Jeremy Ellwood returns to his honeymoon hotel on the Isle of Skye
Skeabost House Stay And Play Review
Isle of Skye Golf Club Par 67, 4,776 yards
Greenfee: £25 per round
This delightful little nine-holer boasts impressive views inland to the mountains and out to sea.
Laid out by Dr Frank Deighton in 1964, the course is well kept and tremendous fun to play, boasting the kind of soft, forgiving turf many golfers find so accommodating.
It starts with a visually stirring par 4 down towards the water and the island of Raasay beyond, before turning right for its toughest test – the 447-yard 2nd, where the shore and out of bounds run all the way along the left. Mercifully, this hole morphs into a par 5 second time round.
Later on, slicers beware, for the shoreline switches to your right as you play the 6th.
A lovely place to play golf… and the weekly ticket is a mere £60!
Also play... Skeabost (skeabosthotel.com) has its own little nine-holer with the last two holes beautifully located by Loch Snizort. Accuracy is the key here, for the fairways are narrow and the greens often fiendishly small.
Skeabost House Hotel
This wasn’t my first visit to Skeabost, for I’d been here on honeymoon 18 years ago!
I’d also returned briefly ten years later, when it was in a bit of a sorry state, so I was delighted to find this former hunting lodge by the River Snizort lovingly restored and back to its very best, having become part of the Sonas Collection hotel group four years ago.
It was the classic Victorian styling and wood panelling that had first attracted me to Skeabost, and that is still there in abundance, but this cosy 18-bedroom hotel now offers the more contemporary Garden Rooms as an alternative.
That mix of old and new spills over into the dining, too, with the traditional wood-panelled main dining and breakfast room complemented by the light and airy West Pier restaurant with glorious views out over Loch Snizort.
Where else… Skeabost is perfectly located for a tour of the spectacular Trotternish Peninsula and the famous Old Man of Storr.
Bed and breakfast at Skeabost House costs from £99 per room until March 31, then from £228. Discounts available at Isle of Skye GC for Skeabost House guests. Golf at Skeabost is free if booked direct with the hotel.
Isle of Skye Golf Club lies on the east coast of Skye at Sconser on the A87. Skeabost House Hotel is 30 minutes away on the A850.
Isle of Skye Golf Club Buggy hire: N/A Power trolley hire: N/A Trolley hire: £2 Club hire: £8 Driving range: No. There is a net Putting green: Yes Short-game area: Yes Pro shop: Yes, small shop Changing rooms: Yes Skeabost House Hotel Wi-Fi: Yes, free throughout Price of a pint: From £4.20
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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. He is an expert on the Rules of Golf having qualified through an R&A course to become a golf referee. He is a senior panelist for Golf Monthly's Top 100 UK & Ireland Course Rankings and has played all of the Top 100 plus 91 of the Next 100, making him well-qualified when it comes to assessing and comparing our premier golf courses. He has now played 1,000 golf courses worldwide in 35 countries, from the humblest of nine-holers in the Scottish Highlands to the very grandest of international golf resorts. He reached the 1,000 mark on his 60th birthday in October 2023 on Vale do Lobo's Ocean course. Put him on a links course anywhere and he will be blissfully content.
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
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