Spey Valley Golf Course Review

GF Round: £35 to £75 (prices per person are reduced for three-ball and four-ball)
Through 72 7,017 yards
Slope 140
Director General’s Verdict – A great golf course with one of the best backdrops in the UK, flanking the Spey from the start and playing against a glorious backdrop of the Cairngorms.
favorite hole – The long par-3 16th plays north 200 yards past a copse and across the same stretch of water that also borders the 15th hole.

Spey Valley Golf Course - 16th Hole

Looking across the green on the par-3 from the 16th to the 15th hole beyond

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Playing golf in Scotland is a real pleasure for many golfers. For many, the bigger the north the better in terms of scenery, and many of Scotland’s best golf courses are found in its northern part. The Moray Speyside area may not be as far north as you can go, but it is an area blessed with an enviable variety of courses ranging from lovely inland layouts like Boat of Garten to refined Moray links at Lossiemouth.

Spey Valley Golf Course - 18th Hole

18th hole backdrops are no better than Spey Valley

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Glorious backdrops abound, and nowhere is that truer than in the mighty Spey Valley, a Dave Thomas creation that opened in 2006 at Macdonald’s Aviemore Resort and ranks among the best places to golf in Speyside. This is Speyside golf on a slightly larger scale, right next to the river itself, which appears to separate the 1st and 18th holes from the main body of the course, although in reality you never cross the river as it turns away at a right angle as you head from the 1st green to the 2nd tee.

Spey Valley Golf Course - 6th Hole

There is heather and water near the 6th green

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You stay close to it for a while until you venture further past the demanding long par-3 4th and epically long par-5 5th that extends 635 yards from the tips. From here the course plays out across majestic rolling terrain, with heather, trees and large bunkers the main opponents for much of the round until the 15th, where a large lake awaits whatever is pushed to The approach. The dreadfully long par-3 16th then closely flanks the other side of this same lake.

Spey Valley Golf Course - 16th Hole

The 16 is a long par 3 test on the water along the stretch

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The European Challenge Tour visited Spey Valley ten times from 2009 to 2018, with a certain Brooks Koepka winning by three in 2013, four years before embarking on his multiple Major-winning exploits. The length certainly makes it a unique challenge in the region, a length that will only be exaggerated if you are playing in soft ground conditions, so choose your tees wisely if you want to get the most enjoyment out of your game in this setting. more moving.