Next door to RAF Lossiemouth is Moray Golf Club. 36 holes of classic links cut through the gorse bushes that cover the gently rolling sand dunes beside the Moray Firth - known as Moray Old and New.
The Old was designed by Old Tom Morris, opening in 1889 as a club generally serving the gentlemen of nearby Elgin - the county’s capital. The start of the Second World War brought a great change to the region, and the demographics of Lossiemouth substantially altered.
Lossie is one of the largest bases in the UK - bringing thousands of people to the area and adding billions to the local economy. The growth of the area no doubt contributed to the opening of a second course in the late 1970s. Sir Henry Cotton was the architect this time, absorbing a 9 hole course originally laid out for the Ladies into his design for the New course.
The Old is a classic test. Gently undulating fairways wind through gorse. The greens are subtle and the bunkers typical revetted pots. The undoubted highlight is the marvellous Eighteenth. There is a feel of North Berwick or St Andrew with large stone houses flanking a fairway full of life, and the clubhouse standing proudly behind the elevated green. The New is similar in character to the Old, but tighter still - the gorse being the main defence.
I can’t imagine ever tiring of watching the Typhoon fighter jets train. As they come in to land, you feel as if they’re in range of a pitching wedge.
It’s an incredible experience.