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  • Asta Golf Club near Scalloway, Mainland
    Asta Golf Club, Mainland
  • The UK's most northerly 18 hole at Whalsay Golf Club, Whalsay
    Whalsay Golf Club, Whalsay

Perhaps best known for its ponies and vast seabird population, Shetland is also home to some fantastic golf courses which pose a challenge to all golfing abilities. With its dramatic landscapes and unspoilt coastline, this helps make Shetland a fantastic golfing destination.

All of Shetland’s challenging golf courses boast spectacular scenery of the region’s stunning coastline and idyllic sea views. The three main golf courses each have their own special characteristics and hazards.

Britain’s most northerly golf course at Whalsay Golf Club, is perched on the rugged northern tip of the isle of Whalsay. If you're looking for a golf course that is a little out of the ordinary then look no further. This is a very exposed moorland course with spectacular clifftop scenery. If the wind picks up you can face some tricky shots from the tees. Another unusual feature of the course, is the Whalsay airstrip running along the bottom of the course which requires play to stop for incoming charter flights.

The other 18-hole course in the region, Dale Golf Course at Shetland Golf Club, can be found just outside Lerwick.  The varied and challenging course covers both sides of a dramatic valley, at the head of the sea loch of Dales Voe.

To the west, in the valley of Tingwall, the 9-hole course at Asta Golf Club is a popular spot for locals and visitors alike with its tricky holes and beautiful view of the Loch of Asta.
Further north, in Unst, you can find a small, unofficial golf course among the sand dunes and links at Burrafirth, a spectacular, fjord-like inlet at the north end of the island. There are no facilities or clubhouse but it makes an entertaining practice course.

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