Isle of Harris Golf Club Course Review

The Isle of Harris Golf Club's cracking little nine-holer provides one of the most magical settings for a game in the whole of the UK&I

Isle of Harris Golf Club - general view
On a fine day, the setting at Scarista on the west coast of Harris is hard to beat
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Isle of Harris Golf Club Course Review

GF 9 holes: £16; Full day: £26
Par 68, 4,834 yards (two loops of nine)
Slope 111
GM Verdict – A simply magical setting for a game of golf on the west coast of Harris in the Outer Hebrides, which is guaranteed to raise a smile.
Favourite Hole – The 6th – a short, blind par 4 with a bit of a left-to-right kink playing straight towards the beach. Two hidden bunkers await anything leaking weakly right.

Isle of Harris Golf Club - general view

Visual drama and fun golf is the order of the day at Harris

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This beautiful nine-holer on the west coast of Harris in the Outer Hebrides looks out over Taransay, the island made famous in 2000 by the BBC’s social experiment programme, Castaway. Golf was once played a little further down the west Harris coast, but the club, which dates back to the 1930s, has been at Scarista since 1985 and ranks among the best nine-holers in the UK. As at many of our best island courses, the setting is simply magical. There can be few golf courses anywhere that better conjure up that ‘wonderful to be alive’ feeling on a fine day. It really is fun golf at its very best, yet not to be treated too lightly whether or not the wind is blowing 

Isle of Harris Golf Club - general view

The setting is still magnificent even when the elements turn a little moodier

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It is understandably relatively modest in nature, stretching to under 4,900 yards for two loops, but all the better for it. The setting is simply heavenly, but don’t get any ideas about a Sunday round, for in this ‘off-the-beaten-track’ world, playing our great game on The Sabbath is still prohibited.

Isle of Harris Golf Club - general view

There are views out over the Sound of Taransay from every hole

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While some may be pressing to get that overturned at Stornoway Golf Club an hour to the north on Lewis in the quest to make the islands a more appealing weekend golfing getaway for visitors, there appear to be no such moves afoot at Harris where everyone seems quite happy with the status quo. You can, however, enjoy life membership for around about the same price (£350) as a peak-season round on Trump Turnberry’s Ailsa Course!

Isle of Harris Golf Club - 9th hole

Even at a mere 349 yards, the 9th is the longest of the five par 4s

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The course features three cracking par 3s, five short par 4s (the longest is just 349 yards) and a solitary par 5 in the middle. The 6th may just be the best hole and a great birdie chance if you can find the right line to a hidden green as you drive straight towards the beach. But truth is, you’ll probably be too mesmerised by the views, setting and ambience to be overly concerned about the architectural merits or otherwise of the holes you’re playing. On a fine day, opt for the day rate and just keep going round to your heart’s content!

 

 

Jeremy Ellwood
Jeremy Ellwood

Jeremy Ellwood has worked in the golf industry since 1993 and for Golf Monthly since 2002 when he started out as equipment editor. He is now a freelance journalist writing mainly for Golf Monthly across the whole spectrum from courses and Rules to equipment and even instruction despite his own somewhat iffy swing (he knows how to do it, but just can't do it himself). He also edits The Golf Club Secretary Newsletter, has authored or co-authored three books and written for a number of national papers including The Telegraph and The Independent. He is a senior panelist for Golf Monthly's Top 100 UK & Ireland Course Rankings and has played all of the Top 100 plus 89 of the Next 100. He has played well over 900 courses worldwide in 35 countries, but put him on a links course anywhere and he will be blissfully content. On his first trip to Abu Dhabi a decade ago he foolishly asked Paul Casey what sort of a record he had around the course there. "Well, I've won it twice if that's what you mean!" came the reply...

Jezz can be contacted via Twitter - @JezzEllwoodGolf


Jeremy is currently playing...

Driver: Ping G425 LST 10.5˚ (draw setting), Mitsubishi Tensei AV Orange 55 S shaft

3 wood: Ping G425 Max 15˚ (set to flat +1), Mitsubishi Tensei AV Orange 65 S shaft

Hybrid: Ping G425 17˚, Mitsubishi Tensei CK Pro Orange 80 S shaft

Irons 3-PW: Ping i525, True Temper Dynamic Gold 105 R300 shafts

Wedges: Ping Glide 4.0 50˚ and 54˚, 12˚ bounce, True Temper Dynamic Gold 105 R300 shafts

Putter: Ping Fetch 2021 model, 33in shaft (set flat 2)

Ball: Varies but mostly now TaylorMade Tour Response