James Braid's most northerly course
A hidden gem for golfers on the North Coast 500
On the edge of Sandside Bay, Reay Golf Club is a classic 18-hole links course, offering amazing views over the Pentland Firth and North Atlantic. It’s one of only a handful of clubs in the north of Scotland to be designed by James Braid, renowned golf course architect. Braid laid 12 holes here in 1933, and it is his most northerly course. Open and exposed to the elements, this is a challenging yet rewarding course to play. Open to members and visitors all year round.
The club was founded in 1893 by the Pilkington family of Sandside, with a clubhouse to follow in 1899. The original 12 hole course was completely redesigned in 1933, with recommendations from James Braid. However, the club closed in 1940, due to a decline in population in the area. Re-opening 22 years later, as the community grew once more, and expanding with a new clubhouse and further 6 holes. Since 2017, the club is community-owned, with lots of exciting plans for the future.
Back to Wick and Mackays Hotel for a couple of nights. And not disappointed, as before, a lovely friendly welcome from the proprietor and given the room above the shortest street in the world (Ebeneezer Place, see Guinness Book of Records). Room splendid, food great, beer excellent, wine ditto, pleasant and helpful. Will be back again soon, a real home from home. Thanks to the Lamont family!
Reay Golf Club is located on the edge of the remote Sandside Bay near Thurso. Therefore making it the most northerly James Braid Course.
Golf in the north of Scotland
Experience the James Braid Highland Golf Trail
Reay Golf Club is part of the James Braid Highland Golf Trail. Created for golfers who wish to discover a variety of courses over the north of Scotland, all designed in part or full by James Braid. The Scottish golfer and golf course architect who became renowned across the world for his impressive designs. The seven courses on the trail are: Reay, Brora, Golspie, Fortrose and Rosemarkie, Muir of Ord, Inverness and Boat of Garten.
Book a Tee Time
Open to both visitors and members
To reserve a slot to play at Reay Golf Club, visit the website and book online here. The course is open year round to members and visitors. Due to its remote location, the course is usually quiet, making it one of the hidden gems in the north of Scotland.