GOLF fans can vote for two holes on Moray courses nominated among the country’s best in a VisitScotland online poll.
Hopeman Golf Club’s famous Prieshach 12th, regarded as one of former Open champ Paul Lawrie’s favourite holes, is shortlisted in the best par 3 category.
And Moray Golf Club in Lossiemouth’s iconic 18th appears alongside the likes of Turnberry, St Andrews and the Trump international golf links on the list of Scotland’s greatest closing holes.
Both coastal charms were considered among the country’s best in the poll to find the nation’s most beloved golf holes from almost 600 courses across the country.
See the VisitScotland poll here
To vote for Hopeman and Moray, you also have to register a vote in all other sections.
A spokesperson for Moray GC said the Lossie links was delighted to be nominated as a closing hole to remember.
“(We are) pleased that the 18th on our Old Course is recognised as one of the greatest finishing holes in golf.
“The raised green sits in a natural amphitheatre under an imposing clubhouse - a fitting end to an outstanding links golfing experience. Hell’s bunker sits by the green and will catch out those who fail to respect this challenging hole.”
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As for Hopeman’s signature 12th hole, just 150 yards long but with a green which lies more than 100 feet below the tee. It is the views as much as the golfing challenge which makes it one to cherish.
Club manager Trevor Mearns said the Prieshach is undoubtedly Hopeman Golf Club’s most memorable hole.
“The views across the Moray Firth are spectacular and it is possible to see local dolphins playing in the waters close to the shore,” he said.
“We are already in Sky Sports Top 18 Scottish holes thanks to Paul Lawrie who described the hole as “one of the best par 3’s I have ever played.
“We would love to win Visit Scotland’s accolade but we are up against some very tough competition including Troon and Turnberry who are both regulars in The Open Championship circuit so we are appealing for readers of the “Scot” to vote for us and put the Moray Coast firmly on the golfing map.”
The poll, which runs until April 2 and includes some of the most famous golf courses and holes in the world, will look to gather views from thousands of golfers worldwide to find golf holes in Scotland that have #ScotSpirit – a feature of the national tourism organisation’s Spirit of Scotland campaign.
Malcolm Roughead, Chief Executive of VisitScotland, said: “Golf is one of Scotland’s great gifts to the world and we know that golfers experience a special feeling when they tee it up in the country where the game began.
“We call that feeling #ScotSpirit and we’re excited to launch this poll to find the holes that have the hairs standing up on the back of golfers’ necks.
“With so many fantastic courses across Scotland, the Home of Golf, this is no easy decision but we look forward to analysing the results and to find out which holes truly capture the Spirit of Scotland.”