Designed by one of the grand-masters of golf course architecture, James Braid (1870-1950), “The Boat” overlooks the River Spey and is situated within Cairngorm National Park, one of Scotland’s areas of outstanding beauty. The course is not only renowned as a demanding test of sporting skill but also a magnificent setting for the game with the snow clad Cairngorm mountains providing the perfect backdrop.
Braid’s design features 18 completely individual holes, each cleverly and sensitively carved through an undulating birch forest, maximising the landscape and producing a beautiful and challenging course. The 6th hole (The Avenue) is one of the best tests of golf in the north of Scotland with its elevated tee shot to the corner of a dog leg from where an accurate iron shot is required to a demanding green. The picturesque 2nd hole (Urie) was recently included in the Best 100 Golf Holes in Scotland.
Dubbed the “Gleneagles Of The North” Boat Of Garten was voted Best Course In Scotland Under £50 in both 2014 and 2016 (Scottish Golf Tourism Awards) and has been voted Scotland’s No 1 Hidden Gem by readers of Bunkered Magazine.
The Clubhouse offers a warm and friendly welcome while the Club PGA Professional Ross Harrower not only provides tuition but also a well stocked shop. The Club has two Tennis Courts which are available to Members and visitors.
The Boat is easily accessed off the A9 trunk road or can be reached by train to Aviemore and then a short but most enjoyable trip on the local steam railway line to Boat Of Garten. Over the years it has proven to be a very popular stopping off point for golfers en route to the championship courses at Nairn, Castle Stuart and Royal Dornoch.