The golf course was originally 9 holes until around 1900, when it was extended to 18 holes. In 1923 James Braid, five times Open Champion and a prolific designer of golf courses, was invited to visit by the club committee.
This he did in 1924 and for the princely sum of £25 plus travelling expenses, submitted plans for a redesigned 18 hole layout. This was largely implemented as he suggested, and remains mostly unchanged to this day. It remains a fair and challenging test of true links golf.
Gleneagles may be more glamorous, Carnoustie more prestigious. It is Brora which is the most northerly golf memorial to James Braid in his native Scotland.
Brora is also the headquarters of the James Braid Golfing Society, and while its President, Peter Thomson, and fellow member Ronan Rafferty annually enthuse, the club golfer, the bedrock of the game, will derive equal pleasure and satisfaction from Brora's 6211 yards.
Given 194 acres of Scottish links land to work on, what in 1923 was entitled plans is hardly altered. Here the visitor will enjoy the mixture of bent grass and beach sand, burn water and gorse in glorious yellow May bloom.
There is even a railway which comes into play from the tenth tee.
With the exception of the short sixth, the outward nine holes follow the contour of Kintradwell Bay in the foreground, with a backdrop of the Sutherland foothills from Ben Bhraggie to the west, away to the Ord of Caithness in the north-east.
The inward nine holes follow the fence line of the bordering croft land, with out of bounds to concentrate the mind. Of the two short holes, the delightful 13th, Snake, winds back towards the sea, whilst the 18th contains all the concerns of protecting a score against a bunkered green a two hundred yard carry away and under the scrutiny of the clubhouse windows.
Massive well done to Stephanie Bristow, this lady has played so so well over the last 3 days, each day bettering her overall game!! Well done girl!!
1st - Alan Vickery + Stephanie Bristow(4-ball voucher)
2nd - Justin Halfpenny + Kevin Goff (Golf Escapes Holiday)
3rd - Matthew Butel + Matt Burns (£200 MGPT Voucher)
4th - Euan Shearer + Matthew Grzybek (£100 MGPT Voucher)
5th - Richard Housego + David Newman (£50 MGPT Voucher)
Ross Andrew (£30 MGPT Voucher)
Denise Parker (£30 MGPT Voucher)
Nearest The Pins:
6th - Richard Housego (£30 MGPT Voucher)
13th - John Cartledge (£30 MGPT Voucher)
18th - Kevin Goff (£30 MGPT Voucher)
Adam Jackson (£30 MGPT Voucher)
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