Heart of Speyside
Dufftown Golf Course in the heart of glorious Speyside boasts rolling fairways lined with heather. The dramatic 10th at Dufftown - called Glenfiddich - is a popular favourite.
Due to the concentration of distilleries in and around Dufftown, it has become known as the 'Malt Whisky Capital of the World'. Don’t miss The Balvenie, which is one of the few remaining distilleries with its own malting floors, Glenfiddich and the fantastic Speyside Cooperage, where skilled craftsmen create whisky casks.
Glen Moray in Elgin is one of eight distilleries along the Malt Whisky Trail. Elgin Golf Course is an immaculate heathland affair while the nearby Old Course at Moray Golf Club in Lossiemouth is a classic links boasting possibly the finest finishing hole in Scotland. Many of the early members of Moray Golf Club were local distillers. Since 1900, the club has purchased a hogshead (a 225-litre cask) of whisky annually, and the current “club malt” is Macallan 10-year-old single malt.
A dram and James Braid
Over on the Black Isle, Fortrose & Rosemarkie Golf Gourse counts as one of James Braid’s most remarkable design achievements. After a game, relax with a dram at the area’s two distilleries, Glen Ord and The Dalmore.
Venture further north and play Tain Golf Course before popping by Glenmorangie Distillery, or visit the nearby Balblair, one of Scotland’s oldest working distilleries.
Keep heading up the coast until you reach Royal Dornoch, where you’ll find the legendary links course described by Tom Watson as ‘the most fun I’ve ever had on a golf course’.
A few miles north is James Braid’s seaside classic of Brora which offers a bracing challenge. It is a firm favourite of five times Open champion Peter Thomson who is president of the James Braid Golfing Society, whose headquarters are at Brora.
And when your final round is complete, sit back with a dram of Clynelish, the local malt whose unique maritime character is highly regarded by the experts.
Islay island distilleries
A whisky region in its own right, the island of Islay off Scotland’s west coast is home to eight distilleries, including Bunnahabhain, Bruichladdich and Lagavulin. Follow a round on Machrie Golf Links, a traditional course with breathtaking dunes and stunning views of Laggan Bay, with a distillery tour or masterclass.
World-famous whiskies such as Bowmore, Laphroaig and Ardbeg are produced on Islay, all of them heavily flavoured by the island’s peat. At Bowmore, the island’s oldest distillery, you can see the whole process, from malting the barley and using the mash tun, to distilling in stills, maturing in casks and then pouring in to your glass.