|Views back down the 4th, showing off the fairway shapes.|
|Side view of Brora's par three 6th green (named 'Witch')|
Helmsdale Golf Club
|A panorama of the course from the 9th tee at Helmsdale|
Lybster Golf ClubLybster Golf Club was next, along the coast road that rose and fell like a heartbeat. It was mountains to the left, ocean to the right, the two seemingly joined by the white ribbon of waves. In Lybster, another small town, the Waterlines Museum introduces you to the history of this fishing community and the harbour over which the museum sits.
|The Lybster Waterlines Museum. The sea comes up those steps.|
|Pier and Lighthouse at the end of the harbour.|
It does have one interesting quirk, however... the par three 4th may be the only par three in existence that deceives you... by placing a green directly in your line. Stand on the tee and you will see a flag over some heather. But that's not your green (it's the 6th). The green you want is 40 yards directly behind.
|Look closely and you will see a red flag. You are now on the 4th tee. |
Look more closely and you will see a red flag beyond (just to the right)...
that's the green you're playing to.
The Hill O Many StanesHaving had my fill of the golf courses I headed on towards Wick, a larger town on the east coast. How large? you ask. It has a Tesco and a Lidl, and two curry houses. But before I got there, I had one stop I had been looking forward to making. The Hill O' Many Stanes sits off the road, a quarter mile up a track. It is exactly what it says it is... a hill of many stones. Planted in 22 rows, 196 flagstones rise out of the earth. They are not tall, or huge, but their reason for being is still unknown. They may have been buried to commemorate loved ones, some 3,000-4,000 years ago, or to signify burial plots of slain Picts... either way, the place has a serene calm to it and the setting is beautiful.
|The Hill O Many Stanes|
Next up, is Wick Golf Club... but I have to be honest and say that there are bigger things in the near future: there is a faint hint of some Northern Lights tomorrow night, and I'll be as far north on the UK mainland as it is possible to get.