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Vote for Moray's iconic golf holes

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GOLF fans can vote for two holes on Moray courses nominated among thecountry’s best in a VisitScotland online poll.


Hopeman Golf Club’s famous Prieshach 12th, regarded as one of formerOpen champ Paul Lawrie’s favourite holes, is shortlisted in the best par3 category.

And Moray Golf Club in Lossiemouth’s iconic 18th appears alongside thelikes of Turnberry, St Andrews and the Trump international golf links onthe list of Scotland’s greatest closing holes.

Both coastal charms were considered among the country’s best in the pollto find the nation’s most beloved golf holes from almost 600 coursesacross the country.

Hopeman's Preishach hole
Hopeman's Preishach hole

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 benominated as a closing hole to remember.

“(We are) pleased that the 18th on our Old Course is recognised as oneof the greatest finishing holes in golf.

“The raised green sits in a natural amphitheatre under an imposingclubhouse - a fitting end to an outstanding links golfing experience.Hell’s bunker sits by the green and will catch out those who fail torespect this challenging hole.”

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As for Hopeman’s signature 12th hole, just 150 yards long but with agreen which lies more than 100 feet below the tee. It is the views asmuch as the golfing challenge which makes it one to cherish.

Club manager Trevor Mearns said the Prieshach is undoubtedly HopemanGolf Club’s most memorable hole.

“The views across the Moray Firth are spectacular and it is possible tosee local dolphins playing in the waters close to the shore,” he said.

“We are already in Sky Sports Top 18 Scottish holes thanks to PaulLawrie who described the hole as “one of the best par 3’s I have everplayed.

“We would love to win Visit Scotland’s accolade but we are up againstsome very tough competition including Troon and Turnberry who are bothregulars in The Open Championship circuit so we are appealing forreaders of the “Scot” to vote for us and put the Moray Coast firmly onthe golfing map.”

The poll, which runs until April 2 and includes some of the most famousgolf courses and holes in the world, will look to gather views fromthousands of golfers worldwide to find golf holes in Scotland that have#ScotSpirit – a feature of the national tourism organisation’s Spirit ofScotland campaign.

Paul Lawrie meets Moray Golf Club secretary Stevie Grant (left) and club captain John Thomson during his visit to the Lossiemouth links.
Paul Lawrie meets Moray Golf Club secretary Stevie Grant (left) and club captain John Thomson during his visit to the Lossiemouth links.

Malcolm Roughead, Chief Executive of VisitScotland, said: “Golf is oneof Scotland’s great gifts to the world and we know that golfersexperience a special feeling when they tee it up in the country wherethe game began.

“We call that feeling #ScotSpirit and we’re excited to launch this pollto find the holes that have the hairs standing up on the back ofgolfers’ necks.

“With so many fantastic courses across Scotland, the Home of Golf, thisis no easy decision but we look forward to analysing the results and tofind out which holes truly capture the Spirit of Scotland.”


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