Golf is part of the fabric of Scottish life. It is here that the game has its traditional home, and here that it is better understood than anywhere else on Earth. Along with its beauty and classic links style courses, Scottish golf is also delightfully convenient. The clubs are clustered for the most part, often allowing you to stay at a single hotel for the duration of your stay.
Below we have selected a few of the leading
golf courses in Scotland. Although these are some of the most famous and popular
golf destinations in Scotland, there are plenty others to choose from. For more information on how you can customize your
Scotland golf tour, please feel free to fill out our golf request form. We will be happy to assist in your planning.
SAMPLE OF LEADING SCOTLAND GOLF COURSES :
St. Andrews - Old Course
The most famous course in the world and the one that all golfers dream of playing at least once in their lifetime. Golf has been played on this site since as early as 1547. The unique layout offers shared fairways, double greens, intimidating bunkers and an abundance of history.
Crail Balcomie Golf Club
Founded in 1786, Crail is the 7th oldest course in the world and can boast of two outstanding links courses. Several of the fairways wind alongside golden sandy bays and rocky outcrops of the Firth foreshore. The 5th hole, awaits your important decision whether to carry the beach or take the easy way around.
Scotscraig Golf Club
Part inland, part classic links, Scotscraig is always used as a qualifying layout when the British Open is held at St. Andrews. The rolling natural terrain of the fairways and fast greens are two reasons why Scotscraig is also one of the best kept courses in Scotland.
Host to the British Open on seven occasions and considered by many to be the most challenging of all Open venues. A combination of length and accuracy are required from the tee and approach shots demand precision to the greens heavily guarded by steep bunkers and burns.
Gleneagles - PGA Centenary Gold Course
Designed by Jack Nicklaus, this course is home to the Scottish PGA Championship and 2014 Ryder Cup! A feature of the PGA Centenary course is the feast of views of the spectacular countryside in which Gleneagles is set. This course also features a modern layout with many strategic bunkers and vast putting surfaces.
Kingsbarns Golf Links
Opened in July of 2000, Kingsbarns is one of the most recent additions to the Scottish links golf landscape. Fast and firm playing surfaces characterize what this links style course is all about. Its rebirth has been shared with golfers from near and far with outstanding reviews.
You have the opportunity to play the most northerly of the Championship courses of the British Isles. One of the finest links courses in the world. The greens are generally open in the front, but they are also set on plateaus several feet above the fairway. It was here that famed golf architect Donald Ross learned his trade.
Turnberry - Ailsa Course
Lying on a spectacular curve of rockbound coast in the southern reaches of Ayrshire, the Ailsa Course is scheduled to host the 2009 British Open. The course commands stunning views of both Ailsa Craig and Arran and the ninth hole, the 'Lighthouse,' is one of the most photographed holes in the world.
Prestwick Golf Club
This course holds a special place in the golfing history books, having been the venue for the first-ever Open Championship back in 1860. This links can produce some awkward stances on undulating fairways. Typical of the original golfing terrain, Prestwick provides a taste of golf as it was played long ago.
Royal Troon Golf Club
The renowned Royal Troon Golf Club has been the stage for a number of British Open Championships. From start to finish this is a fine test of golf, the most famous hole, being the eighth or, as most people will know it, the 'Postage Stamp'. At just 126 yards, it is the shortest on any of the Open courses, but one of the toughest.
North Berwick Golf Club
Like St. Andrews the links starts and finishes in the town. One of Scotland's earliest golf clubs, it offers a very traditional links layout. The West Course requires unusual shot making, along with blind shots and play over stone dykes. It features the par 3, 15th 'Redan,' which is probably the most frequently copied short hole in the world.