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Whalsay Golf Club was formed in 1976 by 12 members and is Britain’s most northerly 18-hole golf course.

The course was designed and created by locals who had a passion for golf and a vision to see that the topography at the north of Whalsay lent itself to creating a spectacular golfing test.

Club membership has increased rapidly over the years. The club received various small grants for grass cutting machinery and until about 1989 club members did all work on the course on a voluntary basis.

In 1989 18 new tees were built and the course was recognised by Scottish Golf Union the following year.

1992 saw the ladies course recognised and some new greens were introduced.

A green keeper was employed in 1994 and the new clubhouse was built in 1996 when the club purchased some land.

The club was delighted to have been part of the NatWest Inter Island Games, held in Shetland in 2005.


To this day the majority of the work to build, maintain and promote Whalsay Golf Club is undertaken by volunteers. This can range from coaching juniors, topdressing greens to building websites! The Club only employs one full time green keeper during the summer months. It is an incredible testament to all the individuals involved that such a highly regarded course is maintained to such a high standard for all to play. Indeed the club and the community spirit is featured in the book 'Golf on the Rocks' by Gary Sutherland and the course has been played by 1989 European Order of Merit winner Ronan Rafferty.

The club is grateful to all businesses which generously sponsor events at Whalsay Golf club and hope the sponsorship partnerships can help enable the club continue to serve the community and visitors in the future

Every two years the Shetland County Golf Championship is held at Whalsay, the annual inter county golf match vs Orkney match is held in Whalsay every four years and the club is also host to the Wilson cup every eight years.


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