THE COURSE AND ITS HISTORY
Originally a nine hole course, extended in 1985 making it probably 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 to members and visitors alike.
The 517 yard 4th par 5 has recently been changed to a dogleg by selective tree planting. Many new bunkers have recently been added and the course lengthened. A new pond or water retention area has also been constructed in front of the 6th tee.
Having played 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. Paul Lawrie described this hole as probably the best par 3 he has ever played. Many golfers standing on this tee have seen the local dolphins having fun in the firth below.
The bloom on the gorse and broom during the summer months is an added attraction throughout the course.
Visitors are especially welcome although booking at weekends is recommended. Golf buggies, trolleys and clubs are available for hire at the shop where golf fees can be paid. We have a friendly clubhouse with an excellent bar and catering facilities available all year. There are special rates for societies with catering packages to suit everyone.
For the Family:
Hopeman has beautiful, safe sandy beaches, popular with ramblers and has a caravan site and restaurant within the village.
During our Centenary year in 2009, Paul Lawrie MBE ( now OBE) kindly agreed to accept the position of Honorary President of Hopeman Golf Club. On this occasion he presented us with a signed and annotated photograph of the Prieshach taken by club member John Clark. In the same year, Honorary Membership was granted to Albert Mackenzie who also cut his golfing teeth on Hopeman’s fairways.
The citations below set out the detail of these awards, unique in our club’s history. The Prieshach photograph and Paul Lawrie’s comment speaks for itself.