About Tarbat Golf Club

The great wee nine in the Highlands

Tarbat Golf Club is over 100 years old and celebrated it's centenary in 2009. It sits in the beautiful little seaside resort of Pormahomack. Only 10 minutes from the main A9 near Tain in Ross-Shire it is the only nine links course in the area.

Overlooking the Dornoch and Moray Firths stunning views can be had whilst enjoying links golf at its best. It is an ideal complement to the better known courses of Tain and Dornoch at extremely reasonable rates.

Drier than most

The Portmahomack area enjoys one of the lowest rainfalls in Scotland and it is common to watch showers in the distance over the firth pass by the area.

Although only 5295 yards in length for the 2 x nine holes, with cleverly placed bunkers, elevated greens and undulating fairways a good test of golf can be enjoyed. A very reasonable weekly ticket can be purchased and visitors can enjoy their golf throughout their holiday. As Portmahomack is the only Westerly facing village on the East coast nine holes in either the morning or evening stunning sun rises or sunsets are plentiful during the summer months. Many visitors enjoy 9 or 18 holes of golf and then take a break in the Tee Up café and bar to enjoy meals or light refreshments.

Then it’s back to the course for a few more enjoyable holes of golf.


Our History

Early Beginnings of Tarbat Golf

It will surprise many Tarbat golfers to learn that there was an earlier course which preceded the actual foundation of the present club by 15 years. We learn from the ‘North Star’ and ‘Ross-shire Journal’ newspapers that the ’Opening Round ‘ of a new golf course at Portmahomack took place on Saturday 15 December 1894. A 9-hole course had been laid out on the ‘Common’ area beside the primary school through the generosity of Peter Macdonald of Glasgow, benefactor of the village and new owner of the Royal Hotel in Main St. Several members of the St. Duthus Club at Tain had been involved in the planning of the holes, which were said to be ‘thoroughly inviting, presenting numerous hazards and difficulties’,.

The honour of striking the first ball was given to the fine golfer from Tain D Macphail, playing off a plus 2 handicap, who had won the Jackson Cup there in 1893 and 1894, (and would do so twice more in 1897 and 1900).


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Tarbat Golf Club

Tarbatness Road
By Tain, Ross-shire IV20 1YJ


Tel (01862) 871222