Club History

Muir of Ord Golf Club History

Muir of Ord Golf Club is a typical heathland/moorland course which has steadily improved and lengthened throughout the years.  The course is playable and enjoyable for beginners up to experienced players.  The course is now 5542 yards from the medal tees, 5229 from the yellow tees and 5128 from the ladies tees.  Designed by James Braid, the course dates from 1875 and is divided into two by the Inverness to Wick railway line.  With play increasing over the course, the crossing of the busy road became such a hazard that three new hole were opened, making two very short par 3 hole redundant.  This led to a new 9th, 10th & 11th hole, while the two redundant holes have been turned into practice holes for our junior members.

Unaffected by the changes, however now numbering hole 12 on the course, is perhaps the toughest par 3’s to be found in the north of Scotland.  It measures 214 yards from the medal tees and there is only one place to land your ball, and that is on the green.  There is a wood on the left and thick heather on the right, as well as a greenside bunker.  There is also a dry ditch which runs at an angle across the fairway and to the left of the green.

The 13th, known as ‘’Castle Hill’’ is only 106 yards long, but is played from approximately 100 feet below the green, which is very small and has bunkers front & right.  These will punish approach shots which are too long or too short with a very testing recovery shot.

The finishing hole is a demanding one of 404 yards requiring an accurate approach to an elevated green, with the railway out of bounds on the left.  It is also out of bounds past the green so accuracy is of utmost importance.

We hope that you will enjoy your visit to Muir of Ord Golf Club.