Reay Golf Club
Play a round at Reay Golf Club, part of the James Braid Highland Golf Trail. a classic 18-hole links course, offering amazing views over the Pentland Firth and North Atlantic.

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.

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Course history

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.


Whenever we are up here, there’s only one hotel that we stay in! Murray, and his team, always make every guest feel so at home. The rooms are cosy, hotel well situated, by the river, and the restaurant and bar are fab. Excellent food and a great selection of drinks. Even with the covid restrictions, our stay was still lovely and we will definitely be back!

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Sandside Bay

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.

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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.

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.

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