To be found off Scotland’s west coast between Oban and Fort William, the island sanctuary of Eriska has long been the favourite haunt of many international visitors longing for the peace and quiet, and sheer natural beauty. Many have found that they need look no further.
One of Scotland’s leading hotels, with a cuisine of unparalleled quality, impeccable service, a spa and leisure club and the most spectacular of landscape settings, visitors have given Eriska and the owners, the Buchanan-Smith family a fine reputation throughout the world.
In the late nineties, Howard Swan, international golf course architect, designed the island’s own links which until now has boasted six seaside holes. All have been developed by the family themselves using only local resources. The six hole course has a par of 22.
Now, the final three holes are underway, being built on a peat bog in which extensive inversion of sand and associated drainage is being implemented to fairways, with greens and tees designed within the impressive natural setting.
Beppo and Chay Buchanan-Smith, who manage Eriska, hope to see the nine holes course completed this year and fully open for 2007. A range and academy compliment the layout with the Beverly Lewis Golf School operating tuition holiday weeks twice a year.
Swan Golf Designs Limited www.swangolfdesigns.com
Isle of Eriska Hotel www.eriska-hotel.co.uk