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Course History

Site of the Kings Golf Club, Inverness
Historical background to the land :
Reliable, accurate and conclusive evidence for the location of King Brudes fortress stronghold and Pictish
encampment is scanty as little historical record exists today.
Although the site of King Brudes fortress has never been definitively named it is widely
accepted that the summit of Craig Phadraig, a hilly crag location with the remnants of an iron age
hill fort, a mighty bastion of the early Pictish Kings overlooking Inverness and the new
Kings Golf Club and Course is probably the site mentioned by St. Columba when he visited
the King in 565 A.D. to convert him to Christianity.
It is believed St. Columba camped close to the River Ness west of Inverness whilst waiting
for an audience with the King, perhaps on the very land the Kings Course now occupies.
Three sites of archaeological interest have been excavated at different locations on what is
now The Kings Course, suggesting this may well be an area on which the Kings followers
lived.
The King :
Little historical record exists of King Brude (Bridei mac Maelchu) c. 555-584. He was one of the Pictish
Kings, an over- King of many Pictish Kingdoms, mentioned by theVvenerable Bede as being “Rex
Potentissimus” – the most powerful of Kings.