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  1. Tichy_Blacks_Back

    Old Golf Courses

    I came across this information on a golf course that was situated at Ness Castle while looking for some information on an old golf course in Ireland. Below is the layout for what was a 9 hole course that was laid out circa 1890 at Ness Castle by a Mr James Patterson (who apparently was a local Civil Engineer) for Fontaine Walker (1833-1892) who was a wealthy businessman of the time and also the owner of Ness Castle and at one time also the Foyers estate. The course was located on what is now the site of the new Barratt's Ness Castle housing development on Dores Road. I always wondered about the purpose of the large cleared area at the top of the hill between Ness Castle and the Dores Road from my younger days but never knew that it was at one time a golf course. If you look at the the recent Google Earth map you can still see three of the copses that are referenced in the 1929 Courier extract and shown on the map below. I wonder if they have found any old golf balls while they have been clearing the site as a few must have gone astray. Interestingly the web-site references four old Inverness golf course locations but does not mention Craig Dunain golf course. Does anybody have any other information (or photos even) of the Ness Castle course or any other of the old Inverness courses that have now been lost to development? Looking south towards Dores Looking north towards Inverness