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Wick Golf Club

Address Wick Golf Club, Reiss Links, Wick, Caithness, KW1 4RW
Telephone 01955 602726
Holes Beautiful fairly testing 18-hole traditional links course. The course is playable all year round with rarely any winter tees or greens in operation.
Yardage 6123
SSS 71
Visitors Warm friendly welcome. Visitors are always welcome at the club and, with a few exceptions, can play immediately particularly on weekdays.
Societies Group bookings and corporate days can be arranged by contacting the club.
Green Fees
Summer D per round
Course Designer Founded in 1870, it is the oldest established golf club in the Highlands of Scotland.
Location 3 miles North of Wick in the Highlands of Scotland.
To find Wick Golf Course, one must follow the main road out of Wick for John O'Groats to arrive at the turn off for Reiss Sands
• Clubhouse offering warm hospitality and spectacular views out over the course and coastline.
• The club house can be hired for private functions.
• Catering can be arranged via the secretary.
• Motorised buggies for the disabled available by arrangement / Golf clubs can be hired by prior arrangement
• An area for practising iron shots is available and there is also a practice putting area.
More about the Course There are few bunkers on the course, but a crafty use of ditches and some gentle doglegs makes the round very rewarding. There are many spectacular views around the course with possibly the best saved for the 18th tee, which offers a stunning panorama of Sinclair Bays unspoiled white sands and it's four Historic Castles which overlook the sea.

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I have wanted to play this course for some time now having heard rumours about it and also having a quick look across it a few years ago while on holiday (Mrs. wouldn't let me play that time). So this time on a holiday I made sure I played.
The course is all of what I expected you stand on the first short par 4 thinking this looks easy looking out over what seems to be a reasonably flat links course, a sensible controlled drive up towards the green leaves you a nice little flick in, if you keep it straight on walking this hole you get the feeling this course may be as easy as you first think. You notice as you get away from the clubhouse that the course wasn't so much built but just cut out of the existing links land as all traditional links courses used to be done, not many left now. As you move on getting a feel for the wind which on my day was in the back of my head the land starts to reveal itself with swales, hollows, pot bunkers and rough that just wants to keep your ball even though you can find it quite easily. Out ward 8 very pleasant helping wind making me feel like im striking the ball better than ever all is good, then in great tradition the 9th turns straight towards the north sea and a great looking par 3 with spectacle bunkers guarding the front and dunes all around suddenly bites back. Now your heading home having to carefully ease your ball through the now aggressive wind with some but not much protection from the high sea dune running along the beach, a sliced ball here can end up a long way off the fairway. Some of the best holes are on the back with great views over Sinclair bay and Ackergill tower with raised tees cut into the side of the dunes.
All in all this course is a hole bunch of fun and should be on everyone's list of courses to play as a true representation of a traditional links, but do remember this is a small members club with little money but a lot of passion it is not like the trump course with starters and caddies and cocktails, the clubhouse may not even be open but just sign the book and leave your green fee in the honesty box and have a great day as we did
Mark: 8
Value For Money: Good
adam May 25, 2015

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