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Barra Golf Club

Address Barra Golf Club, Cleat, Castlebay, Isle of Barra,
Telephone Club 01871 810591
Holes 9-hole links course with "with fantastic views over the Atlantic Ocean"
Yardage 2396
SSS 68
Visitors Unrestricted
Societies Arrange with Secretary
Green Fees
Daily fee - A
Course Designer Established in 1992.
Location Overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, 6m N of Castlebay, the most westerly golf course in the UK
Facilities Trolleys / Clubs for hire

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Just read the review and wanted to offer a different take on it. I know it was 2008 but I'm a slow reader. Simply couldn't agree less. Played it the previous year, 2007, with 4 or 5 clubs in a pencil bag. Most of what the reviewer says is absolutely correct, although the greens were definitely puttable(?).
Struggled to find where to go, never did find the 6th tee, lost a dozen golf balls (at least) one or two down the middle of the fairways, it's the wild flowers that confused me. So what? It was truly fabulous. One of the best golfing experiences I've had. Real golf, breathtaking views, just wonderful, makes you glad to be alive. Accept it's a bit of a problem for the manicured, corporate, couldn't possibly play without a buggy set. Also can't speak for the silent Captain, but maybe he felt like me that the previous reviewer just doesn't get it? Sorry.
Mark: 10
Value For Money: Good
Kevin Thurlow June 18, 2013

Having travelled nearly 900 miles to get to Barra GC we dropped our £20 green fee into a letterbox and picked up a score card.  It went downhill from then on.  There were no directional signs on this very pretty 9 hole course but we set off in, what we thought, was the right direction.  Wrong. Still, after losing two balls we arrived at the first green which was surrounded by electrified fencing (live!) to prevent sheep straying.  It would have been a good idea to have let them stray as the green had unmown grass 4 inches high !  And so did every other green.  You could only hole out by chipping.   Off to the 2nd tee but where?   And where to?  And so it went on.  A total disaster with us finishing on the 5th tee totally lost.   Signs on the greens and tees were broken or not even there.  We trudged off feeling as though we had been conned and nobody even cared.   When we got back home we contacted the Secretary who was very concerned and said she would forward our letter of complaint to the Captain.  Following this up later had no result.   Obviously Barra's Captain has too much to do to deal with complaints of visitors - he certainly has dispensed with any courtesy usually given to visitors to Scotland.    What's golf like in Scotland?  Wonderful -everywhere except Barra where it is a total frustrating waste of time and my advice is to avoid Barra at all costs. There are dozens of other courses that value visitors playing and whose Captains can actually write.
Dennis Sare December 20, 2008

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