Lybster Golf Club
This friendly golf club is one of the shortest in Scotland, laid out across just 15 acres of land. Although short, it is a challenging course, suitable for a range of abilities.
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Play at Lybster Golf Club in Caithness

One of Scotland's shortest 9-hole courses

Around 20 minutes’ drive south west of Wick, Lybster Golf Club is known for having one of the shortest golf courses around. The 9-hole heathland course has holes ranging from 318 yards to 90 yards. Which means you’re never far from the club house. And although short, it is a challenging course. Visitors are welcome to the club, and you don’t need to book a tee time. Just turn up when you’re ready to play!

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The course

This is a short but challenging 9-hole course, suitable for a range of abilities. The course is based on heathland with heather-bordered fairways, and offers great views over the Moray Firth. There is also a pro shop and clubhouse on site.


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Harbour at Lybster village, Caithness
Lighthouse at Lybster Harbour

Visiting Lybster

Lybster is an old fishing village and harbour in Caithness, which lies along the John O’Groats Trail. In addition to the golf club, you can also visit the Waterlines Heritage Centre, with a museum, exhibition area and café. Interestingly, Lybster Harbour has been used as a filming location for the Netflix drama, The Crown.

History of the club

Over a century of golfing history

The club dates back to at least the early 20th century, when it lay on land known locally as Black Park. In 1904, it moved location to make way for the new Wick and Lybster Railway. Its new spot was at Reisgill Burn, to the south of the village. However, it moved back to its original location in 1926, where it was formally established, and it has remained here ever since. In the 1970s, the railway ticket office became the new clubhouse. The club logo is a steam train, as a nod to its ties with the railway.

Turn up and play

Open to both visitors and members

The club is open to all. There is no need to book a tee time, just turn up and play. You can find more information on the Lybster Golf Club website.

Find more golf clubs in the far north of Scotland, and check out lots of other great things to do near Wick in our See and Do Guide.

Golf balls lying on the grass