap around balcony’ are also conceived with the panoramic views in mind. The third floor comprises a lounge and dining area with a balcony available for private use.

THE COURSE:

The new home of the Barclays Scottish Open Championship, which overlooks the Moray Firth and well-known landmarks like the Kessock Bridge and Chanonry Lighthouse that are synonymous with Inverness and the Black Isle, offers some breathtaking views.

The Club’s official website says: “As Scotland is regarded as the home of golf; as Turnberry is to Ayrshire and Gleneagles is to Perthshire, Castle Stuart has been conceived to be for the Highlands – a beacon reaching out to golfers throughout the world.”

This stunning new two-year-old Championship links course that provides what the owners describe as “a visual experience like no other in golf” has been selected partly to heed the growing call from players of all nations to stage the curtain raiser to the third Major of the year, The Open Championship, on a classic British links course so as to ready them for their big battle to come.

Castle Stuart will certainly do that and more

TOUR OF THE COURSE:

To get a good idea of what Castle Stuart Golf Links is all about, you can take a tour of this unusual and exciting course, make a flyover or see a scorecard courtesy of Castle Stuart’s official website by clicking here

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