|Tain's 12th hole is sponsored by the local (and highly acclaimed)|
there’s a carved statue of the course’s designer: Old Tom Morris. Three words that fill links enthusiasts like myself with a burst of enthusiasm. Back in the days that Old Tom was designing courses, there was no big movement of earth. No, you worked with what was there, which is why Tain is so wonderfully natural. Acres of bumps and humps and hollows, small rises to greens… and big rises, too.
|The dogleg 9th at Tain. A short hole that doglegs sharply right. Put|
that Driver back in the bag.
|the Index 1 14th at Tain Golf Club|
|Showing off the shapes of Tain's fairways (15th hole)|
|The Alps hole. The green sits immediately behind those two distant dunes.|
|The entrance to the club - carved stomps and Old Tom Morris.|
|Tain's clubhouse and 18th green|
|Interesting shapes on the approach to Tarbat's 6th hole. The graveyard|
behind contains the church which is home to the Tarbat Discovery Centre.
Tarbat Golf ClubThe afternoon was going to be split between Tarbat Golf Club, and the Tarbat Discovery Centre, both in Portmahomack, a small village on the sea, 13 miles east of Tain. The village is squeezed between the bay and a steep hill that rises immediately behind it. Go to the top of this hill and you’ll find Tarbat Golf Club. It’s nine holes so I wasn’t expecting much, but it packs some punch. There’s only one greenkeeper – Mike Key – and he’s been pushing the course along for a decade.
|Tarbat's 8th hole, green to tee (and clubhouse... the white |
building, centre left)
|The Shandwick Stone. This is the original stone slab, now encased in glass |
to protect it from the elements. It has been here for well over 1,000 years
Tarbat Discovery Centre
|A little bit of education.|
|This second stone slab - the Hilton-of-Cadboll Stone - is a replica. The|
original is now in the National Museum, Edinburgh