The Home of Golf
Golf has been played in Scotland for more than 600 years and is undisputedly the home of the modern game. With more than 550 courses to choose from there is something for everybody.
Naturally when one thinks of golf in Scotland, thoughts go quickly to St Andrews and the ‘Old Course’. With golf having been played over the links since the early 15th century it is truly the 'cradle of the game'. Not only is St Andrews a testament to the history of the game of golf but the Old Course is a monument to golf course architecture at its finest.
In and around St Andrews is the ‘Kingdom of Fife’ and is home to some 60 courses including such classics as Lundin and Leven links, Crail, Ellie, Ladybank and the modern links of Kingsbarns.
Just 40 min east of Edinburgh lies the county of East Lothian and its coast is home to golf of unparalleled quality. The most famous and private being Muirfield Golf Club, home to The Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers. Muirfield has hosted 16 Open Championships and the club dates back to 1744. But don’t fret if Muirfield is tough to get on, North Berwick, Gullane, Kilspindie, Longniddry, Luffness New, Dunbar, The Glen, The Renaissance Club amongst others are all wonderful places to spend a day on the links.
On the west coast is the Ayrshire region and it also doesn’t disappoint with Royal Troon, Prestwick, Western Gails, Dundonald, The Irvine, Kilmarnock and further down the coast the phenomenal Turnberry links. Prestwick has a particular special place in golf history being the host club of the first Open Championship back in 1860.
Looking for something a little bit more on the wild side, head out to the Western islands and play golf ‘as it was meant to be’. The links at Machrihanish Golf Club and Machrihanish Dunes on the Kintyre Peninsular and further out on Islay is The Machrie offer golf in its most pure form.
A trip up to Inverness and Highlands is must with Royal Dornoch being the biggest drawcard. But the links at Tain, Brora, Golspie, Fortress and Rosemarkie are all superb and a lot of fun. In and around Inverness is the traditional links of Nairn, the incredible modern links of Castle Stuart. Plus the lesser known courses of Boat of Garten, Inverness, Muir of Ord, Nairn Dunbar and further to the east Moray golf club.
North East Scotland or Aberdeenshire is sometimes overlooked in Scottish golf but with the arrival of Trump International it has blown new life into the area. Never lacking in good golf Cruden Bay and Royal Aberdeen Golf Clubs are among some of the best courses in Scotland. But with Fraserburgh, Peterhead, Murcar you won't run out of great places to play.
Perthshire is located in the middle of Scotland so it doesn’t have any links golf but with Gleneagles and the delightful Pitlochry and Crieff Golf Clubs there is enough to keep any golf enthusiast happy
Scotland has many activities to keep you busy after golf. Starting with the authentic local cuisine, a visit to the pub and interaction with the locals or a wander around one the picturesque towns and villages. How about a city trip to Edinburgh or Glasgow. Or take in the stunning scenery that Scotland has to offer. The North Coast 500 has been growing in popularity and entails a trip around the top of Scotland with several stops on the east and north coast to play golf.
And to round it all off, a few drams of whisky to wash it all down.
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