Castle Stuart

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Not to be confused with Castle Stewart.
Castle Stuart
Petty, Inverness, Scotland
Castle Stuart.jpg
Castle Stuart in 2009
Castle Stuart is located in Highland
Castle Stuart
Castle Stuart
Coordinates 57°31′41″N 4°06′22″W / 57.528°N 4.106°W / 57.528; -4.106Coordinates: 57°31′41″N 4°06′22″W / 57.528°N 4.106°W / 57.528; -4.106
Grid reference grid reference NH744494
Type Tower house
Site information
Owner Private
Condition Restored
Site history
Built between 1619 and 1625
Built by James Stuart, 3rd Earl of Moray
In use 17th century; 20th and 21st centuries

Castle Stuart is a restored tower house on the banks of the Moray Firth, about 6.5 miles (10 km) northeast of Inverness.[1]

The land the castle was built on was granted to James Stewart, 1st Earl of Moray by his half-sister, Mary, Queen of Scots, following her return to Scotland in 1561.[2] The successive murders of Stewart and his son-in-law, James Stewart, 2nd Earl of Moray, meant that the castle was finally completed by his grandson, James Stuart, 3rd Earl of Moray, in 1625.[2]

Though the castle initially flourished, it fell into disuse as the fortunes of the House of Stuart sank during the English Civil War and Charles I was executed.[2] The castle lay derelict for 300 years before being restored; it is currently used as a luxury hotel.[2]

Golf links[edit]

The seaside links golf course at Castle Stuart along Moray Firth opened eight years ago in 2009, co-designed by two Americans: managing partner Mark Parsinen and golf course architect Gil Hanse.[3][4] It was voted as Best New Course for 2009 by Golf magazine.[5]

The course hosted the Scottish Open in 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2016.

Scorecard[edit]

Castle Stuart Golf Links
Tee Rating/Slope 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Par 4 5 4 3 4 5 4 3 4 36 4 3 5 4 4 4 4 3 5 36 72
Black 464 550 305 191 447 560 461 218 364 3530 405 144 528 441 386 421 335 224 595 3479 7009
White 360 530 290 176 430 522 451 208 350 3317 360 130 518 416 360 409 325 210 508 3236 6553
Green 330 486 266 161 401 505 429 192 330 3100 341 115 504 363 347 388 310 195 490 3053 6153
Blue 330 486 266 161 332 411 359 192 330 2867 341 115 504 303 347 314 310 133 490 2857 5724
Red 299 400 236 151 332 411 359 166 226 2580 315 91 414 303 318 314 260 133 420 2568 5148
Handicap Men's 9 5 13 17 7 3 1 15 11 14 16 2 4 10 8 18 6 12

Source:[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Castle Stuart". castlestuart.com. 2010. Retrieved 15 February 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Castle Stuart - Our History". castlestuart.com. 2010. Retrieved 15 February 2010. 
  3. ^ Peper, George (February 2009). "Castle Stuart". Links. Retrieved 9 July 2016. 
  4. ^ RNL (22 July 2009). "Parsinen chases the Open dream". Golf Course Architecture. Retrieved 9 July 2016. 
  5. ^ "New chapter begins for Barclays Scottish Open". European Tour. 4 July 2009. Retrieved 9 July 2016. 
  6. ^ "Course guide" (PDF). Castle Stuart Golf Links. 2016. Retrieved 9 July 2016. 

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