Golf Day set to leave lasting legacy

A new golf day is taking place at Fortrose and Rosemarkie Golf Club this October in collaboration with the Kingsmills Hotel. We’re raising funds for this historic club to invest in rock armoury to safeguard against coastal erosion. 

Following Storm Ciaran in October 2023, the links course which sits on a peninsula leading out to Chanonry Point, suffered significant erosion of 5-6 meters in places. With significant sections of the beach and coastal footpaths washed away, the first and second holes are particularly at threat.

Fortrose & Rosemarkie Golf Club is the 15th oldest recorded club in the world.

This historic links championship golf course holds the record as the 15th oldest recorded golf club in the world, dating back to 1793. The club draws in thousands of visitors from around the world on an annual basi. The World Hickory Open Championship is taking place in October here following 10 National Championships since 2010.

Coastal erosion battle sparks major golf day for Black Isle course
Douglas Simpson (president), Tony Story (CEO Kingsmills Hotel Group), Angus Macleod and Mike MacDonald (club manager at Fortrose & Rosemarkie Golf Club). Picture: Callum Mackay.

Douglas Simpson, President of the Club explains “Coastal erosion is the single biggest threat to the future of the Links at Fortrose and Rosemarkie Golf Club, particularly when it has progressed so rapidly in past year. It’s essential that we implement a permanent solution as soon as possible.”

Fundraising challenges

With funding opportunities externally limited, the club have been actively fundraising on a GoFundMe page which to date has raised over £28,000 which has contributed to initial rock armour installed at the 1st and 2nd tees. We hope this event will significantly increase the total, with the club guaranteed to receive £10,000 if attendance is full. 

Tony Story, CEO of Kingsmills Group is one of the key driving forces behind the event. “We have been supported in our charity fundraising by Fortrose and Rosemarkie Golf Club over many years, as have many other local charities. When recent weather events caused significant loss of parts of the course, we thought it was time to repay the generosity of the club” 

Tony Story CEO of Kingsmills Hotel
Tony Story, CEO of Kingsmills Group and a key driver behind the event

Tony Story, a keen golfer himself and a fan of the links course adds “We are really keen to band together with those who recognise the importance of the club, raising as much as we can to assist with the much needed protection measures to ensure the long term future of this amazing community asset.” 

Fortrose & Rosemarkie Golf Day Poster

Golf Day Details

The charity golf day is on Friday 11th October 2024 at Fortrose & Rosemarkie Golf Club along with a fundraising event at the Kingsmills Hotel. Guests will enjoy a three course meal and prizegiving, before a grand auction of incredible golf experiences and music from Torridon’s Kenny Smith & Michael Macmillan. 

Teams of 4 cost £800 and this includes a table of 8 at the evening event. Tickets are also available for those wishing to attend the evening event separately. If you wish to join the golf day or the evening event, emailing [email protected] or for more information, please contact Mike at [email protected] or call 01381 620529.

If you wish to stay overnight, a special rate has been arranged for the evening of Friday 11th October 2024. Stay overnight in a classic room for £150, Bed & Breakfast for 2 adults. Please call our events team on 01463 257120 and quote GOLFDAY to book.