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Nine-Hope Open proving popular
July 5, 2012

Support from an international whisky brand has seen the only nine-hole open competition in Scotland rocket in popularity.

The Tomatin Distillery Scottish Nine-Hole Open, which takes place at Carrbridge Golf Club in the Cairngorms National Park, on 10 th July 2012 has seen registration for the event more than quadruple to over 50 competitors when compared to this time last year.

In a break from tradition, the Nine-Hole Open is played over nine rather than eighteen holes.  Officially recognised by the Scottish Golf Union, the competition is a perfect opportunity for those who like the idea of being a Scottish Open Champion the same week as world superstars are battling it out for the 72-hole professional competition a few miles up the road at the Castle Stuart Golf Links.

The course is not the easy option, but an exciting challenge and a test of golfing nerves, with fewer holes to recover from errant shots. In addition, the prize fund for this year's competition (a total of £750) has grown four times from the inaugural event in 2011.

John Walker, Club President at Carrbridge Golf Club says: "We are delighted that the second Scottish Nine-Hope Open is building up to be an even bigger success than last year. With Tomatin Distillery on board as our main sponsor, we have the backing o an internationally renowned and respected brand, which has helped us build on the reputation of the competition. The course is one of the most scenic in the UK and the Cairngorms National Park is one of the most stunning places to visit and play golf. We know that anyone taking part in the Scottish Nine-Hole Open, no matter where they are from, will not be disappointed."

Stephen Bremner, Sales Director at Tomatin Distillery, says: "It's incredibly important for us as a Highland company that we support local events and initiatives and we are delighted that there has been such a huge increase in the event this year. The Tomatin Distillery Scottish Nine-Hole Open is sure to be a great success - what better thing than combining two of gems the area is best known for - golf and whisky!"

Carrbridge Golf Course enjoys different, but no less challenging features, to a Links Course Streams, hilltop greens with surrounding heather and woodland test the most accurate of golfers. 

Wildlife and scenery are an additional bonus, with the majestic Cairngorms and Cromdale Hills providing a 180-degree panorama and a pine forest - home to deer and red squirrels - giving shelter the rear section of the course.  Throughout spring and early summer the family of oystercatchers nesting on the second fairway seem undeterred to the constant traffic of golfers, their trolleys and the odd wayward ball!

Carrbridge Golf Club is one of the nine Highland golf courses within the Cairngorms National park. The courses include the Spey Valley Championship course in Aviemore, the classic James Braid Boat of Garten course and the highest golf course in the UK at Braemar.

For more information on the Cairngorms National Park, visit the website For information on Carrbridge Golf Club and The Tomatin Distillery Scottish Nine-Hole Open please visit  and

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