World's 15th Oldest Golf Club Offering Life Membership

Fortrose and Rosemarkie Golf Links near Inverness is offering a great deal on life membership at the club

World's 15th Oldest Golf Club Offering Life Membership
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Fortrose and Rosemarkie Golf Links near Inverness is offering a great deal on life membership at the club

World's 15th Oldest Golf Club Offering Life Membership

The Coronavirus pandemic has buckled economies and industries, with golf certainly not immune to that.

Clubs are now into their second months of no green fee, society, pro shop, social and bar revenues so are having to come up with clever ways just to ensure that their facilities can survive once this pandemic is over.

One scheme that we really like is from Fortrose and Rosemarkie Golf Links near Inverness, Scotland, which is offering golfers the chance to become life members of its beautiful links.

The club dates all the way back to 1793 and is recognised as the 15th oldest in the world.

Its course is a challenging links hugging the Moray Forth, with sensational views of the water and cliffs.

It's also near to Inverness airport and other great golf courses like Castle Stuart, Nairn and Royal Dornoch.

For £3000, which is available to those overseas and who live further than 50 miles from the club, golfers can become life members of Fortrose and Rosemarkie.

That might seem a lot of money, which it certainly is, but if used correctly it offers wonderful value.

Some of the benefits aside from full playing rights include some superb reciprocal rights featuring three half price rounds at Royal Dornoch every year as well as membership of the association of James Braid Golf Courses for further discounts, a free lesson, a club logoed shirt, a tie, free buggy use, a free bottle of single malt whisky and a dinner for two.

Here is the full list of the great benefits that life members will receive:

  • Full playing rights (at no additional cost) to play on the links at Fortrose & Rosemarkie Golf Club which is a National Championship Golf Course (10 national championships held since 2010).
  • Play in Club and Open competitions with members and guests at reduced/discounted rates.
  • Sign on Guests at substantially reduced prices.
  • Receive a members’ loyalty/discount card for Pro Shop, Bar & Restaurant Purchases.
  • Play up to 12 other reciprocal golf courses at discounted prices. You will also become a member of the association of James Braid Golf Courses for additional discounts (300+ courses to choose from).
  • Reciprocals
  • Receive a FREE commemorative limited edition bottle of single malt whisky (with the 1793 Club Logo).
  • Receive a FREE lesson with our PGA Qualified Professional when you are here.
  • Receive the FREE use of Golf Buggies when playing on the links if required.
  • Receive a FREE Club logo tie (for gents) or scarf (for ladies) highlighting you as a lifetime member.
  • Receive a FREE special limited edition Club Logo Gold Bag Tag as a lifetime member.
  • Receive a FREE Club Logo Golf Shirt (ordered to suit your fitting requirements).
  • Receive a FREE Club Logo Head Cover.
  • Receive FREE ball tokens to use on the range/practice area whilst you are here at the Club.
  • Receive a FREE 2-Course Meal for you and a guest of your choice in the Chanterelle Restaurant.
  • Did you know that we also have a Dolphin colony which you can be lucky enough to see when playing on holes 1-6? The beach and course was also taken over by the Military in the 1940’s where landing activities were practised on the beaches in preparation for the D-Day landings during World War II.
  • Fortrose & Rosemarkie Golf Club was voted as Scotland’s Best Golfing Experience (value for money) at the Scottish Golf Tourism Awards in both 2017 and 2018

For more information click this link, email the club's secretary - - or phone 01381 620529.

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Elliott Heath
News Editor

Elliott Heath is our News Editor and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016 after graduating with a degree in Sports Journalism. He manages the Golf Monthly news, features, courses and travel sections as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. He covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as four Open Championships on-site including the 150th at St Andrews. His first Open was in 2017 at Royal Birkdale, when he walked inside the ropes with Jordan Spieth during the Texan's memorable Claret Jug triumph. He has played 35 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Western Gailes, Old Head and Turnberry. He has been obsessed with the sport since the age of 8 and currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey, where his handicap index floats anywhere between 2-5. His golfing highlights are making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, shooting an under-par round, playing in the Aramco Team Series on the Ladies European Tour and making his one and only hole-in-one at the age of 15 - a long time ago now!

Elliott is currently playing:

Driver: Titleist TSR4

3 wood: Titleist TSi2 HL

Irons: Mizuno MP-H4 3-iron, Mizuno MP5 4-PW

Wedges: Cleveland RTX ZipCore 50, 54, 58

Putter: Odyssey White Hot OG #5