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Fair Isle Lighthouse Keepers Golf Course

The Scottish light-house keeper’s brought with them many things to help survive when stationed on Fair Isle. Some luxuries and traditions are often much more appreciated on the most remote inhabited island in Britain One of the lesser known traditions brought to Fair Isle by the light house men and their family was the love of golf.

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Fair Isle Lighthouse Keepers Golf Course Map

The luxury of golf on Fair Isle was truly amazing, yet very humble. The course was Croft land often playing among the sheep and the sea birds. The cups where tin cans and the pins broom handles stuck in the ground near by. The South Lighthouse on Fair Isle had six holes on the Skaddan grounds and had to be golf three times to get a full eighteen. The course is peninsulas and rolling hills framed by jagged rock cliffs almost surrounded by the sea within the watchful eye of the light-house and it long shadow. Even in light wind the course is very challenging and an adventure to play. It has been said the game always ended with an argument, then a dram of whisky follow by a long story.

The Auld Fair Isle Golf Trophy circa 1960's ?
Today” the newly reinstated Lighthouse Keeper’s Course” is much the same but with real cups and flag-pins. Still only six adventurous holes. The humble grounds and greens are still mostly maintained be the weather and the sheep. The islanders gladly welcome the games return but, insist the sheep, birds and island football on Sunday afternoons all come first. We suggest along with golf clubs and plenty of spare balls, you bring binoculars and a camera as these are some of the best areas for whale and bird watching on the island. Sunrise and sunset the location is spectacular for visitor’s exploration.
Weather you are a serious golfer or like serious fun…it’s out there waiting for you.
Golf it if you can!  
Scotland’s most remote golf experience
play free
donations very much appreciated
Clubs, Golf Balls & Tees Available at
Tommy's Art Studio & Gallery
located at the South Lighthouse
More info contact
Tommy H Hyndman

Fair Isle Lighthouse Keeper’s

Golf Course

Auld Haa Guest House
 Fair Isle, Shetland ZE2 9JU
Phone #   01595 760 349
It is with great hope that some day this lighthouse golf course would possibly be linked up with ones on Foula & the Outer Skerries Islands to make a complete 18 holes. The golfer that finds their way through such a golf course would undoubtedly have a story to tell.


So far the golf course has been fun and self funded. The Flags cups and pins are so weather beaten that most of equipment will have to be replaced soon. Other costs are a small yearly rent from the National Trust for Scotland and the "insurance". Thank you to all the good people who read about the golf course and anonymously sent used golf clubs on the Good Shepherd Ferry Boat. Special thanks to the old lighthouse keeper who sent me the Fair Isle Golf Club Trophy. I plan to print a map & scorecard If anyone would like to advertise? I'm in desperate need of more clubs, especially Left handed, ladies and childrens.

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contact Tommy if your interested in sponsorship and or donations to keep the course going. 01595 760 349 

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