Golf In Scotland
The game of golf may or may not have originated in Scotland but to most people whether that’s true or not it is still regarded as the home of golf. There are over 550 courses including links courses, parkland courses, heathland courses and courses that combine all the different elements. Some of the courses are world famous and have hosted the worlds greatest tournaments but everywhere you go you can find quality golf courses that are not on most people’s radar but will provide great enjoyment at a fraction of the top course prices.
The Golf Courses in Scotland
St. Andrews is known all over the world and is regarded as the real home of golf by many. The Old Course is probably on everyone’s bucket list to play but the course itself is only a part of the atmosphere that the whole town creates, and it really is a must-visit destination. Turnberry, Muirfield, Carnoustie, Royal Troon are courses that have also hosted the Open Championship, and all are courses with an international reputation. When you think that Gleneagles recently held the Ryder Cup there is no shortage of golf courses of the very highest quality however it’s the range of courses that make Scotland a Mecca for golfers. Wherever you are you can find a mixture of courses that will provide enough variety to keep you satisfied for days.
Not far over the border is the coastal town of North Berwick which is surrounded by over a dozen golf courses that not only offer some of the best links golf but also have great views of the Firth of Forth and the North Sea. These are traditional courses that rely on the natural contours of the landscape and the weather to provide a challenge that is timeless. It’s not hard to imagine that golf has been played on these fairways for centuries and you are just following in centuries-old footsteps.
Passing through Edinburgh and across the Firth you come to St. Andrews with a multitude of different courses and then going further up the Coast you reach Carnoustie. Probably the toughest of all the Open Championship courses. Following the coastal route North you come to another centre for golf, Aberdeen which boasts the Trump International resort as well as several older more traditional courses that are as good as anywhere else in Scotland.
Heading West you pass several very good courses and when you reach the Coast you come to Royal Dornoch which is regarded by many as one of Scotland’s finest courses. If traditional links golf is what you are looking for then Royal Dornoch is the place to visit. Heading back South you can call at one of the UK’s finest Resorts Gleneagles and then back to the coast again where the town of Ayr is surrounded by truly great golf courses such as Turnberry, Troon and of the original Open Championship venue Prestwick.
Here is a list of the best golf courses and resort to play in Scotland:
Where To Stay In Scotland
Gleneagles and the Turnberry resort are two of the finest Hotels with their own Championship courses anywhere in Europe and provide a memorable experience. Elsewhere if you stay in North Berwick, Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Ayr or Inverness you will be within easy travelling distance of great golf courses and also you will be able to enjoy the traditional Scottish hospitality in the evening.