Inchmarlo Golf Club in Banchory, Scotland
The 18-hole Laird's golf course at Inchmarlo Golf Club in Banchory opened in June 2001 on the slopes just north of the existing nine-hole course, to some acclaim. It's easy to see why. It's is like many courses you find in the Scottish countryside - short but trickly.
That said, Americans may not define "tricky" the same way as Scots. The Scots like a wee challenge. They would probably scoff at some of the player-friendly resort courses in the United States.
Inchmarlo's Laird's course is a parkland track with gorgeous views of the surrounding hills and even some snow-covered peaks in the distance. The fairways dip and twist like pretzels, and some of them sport what could almost be called small mountains. Some of the slopes on the fairways will make you wish you had brought your skis.
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