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“Eat your porridge before you play this monster”

Macdonald Spey Valley Championship Golf Course
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: The Spey Valley Championship Golf Course is an 18-hole, par 72 course that meanders through ancient Caledonian pine forests and along the banks of the sparkling River Spey. Some of our holes are famous for their outstanding natural beauty; our 5th hole boasts the longest hole in Scotland (at 635 yards) and our 6th spans a lake which has been adopted as a nesting site by a bird colony. When you reach the 12th at the start of the home stretch, the Spey Valley opens up before you like a film set, whilst the 16th presents a real challenge for even the most experienced golfer. You'll need a long, accurate tee shot to carry the water hazard and the flowering purple heather is standing by to punish a poor shot. However, the most spectacular of all has to be the 18th; with its two bunkers designed to mirror the undulating corries of the mountains beyond, this is our raison d'être.
Reviewed 16 September 2012

Played on my own after getting a late day special price of £40 for the round. Had the course to myself (sad or what) and really took my time as I attempted to play the 7,000 yard track.
Greens were a bit off season, which is fair enough at this time of year. They looked decent and rolled well - no excuses there.
Like a lot of new courses, the turf is still developing, and is patchy in some places. However, in time this will obviously improve.
It was howling and rainy when I played, and if you a high handicap player expeect to take at least half a dozen more shots than usual.
The tees are good quality and although there are a few blind shots, generally the view is good and the line is easy to see. Distances for approaches are a problem though, and I found the markers on the fairways to be of little use (I have played off 1 in the past).
Fairways are reasonable, but hit the ball into the heather (often side by side with the fairway) aand you are dead. Deceased in fact, as I tried to strike a ball with a nine iron from the heather and moved it 15 feet. This was a decent effort.
Bunkers are huge and many, but keep it reasonably straight and you will be fine.
The long walk between one and two and seventeen and eighteen are a pain, but some of the views are quite amazing. I have added one photo of a rainbow which was magnificent to see.
Overall, I think this could be a grower in the long run. If it's windy, it is a monster for the usual club player, but a great test for people who want to try their hand at a pro-length course. Just take plenty of balls.

Thank AndrewfromDundee
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Reviewed 14 September 2012

Played two rounds of this course for the above event. Did not play well, however, thoroughly enjoyed the course. It is in great condition and has views to die for. It is not for the feint hearted though or beginners. Four par threes all around 200yards, one of the par fives is the longest in Scotland at over 600yards and the back nine does not have a par four under 400yards. The only down side is the length of some of the walks between holes making it a tough walk. They missed a trick as well when they never built the clubhouse anywhere near the course and it feels more like a restaurant / pub than a clubhouse (lovely swimming pool though). Would like to play again if i get the opportunity.

Thank James W
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Reviewed 27 July 2012

Visited this course with three others for a 4 hole round of golf. Hire a buggy as there are long walks between holes. Its a beautiful course

Thank 197SEC
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Reviewed 14 July 2012

On our latest stay at Silverglades I again had the pleasure of playing Spey Valley Golf Course. How could you possibly describe such a beautiful course with so many stunning views apart from my simple title above. To the guys there Joe , Murray and Ann , I take my hat off .
Looking forward to playing course again.

2  Thank skiboy_robertson
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Reviewed 25 June 2012

Very nice championship course, excellent views over mountains and valleys, top quality (just before the Challenge tour event). Only downside - a bit slow game.

Thank Konsultants
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