32. Abernethy. 9th Sep 2015.

Great Fun Highland Golf – but overpriced for just 9 holes.

Round  £25  (£18 for 9).   Par 33.  Value (out of 5) – 2.5

I was a member of Abernethy golf club for many years and the course is my favourite place on earth!  I have had no greater golfing pleasure than playing on my own on a late June evening with the course completely to myself – I have felt the spirit of Shivas Irons.

The war memorial hazard on the long par 3 8th hole.

The war memorial hazard on the long par 3 8th hole.

Abernethy GC is in the village of Nethy Bridge, near Grantown on Spey in the Cairngorms National Park.  Founded in 1893, it is a quintessential Highland 9-hole course –  small “tea room” style clubhouse, open to visitors of all standards, lovely views from natural heathland with majestic trees, and terrifying heather in places.  There is also an abundance of wildlife, so a good course for non-playing partners to accompany golfers around this lovely walk, which, if not busy, will take comfortably less than 1 hours 30 mins to play 9 holes.

Beware cars on the short par 3 2nd hole.

Beware cars on the short par 3 2nd hole.

 

Abernethy is one of those courses where all golfers will feel they should break their handicap;  its short, with many inviting tee shots, and “feels easy”.  However, there are some key reasons why most people won’t break their handicap; the fairways become very tight over 220 yards, the excellent greens are small with many having difficult slopes, plus 3 of the holes – the long par 3s at the 5th and 8th, and the par 4 7th – are amongst the toughest holes in the Highlands.  Off the back tee on the 7th, all bar the longest hitters would be advised to play this hole as a par 5 – the white tee carry being around 250 yards to a dog leg!  

The mighty carry of the 7th drive at Abernethy GC

The mighty carry of the 7th drive at Abernethy GC

The course has got great variety and the small green keeping staff do a good job keeping the course in fantastic condition, with the greens being some of the best in the area.  It’s a great course to play, especially for those on holiday wanting to play a quick and casual game.

The beautiful view of the 6th tee at "nethy"

The beautiful view of the 6th tee at “nethy”

However, in my opinion, the pricing is really a shame and is discouraging anyone wanting to play just a quick 9 holes.  It is £18 for 9 holes, but only £25 for the whole day, with no 18 hole price, hence I’m forced to conclude its not particularly good value – my recommendation would be £13 for 9 and £18 for 18. 

On the day, I got a 5 on the 7th:) – which always makes me happy! 

Some Facts

Course Type: Highland

Par 33 (6 par 4s, 3 par 3s)

Distance (yellow)   2297 yards

Moly’s Gross Score  44

Stableford 17

Moly's Abernethy Scorecard - 44 for 17 stableford points

Moly’s Abernethy Scorecard – 44 for 17 stableford points

About Moly McMillan

Moly McMillan lives in Broughty Ferry on the east coast of Scotland. He is a self employed business consultant and devotes some of his time to achieving his life long ambition - to play every golf hole in Scotland, every single one!
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