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Welcome to Scotland, the land where golf was born
in the 16th century and where the game today is
played on more than 400 courses. That’s
right, more than 400 courses in this compact country
whose diverse landscape runs from hauntingly beautiful
to starkly enchanting. Golf here is an intricate
and pervasive part of the countryside, both urban
Golf is a rich resource that attracts thousands
of visitors to Scotland each year. There is a
course to suit every taste and budget, from the
famous championship courses, with legendary names
like St. Andrews Old Course, Carnoustie and Royal
Troon, to the international golfing resorts of
Gleneagles and Turnberry, to the hidden gems that
offer a fantastic golfing experience without crowds.
Brora Golf Club
Designed by: James
Par 69; 6110 yards
The Brora Golf Club was established in 1891. Five
time British Open champ James Braid redesigned
the course in 1923, and though Braid’s most
famous work was probably Gleneagles, Brora stands
shoulder-to-shoulder with some of Scotland’s
best. A classic out-and-back layout, Brora is
a sporting test of golf with spectacular panoramas
of the sea and dunes.
Designed by: Allan
Robertson, Old Tom Morris, James Braid
Par 72; 7143 yards
Often referred to as “ The Beast,”
Carnoustie is one of the most challenging courses
in the world. Founded in 1842, it is also one
of the oldest in the world. Designed by Allan
Robertson and extended by Old Tom Morris and revised
by James Braid, this links course is windswept
and wild. It has hosted seven British Opens, the
latest being in 2007. Given its difficulty, it’s
a par 75 for scratch amateurs.
Golf Club - Course 1
Par 71; 6446 yards
The spectacular views from the grounds and high
standards of maintenance on this course make Gullane
1 remarkable. The deep bunkers and exaggerated
bumps deliver a game of challenge. Gullane 1 was
established in 1884 and has hosted the amateur
British Open Championship. Gullane 2 and 3 provide
more great golf.
Designed by: Kyle
Phillips and Mark Parsinen
Par 72; 7126 yards
The Kingsbarns course, six miles from St. Andrews,
continues to grow with new challenging holes and
contours. With the North Sea always in play, its
sounds, smells, and sight are a welcoming attraction
for any golfer. The course features dramatic sea
views from each hole (1.5 miles of scenic coastline),
as well as spacious fairways.
Designed by: Old
Par 70, 6801 Yards
Founded in 1891 and designed by Old Tom Morris
with improvements by H S Colt and Tom Simpson,
Muirfield in consistently rated as one of the
top 10 courses in the world. Located near Edinburgh,
it has been the site of the British Open 15 times,
the last being in 2002. Considered a very fair
test of golf with no blind shots or hidden bunkers,
the links course layout features two separate
loops - the front nine runs clockwise and the
back nine in the opposite direction.
Designed by: Archie
Simpson, revised by Old Tom Morris and James Braid
Par 72; 6712 yards
The Nairn Golf Club was founded in 1887. A traditional
out-and-back links course set along the shores
of Moray Firth, Nairn was the site of the 1999
Walker Cup matches.
Par 71; 6420 yards
North Berwick thirteen oldest in the world and
an Open qualifier. At North Berwick you’ll
find a perfect blend of tradition, hospitality
and challenge. The course is true links, starting
in the town center and stretching along the shores
of the Firth of Forth. With stunning views over
sandy beaches, rocky islands and the hills of
Fife, North Berwick is a memorable round of traditional
Designed by: Old
Par 72; 6571 yards
The deep bunkers and wide dunes on Old Prestwick
provide a challenging game. Long and blind shots
can be taken to meet diverse holes located on
a beautiful stretch of land. In 1860, Old Prestwick
held the first British Open and in fact, held
the first twelve, with a total of 25 Opens (most
recently in 1925).
- Balgownie Links
Par 70; 6850 yards
Royal Aberdeen Golf Club was founded in 1780,
which arguably makes it the sixth oldest golf
course in the world. Originally, the club had
a seven hole tract east of Aberdeen, but in 1873
the members built a new course on spectacular,
rolling dunesland, just two miles north of the
city center. The club has two links courses, Balgownie
and Silverburgh. The highly-acclaimed Balgownie
runs out and back along the North Shore. The front
nine, which winds through some wonderful dune
formations, is links golf on a heroic scale. Royal
Aberdeen’s original site east of town is
now an 18-hole municipal course, The Aberdeen
King’s Links, which is well worth playing
when you’re in the area.
Designed by: Old
Par 70; 6514 yards
Always ranked in the world’s top ten, the
diverse holes at Dornoch are located along a breath-taking
beach front and around lush greenery and bright
Royal Dornoch holds the distinction of being the
northern-most world-class golf course on earth
(on the 58th parallel, just 6 degrees south of
the Arctic Circle). Eighteen-hour days are the
norm during the summer months, and the sun sets
well after 10 p.m. It’s not unusual to see
Dornoch golfers straggling into the clubhouse
11:00 p.m. Golf was played here by monks as early
as 1616, which makes Royal Dornoch the third oldest
golf course on earth — behind St. Andrews
(1400) and Leith (1500).
The Carnegie Links at Skibo Castle
Designed by: Donald
Par 72; 6671 yards
Just four miles down the road from Royal Dornoch
is Skibo Castle, which has two courses, including
a very highly regarded 18-hole links on the Dornoch
Firth. However, play is restricted to guests at
the luxurious vacation spa, once the summer home
of Andrew Carnegie. England’s master golf
course architect, Donald Steel, was commissioned
by Skibo’s current owner to redesign a course
originally built by Carnegie at the turn-of-the-century.
Bounded on three sides by water, the championship
links is extraordinarily beautiful, and a demanding
test of golf.
Designed by: revamped
by James Braid
Par 71; 7150 yards
The western coast of Scotland is home to this
classic links course. The bumps and hollows are
designed with excellence and have been rated as
some of the best in the world, along with its
long and short holes. Royal Troon has been the
site of the British Open in 1923, 1950, 1962,
1973, 1982,1989 and 2004.
Golf Courses - Kings course
Designed by: James
Par 70; 6471 yards
A masterpiece of design, King’s is a great
test of shot-making. One of the most beautiful
courses in the world, it has sweeping views from
the tees of rock-faced mountains and green hills.
Golf Courses - queens course
Designed by: James
Par 72; 6551 yards
Threading through high ridges, the Queen’s
offers lovely woodland settings, lochans and ditches
as water hazards. Its natural beauty has inspired
many of the world’s most experienced players.
Golf Courses - pga centaury course
Designed by: Jack
Par 72; 7088 yards
A modern classic, the PGA is the longest inland
course in Scotland, tees are graded at each hole
in five stages and the opening hole begins by
playing Southeast towards the famed Glen of Eagles.
The entire course features magnificent panoramic
views. The 4th Ryder Cup matches, in 2014, will
be played here.
Links -The Old Course
Designed by: Daw
Anderson, Old Tom Morris, Dr. Alister Mackenzie
Par 72; 6721 yards
The Home of Golf.
The oldest course in the world, the Old Course
at St. Andrews is one of the seven public courses
of St. Andrews Links. It is best known perhaps
for its 112 bunkers, and the 17th “Road
Hole” – the most famous in the world.
It has double greens where the outward and inward
holes are cut on the same putting surface, leaving
putts of almost 100 yards.
Machrihanish Golf Club
Designed by: James
Par 70; 6625 yards
Machrihanish Golf Club, situated on the Kintyre
Peninsula, is a delightful links course which
plays differently every day depending on wind
and temperature. The outward nine follows hill
and hollows among sand dunes. The back nine features
two par fives and three tricky par threes.
Designed by: Wille
Fernie, Restored by Mackenzie Ross
Par 70; 6476 yards
The Ailsa course at Turnberry, venue for the 2009
British Open, is regarded as one of the finest
courses in the world. Ailsa came to international
prominence as a result of the famous Nicklaus
– Watson “duel in the sun” at
the 1977 Open. The ninth is Ailsa’s signature
hole – the remote tee is set on a rocky
promontory on the sea – your drive crosses
the corner of the bay with a view of Bruce Castle.
cruden bay golf course
Cruden Bay Golf Course creates unique challenges demanding the skills of power, placement and fine judgement upon the discerning golfer. Set against a backdrop of subtly contoured greens and magnificent panoramic views, a visit to Cruden Bay will be a most memorable one.
dunbar golf course
Laid out in 1857 and redesigned by Old Tom Morris around 1894, Dunbar East Links and situated on the estuary of the Firth of Forth is a breathtaking layout of a Championship links
It is used as an Open Championship Qualifying Venue when the Open is played at Muirfield and all of the major Scottish Championships have been played here, The Scottish Amateur, Scottish Professional Championships, and Scottish Boys’ Championship. The British Ladies and the Ladies Home Internationals have also enjoyed Dunbar as a venue.
This course resides on a marvellous stretch of links land between Troon and Irvine on the Ayrshire coast. This is the seaside course of the Glasgow Golf Club at Killermont and it opened in 1892, making the club unique in that it has two courses 30 miles apart. With its undulating fairways, fine greens and subtle qualities, it is an honest test of golfing skills in true links fashion.
There are many reasons why you have to come and play the Machrie Golf Links, not least to discover why so many golfers find it a bewitching and exalting experience. Laid out in 1891 by pioneering designer Willie Campbell, and respected among golfing cognoscenti, The Machrie is now getting a wider name for itself as one of the world’s top links courses.
The course is set in wonderful dunes in the small village of Machrihanish, which is situated on the western side of the remote Kintyre Peninsula; this is where the sky is big, the sunsets are dramatic and the air has been warmed by the Gulf Stream and its relative inaccessibility has saved it from becoming more commercialised.
Voted as the Golf Tourism Scotland "Course of the Year - 2007"; the Murcar Championship Golf Links has a par of 71 and a standard scratch rating of 73 (USGA rating 72.6 and USGA slope rating 138). Murcar frequently features in the Top 100 courses in the UK, and the Visit Scotland Top 40 Great Scottish Links Collection. During July 2006, Murcar Links hosted the European Challenge Tour's inaugural Scottish Challenge. In July we will host the European Girls Team Championship and in our Centenary Year, the Scottish Amateur Strokeplay Championship. We are also the nearest Championship Links Course (5 miles south) of the proposed Trump International Golf Links Scotland.
golspie golf club
Set at the foot of Ben Bhraggie in the Highlands of Scotland, Golspie Golf Club offers one of the finest settings for a round of golf. Founded in 1889 and designed by the legendary James Braid. The course offers a refreshing challenge to all abilities of golfer. Only 15 miles from the famous Royal Dornoch and within a short drive of the other local courses, Golspie offers a unique blend of seaside links, heath and parkland golf.