Historic club offers lifetime memberships to fund coastal erosion work

Alistair Dunsmuir
By Alistair Dunsmuir January 16, 2024 09:49

One of the world’s oldest links venues, Fortrose & Rosemarkie Golf Club, is offering a lifetime overseas golf membership to help pay for protection against storms.

In recent months, storms have left serious damage to the first two holes of Fortrose & Rosemarkie in the Scottish Highlands.

Established in 1793, Fortrose & Rosemarkie is the 15th-oldest recorded club in the world with the fourth oldest golf course, where the game has been played continuously since 1702.

“We lost up to five metres in some places [due to storms in October 2023] and the fence to the left side of the first tee fell down [in December 2023] with high winds as there was no support around this area. We need to protect tees number one and two as a priority,” said club manager Mike MacDonald.

Fortrose & Rosemarkie Golf Club

The club hopes to raise money by selling lifetime overseas and country (golfers who live 50-plus miles away) memberships.

For £5,000, golfers will receive full playing rights, access to play in club competitions, discounted green fees at 15 other reciprocal golf courses, including Royal Dornoch, Golspie, Tain, Brora and Moray, and a range of other benefits.

MacDonald said he hired an excavator to clean up the shoreline, but he believes that rock armour is the best long-term solution.


Alistair Dunsmuir
By Alistair Dunsmuir January 16, 2024 09:49
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  1. Golf Product Developer January 17, 11:43

    One of my favorite places to play. It is a must try if you are heading to Scotland.

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  2. NTaylor January 17, 11:09

    A great, hidden gem of a course!

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  3. Dove January 17, 09:55

    Fortrose and Rosemarkie Golf Club is offering the value membership of a lifetime – and it is for a lifetime- to belong to one of the most historic, friendly and quality clubs & championship hashtag#linksgolf courses in hashtag#scotland. With Cabot Highlands building a new Tom Doak course to complement their Castle Stuart Golf Links, new clubhouse at Royal Dornoch Golf Club, The Nairn Golf Club,Nairn Dunbar Golf Club, MORAY GOLF CLUB nearby to name a few not to mention world renown whisky distilleries. The Highlands of Scotland is where it is happening and this is a great way to be a part of it all.

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