“The Hidden Gem of Moray”
Hopeman Golf Club, which is situated on the outskirts of the popular and picturesque Moray village of Hopeman, offers the golfer 18 challenging but fair holes set within stunning coastal scenery. Easily accessed and extremely well maintained, the course features the breathtaking 12th hole par 3 “The Prieshach” which has been rated amongst the top 18 holes in Scotland by various prestigious bodies including Sky Sports.
The modern clubhouse overlooking the 18th green is comfortable and welcoming with a distinctive “family” atmosphere. It offers a number of first class facilities including a well stocked shop and wholesome range of competitively priced snacks and meals.
Any golfer visiting the treasure trove of wonderful golf courses in the North East of Scotland would be well advised to include a round in the reasonably priced, magnificent setting of Hopeman Golf Club.
History and Course
Hopeman Golf Club was founded in 1909 as a nine hole course. In 1985 it was extended to eighteen holes, and today is one of the most demanding links courses in the North of Scotland. Most fairways are jealously guarded by gorse and broom, adding an additional challenge for visitors and members alike.
A burn meanders from the 6th tee and is in play at the 2nd, 7th and 18th holes, while the pond close to the 18th green is a factor in deciding on the approach shot.
Playing the spectacular 12th with its green nestling in the Clashach Cove over 100 feet below the tee, golfers are faced with panoramic views over the Moray Firth and beyond . Bottle nosed dolphins are regularly seen in the waters below.
1999 Open Champion winner and Honorary President of Hopeman Golf Club, Paul Lawrie OBE, describes the hole as
“Hopeman Golf Club holds a special place in my heart and I have so many good memories from my family holidays on the Moray Coast. I spent many happy hours there, learning how to play certain shots and being imaginative on the course which is great fun and has some brilliant holes – the signature Par 3 12th hole, Prieshach, is one of the best of its kind anywhere!”
On Sky Sports 18 Top Scottish holes Paul describes the Prieshach as “Hopeman GC is home to one of the best Par 3s I have ever played. At first look the hole has a very picturesque backdrop with breathtaking views of the open Sea. The layout of the hole itself is special, as it runs straight downhill towards a sunken green surrounded by banks that are covered in whins. No matter what club you go for, once you strike your tee shot the ball hangs in the air for what seems like ages before hitting the green. I used to play the course most weekends as a boy, with my Father and Brother, so have always loved it from my early years.”
As above the Prieshach is often voted into one of the top 18 Scottish holes from various different sources. The Prieshach has featured in 18 Greatest Scottish Golf holes book by Craig Morrison and John Kernick as highlighted by golf.com, but don’t take our word for it come in and play a round yourself!!