If you want to know what links golf is really all about, and how the game was played back in the late 19th century, then you will not find a more quintessentially traditional seaside layout anywhere in Scotland.
The Old Course at Moray has barely changed in the near-century-and-a-quarter since it was designed by none other than Old Tom Morris. And why should it? The course is simply the result of the natural undulations of the land coupled with Old Tom’s eye for routing; how best to link together the individual holes into a course of balance and challenges.
So do not come here expecting to be faced with improbable carries from one clifftop to the next, 600-yard par fives or countless water hazards. Do not come here if you consider any course under 7,000 yards to be obsolete.
Because Moray’s charms are much more subtle than that. This is a course that begins and ends under the sturdy stone clubhouse that stands within the town itself.
Think St Andrews, but on a smaller scale.