Length: 3,920 yards (3,584m)
Architect: Graeme Webster
Strung out along the valley of Royal Deeside are many excellent golf courses, and sitting under the watchful eye of Scolty Hill on the outskirts of Banchory is Inchmarlo. Although a youngster in comparison to many of its Deeside neighbours, Inchmarlo is a treasure that is not to be overlooked.
Opened in 1997 and designed by Graeme Webster, the 9-hole Queen’s course is beautifully laid out and provides a real test for players of all ages and abilities. None of the holes are more than 350 yards, so Queen’s is not daunting in length but the mixture of burns, ponds, trees and drystone walls mean club selection and ball control are vital.
Running to 3,920 yards when played as an 18-hole course it is a refreshing take on a proven formula. A 20-bay floodlit driving range also provides an ideal warm-up for the round.