Brora Golf Club

4.4444000000 4.4 stars from 5 (9)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 70
  • Length: 6211 yards
  • Layout

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes
Pull-carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes
Caddies: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes

Policies

Walking allowed: Yes
Dress code: No formal code but visitors are asked to dress smartly on the course and in the clubhouse.

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
White 70 6211 yards N/A N/A
Yellow 70 5951 yards N/A N/A
Red 71 5273 yards N/A N/A

Designed by James Braid, Brora Golf Club hasn't changed much since the revered golf course architect left the grounds in 1923. It remains a traditional links layout measuring 6,156 yards from the tips.

The golf course, home to the James Braid Golfing Society, unfolds over 194 acres of land. Golfers will enjoy the mixture of bent grass and beach sand - and be wise to keep an eye out for the railway that comes into pay on the 10-th tee.

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 4.4 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 4.0 stars from 5
Value: 4.7 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 3.8 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 3.2 stars from 5
Course Layout: No ratings so far
Course Conditions: 3.9 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 9 Reviews
5 stars:
4
4 stars:
5
3 stars:
0
2 stars:
0
1 stars:
0

recommend this course

9 out of 9 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is worth the drive   Great for wildlife/ scenic views  

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Reviews


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"Quirky"


fjgjgnfnri's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  Don't know

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/10/2015
Previously played Played with a group Walked Played 18 holes Good weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Lovely course in a great setting. Quite a few blind tee shots. Takes a bit of getting used to the sheep & cows wandering all over the place and the electric wires circling every green that are there to, presumably, keep the livestock off of them. Bit of a slow round due to being stuck behind 2 pedestrian 4 balls but it didn't really matter. Greens in great nick and the Golf Now Hot Deal price we paid was an absolute steal.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"A true links in the Highlands"


JasonDeeganGA's avatar
Golf Advisor
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/01/2015
First time playing Paired up at course Walked Played 18 holes Average weather

Reviewed on

The bucket-listers can chase Royal Dornoch all they want. I'll take the 6,200-yard Brora instead. The front nine roams right along the sea, ending at the most scenic spot on the course, the par-3 ninth hole. The back nine returns to the clubhouse on slightly higher ground, so the water views are still present. Sheep and cattle share the fairways. They're the reason for the electric fences around the greens. A burn flows through multiple holes, keeping things interesting. As for playability, the rough in the dunes is demanding but fair. You can always find your ball. Brora is beautiful.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Brora Golf"


Santee's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/30/2014
Previously played Played with a group Walked Played 18 holes Good weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Worth the drive to Brora...mainly a walkers course ...tough to see the next fairway and where to land the ball but that's what makes it challenging...imperative to get a course guide book...can be windy so choose a calm day if possible.<br/> Relax take your time and enjoy the course, scenery etc.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Watch out for the livestock!"


u316441560's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once every three months

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/24/2014
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

First time I have played amongst sheep and cattle, greens fenced to keep them off!

Greens were in good condition, fairways true links style, wind was benign on the day but can imagine the course has a nasty side when wind blows.

Lots of interesting holes and testing long pars 4s.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"A wonderful test of golf"


Grahamjackson301051's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  20-24

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/19/2014
First time playing Played with a group Walked Played 18 holes Poor weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This is a great links couse as difficult s any other links course includiing some more expensive and well known ones.<br/> The weather was bad, wind and rain so very testing.<br/> Sharing the course with grazing sheep and cows adds to the interest too.

A great course and a great round of golf.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Must Play in the Highlands"


JeffArenson's avatar
Top 50 Contributor
Denver Advisor
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/24/2014
First time playing Played as a single Walked Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

If you are up in the Highlands to play Dornoch, then you need to warm up at Brora. This is a delightful seaside links. The links play fast and firm. The par 3s are memorable and have about a 4 club difference. The par 5 eleventh with a burn in front of the green was memorable. The majority of the front nine plays along the sea and there is not any out of bounds. If you want/need to play from the beach, then you can.

Yes, you will play among livestock, yes the links is classic outward nine in one direction and inward nine the other; however, Brora is a charming seaside links with a nice variation in the length of holes. The back nine is the better of the two (despite being inland). Clubhouse was welcoming as well as the locals at the 19th hole. You can watch people come in from the clubhouse. Sunrises must be amazing here.

The pace of play was spectacular-just under 3 hours. Overshadowed by Dornoch, I would still recommend coming here-you won't regret it.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"What a links value."


golfwithbob's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/10/2014
First time playing Played with a group Walked Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

It was the first time playing this course. We picked it as a warm up course for Royal Dornoch. The experience was excellent. The weather was perfect and the course was in great condition. Right along the ocean with great views. I will return.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"True links golf"


Hermansipad's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/15/2014
First time playing Played with a group Walked Played 18 holes Good weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

True links golf with sea on the right on first nine holes but never in play. No big sand dunes but the course undulates and you get the odd bounce here and there. The 7th hole has a burn across the front of the green and is an excellent hole as is the par 3 9th which plays down to the beach.<br/> Back nine holes were very slow as we caught up people using caddies.<br/> Can't comment about the 19th hole as we didn't go in, I think this was due to a combination of the slow play on the back nine and the unhelpful person in the pro shop when we arrived. He didn't seem to care if we had come to play the course or not.<br/> Beware of the greens, if you are short you roll off, if you are long you roll off, they are a great challenge.<br/> Enjoyed the course and would play it again.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Challenging greens"


Hermansipad's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/15/2014
First time playing Played with a group Walked Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

I hope the man in the pro shop was having a bad day as I would like to think he was normally more pleasant.<br/> We set off behind two three balls and were enjoying the challenges of the course. particularly the greens - dont be short and don't be long on them. The pace of play was good and there were no hold ups until we got to 11th hole when there were three groups on the hole, ourselves, one of the three balls in front of us and a different three ball. We then waited on every shot until the 18th and on the 13th we sat on the tee for about 1/2 hour!<br/> Overall the course was in good condition and the greens excellent if a tad slow but if like me you have issues with links courses where you do not know where the fairway is from the tee then you may not enjoy the challenge.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



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