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Boat of Garten

At the time of writing, I have not visited nor played this course. A friend has a house here, and the course is interesting because it is part of The James Braid Golf trail in the highlands of Scotland. The Club began life as a 6 hole course in 1898. There is a book available from the proshop on the history of the Club entitled “A hundred Year at The Boat”.

The town is known as The Osprey Village, and there is a really nice website on the area which can be accessed here: http://www.boatofgarten.com/attractions/#category=&category_condition=&town=Boat+of+Garten&showcategories=0&obsetAccount=vc256678533tee&pxsl1=AttractionResults&PAGE_SIZE=10

This is from the Club’s website: https://www.boatgolf.com/cms/


James Braid was a club maker, professional golfer and course designer who was born in Fife in 1870 and died in London in 1950.

Trained as a carpenter and joiner, he started his golf career on the links course of Elie and moved to London in 1893 to become the club-maker for the Army and Navy Stores.  His first job as a professional was at the Romford Golf Club starting in 1896.  He was runner up in the British Open in 1897 and won the Open at Muirfield in 1901 and won four more Opens at St Andrews in 1905, Muirfield in 1906, Prestwick in 1908 and St. Andrews in 1910.  He also won the PGA Championship in 1903, 1905, 1907 and 1911 as well as the French Open in 1910.

He retired from competitive golf in 1912 and became a renowned golf course architect and regarded as one of the finest ever in his field.  He was responsible for designing over 250 golf courses throughout the British Isles including 101 in Scotland.

He is responsible for the design in all or in part of the courses at Boat of Garten, Inverness, Muir of Ord, Fortrose and Rosemarkie, GolspieBrora and Reay

This is a short description of the Course from the Club’s website: When it comes to golf in the Scottish Highlands, Boat of Garten should be first on every visitor's itinerary.  Designed by one of the grand-masters of golf course architecture, James Braid (1870-1950), “The Boat” is set alongside the River Spey in the heart of the Cairngorms National Park, only 10 minutes drive from the bustling village of Aviemore.   The course is not only renowned as a demanding test of sporting skill but also as a magnificent setting for the game. Braid’s design features 18 completely individual holes, cleverly and sensitively shaped fairways lined by birch trees, heather and broom, maximising the natural landscape and producing a beautiful and challenging course.

Muir of Ord

Old Head of Kinsale