Like many of the courses recently featured on the Moray Coast leg of the tour, Inverallochy traces its routes back to the fishing industry. Upon its founding in 1898, it was a club comprised almost entirely of fishermen. ‘White Links’, as it was originally known, is the name of the picturesque bay here - on the edge of the North Sea.
After a promising start to life, challenging financial landscape followed by the Second War meant the course was neglected - finally brought back to life in the 1950s. Now, Inverallochy is a thriving club - serving its strong, local membership.
The course itself exceeded my expectations. The first few holes are relatively staid, but the setting along the cliff edge is gorgeous. From the Sixth, we move into more interesting links terrain.
Seven and Eight are lovely par 3s, but the highlight is the stretch into the corner of the property. Up and down a hill, the views over the picturesque fishing village of St Combs and out to sea were glorious on the sunny November day when I visited.
I’ll give final mention to the memorial stone located on the main body of the course. It pays tribute to an old lifeboat station on the site - operated between 1889 and 1905 - when they saved 15 lives over the period.