The course offers a challenging and fair test of golf, but at a little shy of 6,000yds it will play shorter than many golfers are used to. However, with out-of-bounds on ten of the eighteen holes and heavy rough/gorse on most holes, keeping it straight off the tee is a must, or even low handicap golfers could find it a challenge to successfully plot their way around. Whilst enjoying a challenging round of golf, you can look forward to taking in a beautiful panoramic view across Kirkwall and the Northern Isles. As with Stromness G C, the wind will always be a significant influence and will challenge even the best competitors!
There are two 18 hole courses that will be used for the Games. Orkney Golf Club is situated on the outskirts of Kirkwall and Stromness Golf Club some 15 miles away at the west side of Orkney’s second town, Stromness. The two clubs have relatively modern clubhouses and good short-game practice facilities. Both courses have had upgrades carried out specifically in preparation for the Games. The upgrade work, which started in 2020, has been guided by Golf Course architect Stuart Rennie. Stromness has had addition of several bunkers and construction of some new tees while the Kirkwall course has had much more significant work undertaken including a complete rebuild of 1st & 3rd greens and surrounds.