Welcome to the epitome of off beat Scottish golf.
Things Covesea doesn’t have:
🏠 A proper clubhouse
💰 A big green fee (it’s £10)
🖼 Perfect manicuring
Things it does have:
Charm, character, quirk, fun and a dash of just about everything that makes Scottish golf the greatest in the world.
The 9 holes at Covesea (pronounced Cow-see) was one of my favourite finds of the first leg of the tour. Halfway between Hopeman and Lossiemouth, there’s a nondescript turning from the main road. As you wind down an unmade road a scruffy area of hardstanding comes into view. A few cars, a large green shed and a static caravan - serving as clubhouse/office.
It’s a mad little routing - pure, ‘no frills’ entertainment. Unbridled by convention, this privately owned links was a true highlight. It had the feel of a ‘backyard’ golf course - but only if your backyard is a links playground of the highest order.
I’d rather play it than many better known courses.