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Five-times Open Champion, Peter Thompson describes Brora as, “The purest links golf course in the world” and Robin Wilson at Scottish Golf View writes, “Brora Ranked No 9 in Britain’s Value For Money Courses.”
And the good news for those people venturing to the Scottish Highlands to play the more expensive Castle Stuart and Royal Dornoch, “Yet even better news for the golfers who choose Brora is that last season's green fee of £45 which brought the club a record income of £120,000 has been retained for 2012.”
The people at Golf Nook Scotland do a good job of covering Brora and there’s some great photographs.
“When you drive into the parking lot of Brora Golf Club and see the simple clubhouse, you may be tempted not to expect too much. But get out of the car, take a good look at the finishing hole, then walk over to the first and take a gander at that beauty. If you don't feel your pulse rate increase, better sell your golf clubs and take up tennis because links golf in Scotland doesn't get any better than this. Perhaps you've never heard of Brora, yet it's been a favourite of golfers for years, especially among golfers traveling independently.”
Having been there done that at Brora and with still lots of courses left on my must play list. I was particularly interested in, “The magazine (National Club Golfer) lists Shiskine as best value for money at number twenty nine and a green fee of just £20. It might just cost you that little bit more to get to Arran for the twelve holes on offer, but then if you have just come off the Wentworth course where you would have stumped out £360 last summer then the flight to Arran should not be too much of a worry.”
There’s also a regular ferry service for those of us not in a hurry to play this wee course which in 2005 was included in the Top 100 Golf Courses in the World by Britain’s Golf World magazine.
Shiskine is a rarity in that there’s only 12 holes and being typical of olde world Scottish courses most of the holes include blind shots and sometimes for both the tee and second shots.
Here’s the link to Robin and Golf Nook  

Quote of the Day

“Anyone playing the well-known courses of Western Scotland, Turnberry, Royal Troon and Prestwick, will be within easy striking distance of Shiskine, located at Blackwaterfoot on the picturesque Isle of Arran. This is a one of a kind golfing jewel that has managed to escape everyone’s attention until now. Will the fame that comes with making it to The Best 100 Courses in the World change things? Let’s hope not. “– David Brice at

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