Reay Golf Course

In Caithness

About Reay Golf Course

Located on the edge of Sandside Bay in the far north of Scotland, the links offers stunning panoramic views of the North Atlantic Ocean from every hole. The legendary James Braid had a hand in the layout and as you would expect from one of his courses, it demands real shot-making, with solid driving, punched long irons, and a creative short-game all required for any player wishing to get the better of the links.   

Measuring 5854 yards from the white tees with a par of 69, and 5090 yards from the reds with a par of 70, the course provides a great challenge for golfers of all abilities. The opening hole is a long par 3 measuring 235 yards from the back tees, and many a medal round has come a cropper here with out of bounds on the left, and rough on the right giving players anything but an easy introduction to the course. Stand-out holes on the front nine include the par 5 fourth, ‘Sahara’, which requires three excellent shots to reach a green guarded by towering dunes left and right, the par 5 sixth, ‘Braids Choice’ which snakes its way alongside the dunes of Sandside Bay to a green protected by a burn and a deep pot bunker, and the par 3 seventh, ‘Pilkington’, from the back tees 196 yards of carry to a large green, a hole where three is an excellent score.

After soaking up the breath-taking views of Sandside Bay from the ninth green, the back nine begins with four challenging par 4 holes which can make or break your score.  Many consider the final five the easiest run of holes on the course, but anyone ‘on a score’ will need to take a deep breath before hitting their tee shot on the par 4 seventeenth hole, ‘Dossies Dyke’, which presents players with one of the most intimidating drives on the course. The course ends as it began with a challenging par 3, ‘Clachan’, with two deep bunkers protecting the front of a two-tiered green. By the end of the round, you will have needed every shot in your bag and you might have developed one or two you did not know you had. The clubhouse provides picturesque views overlooking the whole course and a warm welcome can always be assured to visitors.

Clubhouse Opening Times

Reay is open all year round with no winter tees or greens.

The clubhouse is open every day in daylight hours with access to male & female changing rooms and toilets.

Clubs available for hire – both left- and right-handed sets. Please contact us in advance to arrange hire. The bar is open on Saturday and Sunday during the day depending on how busy the course is. A variety of sandwiches are available, and special arrangements can be made for bar opening and food out with normal opening times by prior arrangement


Designed By

James Braid


Reay Golf Course
Club House
KW14 7RE


Club House

This beautiful seaside course, the most northerly 18 hole links on the British Mainland, is to be found in a spectacular setting alongside Sandside Bay in the village of Reay, 11 miles west of Thurso, on the picturesque North Coast 500 road route.

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