Scotland is The Home of Golf. This great game has been played on these shores for centuries and golf balls have been hit round Scotland’s north-east coast for nearly as long as in any other part of the country. Today, north-east Scotland boasts over 70 golf courses. From stunning links courses to magnificent inland ones, there are plenty to choose from.

The Banffshire Coast is the only place in Scotland to boast two royal golf courses in such close proximity of each other; Royal Tarlair in MacDuff and Duff House Royal in Banff.

Duff House Royal was planned by James Briad in 1910 before Alister Mackenzie redesigned it in 1923. It is a flat, beautifully manicured parkland course with little rough and big two-tiered greens. There are no steep hills on the undulating fairways and few blind approach spots. Two feature holes are the seventh, a 460-yard par four along the River Deveron to a sloping green and the attractive par-three 172-yard ninth with the river on the left and bunkers around the green.

Commanding panoramic views across Scotland’s dramatic north east coast, the cliff top parkland of Royal Tarlair is one of the most scenic courses Banffshire has to offer. The Royal Tarlair Golf Club was founded by local fisherman at the start of the 20th century and has been playing over the present-day course since 1923.

A par-71, measuring 5866 yards, Royal Tarlair follows the contours of the sheer Banffshire coast as it winds around punishing gorse bushes. Visitors are warned to steel their nerve for the challenge that lies ahead at the short par-3 13th hole, which demands an exact shot to a green across the rugged coastline. A deft touch with the short stick is required to prevail over putting surfaces that slope and borrow sharply.

For a relaxing break playing golf call the hotel direct for our golf packages – included in the package will be rounds of golf, dinner and accommodation