The Course In Detail
In 1993, the parkland course was extended from a Par 65 to a Par 72. A beautiful rolling parkland course with outstanding views of the Grampian Hills. The course offers a fantastic variety of holes, with doglegs, short par 4s and long par 3s. A great golfing experience for golfers of all abilities. The condition of the course is excellent due to the hard work by the head greenkeeper, David Bisset, and his staff. David is again making Brechin renowned for the condition of the course and in particular the greens.
Hole 1 Taranty Market – 429 yards, Par 4
Try to hit your drive up the left hand side of the fairway. This makes a tricky second shot easier to a green that slopes away from you.
Hole 2 Bruce’s Bounty – 317 yards, Par 4
Keep left to avoid the ditch and out of bounds. The green slopes to the right so try and keep your second shot left of the flag.
Hole 3 Cowie’s Hill – 129 yards, Par 3
Tricky par 3. Club selection is all important. The green is well guarded with bunkers in front of and to the left of the green. Make sure you hit enough club.
Hole 4 Gellatly’s Corner – 492 yards, Par 5
Favour the right side from the tee to avoid the bunker. Second shot to a small green is tricky because of a well positioned bunker front right.
Hole 5 Cannie Chappie – 183 yards, Par 3
Tough par 3. All uphill. Take one more club than you think. Two tier green and, if the pin is at the top, take two more clubs.
Hole 6 Buchan’s Bend – 389 yards, Par 4
Big hitters can cut a lot off the corner of this dog-leg Par 4. Best to hit a 3 wood just on the corner to leave a straightforward second.
Hole 7 Hooker’s Folly – 487 yards, Par 5
Beware of the trouble left from the tee. Favour the right side. A definite 3 shot hole. Don’t be greedy off the tee.
Hole 8 Wee Well – 344 yards, Par 4
You have a number of choices when playing this excellent Par 4. But try playing a 3 wood into the gap of the trees to leave a pitch into a small two tier green.
Hole 9 The Raik – 437 yards, Par 4
One of the toughest on the course, expecially from the medal tee. Try to keep your tee shot up the left hand side for the best look at a small green guarded by bunkers left and right.
Hole 10 Limefield – 172 yards, Par 3
The ball will go right on landing but that’s to your advantage because if you finish above the hole it is difficult to stop the ball.
Hole 11 Jock Moncur – 282 yards, Par 4
Straight forward Par 4 which can offer good birdie chance. Make sure the pin is not on the left side of the green. If it is you must hit yor tee shot down the right to be able to get close in two.
Hole 12 Peter Manson – 259 yards, Par 4
A tough par 3 from the yellow markers. Always take a club more than you think as the big gully in front of the green will catch your ball if you are not up.
Hole 13 Westward Ho – 215 yards, Par 3
One of the most difficult holes to Par. The land all slopes to the right. So the ideal tee shot is a draw but beware of the out of bounds.
Hole 14 Jardine’s Drive – 486 yards, Par 5
Favour the right side, especially with your second shot. Anything short and left will get swallowed up by a big gully to leave a blind third shot.
Hole 15 Little Brechin – 429 yards, Par 4
Blind tee shot from the white tees. A must hit fairway. If you don’t, the left rough is usually heavy and trees lining both sides of the fairway will block out your second shot.
Hole 16 Caterthun – 494 yards, Par 5
Depending on how far you are off the tee will determine how much you can take off the corner. Playing safe with your second shot by hitting an iron to the corner still gives you a straightforward third shot.
Hole 17 The Railway – 302 yards, Par 4
Positioning off the tee is important here. Try to avoid the bunkers and the gully across the fairway. Don’t go past the flag with the second shot or you will leave a very fast downhill putt.
Hole 18 Jack’s Tee – 316 yards, Par 4
If downwind, big hitters can reach this par 4. Otherwise, keep your tee shot slightly left of the right hand bunker. This opens up the green for a straightforward pitch.