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Boat of Garten Golf Club

Nethybridge Road
Boat of Garten, Inverness-shire, SCO, PH24 3BQ
United Kingdom

Region: 1. Scotland

Boat of Garten Golf Club

Boat of Garten Golf Club was established in 1898 and designed by one of the grand-masters of golf course architecture - James Braid. "The Boat" is not only a demanding test of sporting skill but also a magnificent setting for the game.

Boat of Garten Golf Club was established in 1898 and designed by one of the grand-masters of golf course architecture - James Braid. "The Boat" is not only a demanding test of sporting skill but also a magnificent setting for the game.

The view from the clubhouse, over the 1st and 2nd fairways and beyond, to the Cairngorm mountains - with such distinctive features as the Lairig Ghru and the northern corries of Braeriach - is incomparable, certainly within the realms of Scottish golf. This Highland grandeur, depending on the day, can inspire high achievement or, in the more common event of disappointing performance, affords the comfort and consolation of communing with nature in uniquely attractive surroundings.

Popular with visitors, from both home and abroad, the course has become firmly established as a "must" for those enjoying a golfing tour of the Scottish Highlands.

Course Information

Par: 70
ACR:
Length (m): 5876
Architect: James Braid
Design Year: 1930

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Brora Golf Club

Golf Course Road
Brora, Sutherland, SCO, KW9 6QS
United Kingdom

Region: 1. Scotland

Brora Golf Club

Brora golf course represents all the attributes of a traditional Scottish Highland links, with a classic layout, an easy opening hole, and a short hole facing each cardinal point of the compass, you will have to adapt and manufacture according to whether the course is running fast or slow.

The golf club in Brora was established in 1891. In 1923 James Braid, five times Open champion and prolific designer of golf courses visited the course and redesigned the 18-hole layout which has stood the passing of time and remains a fair and challenging test of a true traditional links course. Overall the golf course is a real treat, the clubhouse is modern and comfortable, and the catering is excellent. But perhaps the over-riding, all important, feature is the atmosphere, As with all seaside links there are some very special places throughout this course; the panorama of seascape and landscape from the second tee, the proximity of the sea to the 9th green and the beauty of the 13th green, one of the jewels in Braids crown. Tarbatness, the 17th, so called because of the lighthouse which gives you the line and with the elevated tee, is one of the best driving holes in all of Scotland. Brora golf course represents all the attributes of a traditional Scottish Highland links, with a classic layout, an easy opening hole, and a short hole facing each cardinal point of the compass, you will have to adapt and manufacture according to whether the course is running fast or slow.

Course Information

Par: 69
ACR:
Length (m): 5499
Architect: James Baird
Design Year: 1923

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Carnoustie Golf Links - Championship Course

Links Parade
Carnoustie, Angus, SCO, DD7 7JE
United Kingdom

Region: 1. Scotland

Carnoustie Golf Links - Championship Course

Golf has been played over the links at Carnoustie Golf Links since the 1500s, but the present course came into being in 1850 when it was designed by Alan Robertson of St Andrews. It has had some modificiations since then, however since 1937 it has remained untouched. Carnoustie provides the same challenge for the modern golfer that confronted players nearly 70 years ago.

Golf has been played over the links at Carnoustie Golf Links since the 1500’s but the present course came into being in 1850 when it was designed by Alan Robertson of St Andrews. It has had some modificiations since then, however since 1937 it has remained untouched. Carnoustie provides a challenge for the modern golfer which confronted the player nearly 70 years ago.

Given its quality, it is difficult to comprehend why the wonderful links at Carnoustie lay virtually undiscovered for so long and why it took until 1931 for it to host its first British Open. Since then, this great links has hosted the Open on six occasions.

Carnoustie Championship course is now in the finest condition it has ever been. Not only does it offer the ultimate challenge to every golfer but it provides a playing quality second to none.

It will provide you with one of the sternest tests of golf in the world - a relatively flat course, Carnoustie's main defences are from the wind and the two burns that run across the links through out, quietly awaiting the shot that is slightly less than perfect.

Course Information

Par: 72
ACR:
Length (m): 6941
Architect: Alan Robertson
Design Year: 1850

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Castle Stuart Golf Links

Balnaglack Farmhouse
Inverness, SCO, IV2 7JL
United Kingdom

Region: 1. Scotland

Castle Stuart Golf Links

Castle Stuart Golf Links is spectacular. Rated 69 in the world by GOLF Magazine, this beautifully situated course has commanding views over the Moray Firth to the hills and mountains beyond. Castle Stuart hosted the first ever European Tour event in the Scottish Highlands in 2011.

Castle Stuart Golf Links is a new championship links course overlooking the Moray Firth and well-known landmarks that are synonymous with Inverness and the Black Isle - Kessock bridge and Chanonry Lighthouse perhaps the most notable. The resort will include a small luxury Hotel & Spa, 'resort-ownership' Lodges & Apartments, plus a second Seaside Course. Castle Stuart’s goal is to add to the rich fabric of golf in the Scottish Highlands - a fabric made rich by Royal Dornoch, Nairn, Brora and many other fine golf clubs.

Course Information

Par: 72
ACR:
Length (m): 6553
Architect: Mark Parsinen
Design Year:

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Crail Golf Club - Balcomie course

Crail Golfing Society Crail Fife
Crail, Fife, SCO, KY10 3XN
United Kingdom

Region: 1. Scotland

Crail Golf Club - Balcomie course

Course Information

Par: 72
ACR:
Length (m): 4940
Architect: Tom Morris
Design Year: 1895

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Crail Golfing Society - Balcomie Course

Crail, Fife, Scotland, SCO
United Kingdom

Region: 1. Scotland

Crail Golfing Society - Balcomie Course

Crail also goes by the name of the Crail Golfing Society, the 7th Oldest Golf Club in the world. Their members and guests have been enjoying some of the finest links golf in Scotland - many say the world - since 1786.

Crail also goes by the name of the Crail Golfing Society, the 7th Oldest Golf Club in the world. Their members and guests have been enjoying some of the finest links golf in Scotland - many say the world - since 1786. Golfing legend Old Tom Morris laid out the original nine holes at Balcomie in 1895.

Situated 11 miles from the famous St Andrews golf courses, The Balcomie Links is relatively short at 5720 yards but its imaginative and tricky layout mean that it's no pushover.

Crail golf course tempts the golfer with difficult but rewarding shots including the 5th hole, known as "Hell's Hole", where a successful shortcut across the shoreline can prove either a round-winner or a disastrous mistake.

Course Information

Par: 69
ACR:
Length (m): 5861
Architect:
Design Year: 1786

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Cruden Bay

Aulton Road, Cruden Bay,
Peterhead, SCO, AB42 0NN
United Kingdom

Region: 1. Scotland

Cruden Bay

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.

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.

When you gaze out from Cruden Bay’s splendid clubhouse you are faced with a magnificent panorama of what is one of the finest examples of a traditional Scottish links course.

There before you lies a never-to-be-forgotten test of golf with a rich variety of demanding holes wending their way between towering dunes and knee-high rough. If that is not enough to give you a nightmare then the brooding presence of the ruins of Slains Castle might

Course Information

Par: 70
ACR:
Length (m): 5848
Architect: Old Tom Morris
Design Year: 1899

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Dunbar Golf Club

East Links
Dunbar, SCO, EH42 1LL
United Kingdom

Region: 1. Scotland

Dunbar Golf Club

Golf has been played here for over 150 years with the Club being established in 1856. Visitors to Dunbar Golf Club are always warmly welcomed by the Club and the Staff and you are sure to enjoy a wonderful experience on this traditional links course and in the warm atmosphere of the clubhouse and restaurant.

Laid out in 1857 and redesigned by Old Tom Morris around 1894, Dunbar East Links is 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.

Summer or Winter, playing the links course on the shores of the North Sea is a very special experience for any keen golfer. Situated on a narrow strip of land which follows the contours of a rocky exposed beach, bordered on the other side by the Old Deer Park wall making it a challenging course for all levels of players.

Well defined holes following the natural contours of the coastline. Being by the sea shore naturally means that the wind plays a main factor with the course itself, a light breeze can transform this course into a serious challenge, producing a new playing experience with every round.

Renowned for its friendly welcoming atmosphere, playing at Dunbar East Links is an experience that is not soon forgotten, offering all year round golf. This is a classic links golf course, with outstanding views over the Firth of Forth, May Island and towards the distant outline of Fife. Dunbar East Links is on the eastern edge of Dunbar, lying within the county of East Lothian which is historically known as the “Cradle of Golf”.

Course Information

Par: 72
ACR:
Length (m): 6597
Architect: Old Tom Morris
Design Year: 1856

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Dundonald Links Golf Club

Ayr Rd
Gailes, Ayreshire, SCO, KA11 5BF
United Kingdom

Region: 1. Scotland

Dundonald Links Golf Club

Designed by the highly respected golf course architect Kyle Phillips, best known in the UK for Kingsbarns and The Grove, the 7,100-yard, par 72 course is located about an hour's drive south west of Loch Lomond and five minutes from Prestwick International Airport.

Designed by the highly respected golf course architect Kyle Phillips, best known in the UK for Kingsbarns and The Grove, the 7,100-yard, par 72 course is located about an hour’s drive south west of Loch Lomond and five minutes from Prestwick International Airport. In its short history, Dundonald Links has quickly become recognised as one of Europe’s “must play” new links courses. It has already hosted the Duke of York Young Champions Trophy event, as well as qualifying for the Senior British Open Championship.

Course Information

Par: 72
ACR:
Length (m): 6490
Architect: Kyle Phillips
Design Year:

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Gleneagles - Centenary Course

Auchterarder
Perthshire, SCO, PH3 1NF
United Kingdom

Region: 1. Scotland

Gleneagles - Centenary Course

Created by Jack Nicklaus, the PGA Centenary Course is the Host Venue for The 2014 Ryder Cup, where the cream of European and American golf will battle it out on Scottish soil for the first time in more than 40 years.

The PGA® Centenary Course, created by Jack Nicklaus, is a modern classic.

Even for a champion and acclaimed golf architect like Nicklaus, The PGA Centenary Course was a challenge. It had to be a great golf course and, set as it is in the heart of Scotland, the country that gave the world golf, Nicklaus described the course as "The finest parcel of land in the world I have ever been given to work with".

It had to be unique in its challenge, a golf course in the modern design ethos that at its fullest stretch tests the greatest players, while, in the immortal phrase of Bobby Jones, "offering problems a man may attempt according to his ability... never hopeless for the lesser player nor failing to concern and interest the expert."

The tees are graded at each hole in five stages, including a challenging 6,815 yards from the white markers down to 5,322 from the red. Fittingly, the PGA Centenary Course begins by playing southeast towards the glen, sweeping up the Ochil Hills to the summit of the pass below Ben Shee which joins it to Glendevon. 

A feature of the PGA Centenary Course is the feast of views of the spectacular countryside in which Gleneagles is set. Putting on the two-tier second green, you are distracted by the lush panorama of the rich Perthshire straths. As you move westwards over the next few holes, the rugged Grampians come into view on the right, then distantly purple ahead, Ben Vorlich and the mountains above the Trossachs.

Course Information

Par: 72
ACR:
Length (m): 6640
Architect: Jack Nicklaus
Design Year:

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Gleneagles - Kings Course

Auchterarder
Perthshire, SCO, PH3 1NF
United Kingdom

Region: 1. Scotland

Gleneagles - Kings Course

The King's Course, opened in 1919, has tested the aristocracy of golf, both professional and amateur. James Braid's plan for the King's Course was to test even the best players' shot-making skills over the eighteen holes. When they play the King's the world's greatest golfers admire the cunning and craft with which he achieved that goal.

The King's Course, opened in 1919, is a masterpiece of design, which has tested the aristocracy of golf, both professional and amateur.

James Braid's plan for the King's Course was to test even the best players' shot-making skills over the eighteen holes. When they play the King's the world's greatest golfers admire the cunning and craft with which he achieved that goal.

You find out all about it with your first approach shot. If you have driven straight and long from the tee, you will have what looks like a simple pitch to the elevated green. But you must be sure to select the correct club, because the shot is always a little longer than you think, with the wind over the putting surface often stronger than you can feel it from the fairway. And if you do not make the severely sloping green, a bunker yawns twenty feet below.

Selecting the right club for each approach shot is the secret on the King's. It is certainly one of the most beautiful and exhilarating places to play golf in the world, with the springy moorland turf underfoot, the sweeping views from the tees all around, the rock-faced mountains to the north, the green hills to the south, and the peaks of the Trossachs and Ben Vorlich on the western horizon.

All the holes have evocative and pithy Scots names. For example, the fifth, "Het Girdle" (Hot Pan), is a challenging par 3 with trouble every-where except on the green, while 17th's name, "Warslin' Lea" (Wrestling Ground), reflects the difficulty so many golfers have had with this long, sweeping par 4.

Course Information

Par: 75
ACR:
Length (m): 6790
Architect: James Braid
Design Year: 1919

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Gleneagles - Queens Course

Auchterarder
Perthshire, SCO, PH3 1NF
United Kingdom

Region: 1. Scotland

Gleneagles - Queens Course

The natural beauty of the Queen's Course inspires the world's most experienced players. The Queen's Course, in its long history, has played host to some of the world's golfing greats.

The natural beauty of the Queen's Course inspires the world's most experienced players. The Queen's Course, in its long history, has played host to some of the world's golfing greats.

The beautiful settings and the challenge of the golf have attracted such top golfers as Johnny Miller, Greg Norman, Seve Ballesteros, Tom Watson, and Lee Trevino, as well as great names from the entertainment and sports worlds including Sean Connery, Burt Lancaster, Bing Crosby, Jackie Stewart, and astronaut Alan Shepard (the only man to hit a golf shot on the moon).

Threading through high ridges on the north and west sides of the estate, the Queen's offers lovely woodland settings, lochans and ditches as water hazards, as well as many moorland characteristics.

Course Information

Par: 69
ACR:
Length (m): 5175
Architect: James Braid
Design Year:

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Gullane Golf Club - No. 1 Course

Gullane, East Lothian, SCO, EH31 2BB
United Kingdom

Region: 1. Scotland

Gullane Golf Club - No. 1 Course

The eighteen holes of Gullane No.1 Course were established in 1884. The well maintained greens, links grasses, numerous bunkers and sea breezes make a unique challenge for the serious golfer.

The eighteen holes of Gullane No.1 Course were established in 1884. The well maintained greens, links grasses, numerous bunkers and sea breezes make a unique challenge for the serious golfer.

The 3rd hole was recently voted one of the top 500 holes in the world by Golf Magazine (USA). The world famous view from the highest point of the Course on the 7th tee across the course and over to Edinburgh, Fife and way beyond is worth the green fee alone.

With every hole having its own distinct character, the course is both memorable and enjoyable.

Course Information

Par: 71
ACR:
Length (m): 5913
Architect:
Design Year: 1884

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Gullane Golf Club - No. 2 Course

Gullane, East Lothian, SCO, EH31 2BB
United Kingdom

Region: 1. Scotland

Gullane Golf Club - No. 2 Course

Gullane No.2 Course was built in 1898 and the first and last holes of the course are on the east side of the A198 road. The Course runs alongside No.1 for the first seven holes and then sweeps down to the nature reserve next to Aberlady Bay, before turning back towards the Visitors' Clubhouse.

Gullane No.2 Course was built in 1898 and the first and last holes of the course are on the east side of the A198 road. The Course runs alongside No.1 for the first seven holes and then sweeps down to the nature reserve next to Aberlady Bay, before turning back towards the Visitors' Clubhouse.

One feature of the course is its excellent short holes, particularly the 11th with its magnificent view and tricky club selection.

Course Information

Par: 71
ACR:
Length (m): 5710
Architect:
Design Year: 1898

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Gullane Golf Club - No. 3 Course

Gullane, East Lothian, SCO, EH31 2BB
United Kingdom

Region: 1. Scotland

Gullane Golf Club - No. 3 Course

Gullane No.3 Course was completed in 1910, with the first three and last three holes on the east side of the A198 road. The remaining holes are on the South side of Gullane Hill with excellent views across Aberlady Bay to Edinburgh and the Firth of Forth.

Gullane No.3 Course was completed in 1910, with the first three and last three holes on the east side of the A198 road. The remaining holes are on the South side of Gullane Hill with excellent views across Aberlady Bay to Edinburgh and the Firth of Forth.

Do not be misled by the official yardage. This course will test even the most experienced golfer's ability at accurate shot making and truly is a gem.

Course Information

Par: 68
ACR:
Length (m): 5252
Architect:
Design Year: 1910

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Kingsbarns Golf Links

Kingsbarns, St Andrews, Fife, SCO, KY16 8QD
United Kingdom

Region: 1. Scotland

Kingsbarns Golf Links

While its golf origins date back to 1793, the multi-award-winning Kingsbarns Golf Links only opened in the summer of 2000. It immediately established itself as one of the world's must-play links courses and is currently ranked 65th on Golf Magazines Top 100 World list.

While its golf origins date back to 1793, the multi-award-winning Kingsbarns Golf Links only opened in the summer of 2000. It immediately established itself as one of the world’s must-play links courses – debuting at 46th on Golf Magazine’s Top 100 Worldwide list.

Since 2001, Kingsbarns has co-hosted the annual European Tour’s elite Dunhill Links Championship along with the Old Course and Carnoustie. Kingsbarns has become a favourite destination for first-time and returning international and UK golf visitors to St Andrews. This reputation is based on a combination of playability, dramatic seaside location, classic links turf and staff dedicated to personal service.

Designed by Kyle Phillips and Mark Parsinen, every hole on this championship standard course offers inspiring views of the North Sea.

Sir Michael Bonallack, Past Captain and Past Secretary of the R&A said of Kingbarns: "Mere words cannot convey just how extraordinary the place is. It must be seen to be believed. And once seen, it will never be forgotten".

Course Information

Par: 72
ACR:
Length (m): 7126
Architect: Mark Parsinen and Kyle Phillips
Design Year: 2000

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Leven Golf Links

Balfour Street
Leven, KY4 4HS, Scotland, SCO
United Kingdom

Region: 1. Scotland

Leven Golf Links

Leven Links on the north shore of the Firth of Forth is one of Scotland's historic courses. The Leven Golfing Society is the 11th oldest golf club in the world and shares this venerable links with Leven Thistle Golf Club another of Scotland's most highly regarded clubs.

Leven Links on the north shore of the Firth of Forth is one of Scotland's historic courses. The Leven Golfing Society is the 11th oldest golf club in the world and shares this venerable links with Leven Thistle Golf Club another of Scotland's most highly regarded clubs.

The original nine hole layout was extended to 18 holes in 1868 when Young Tom Morris made the short journey down fron St Andrews to win the inaugural 36-hole event. Leven has long been an Open Championship qualifying course.

The sea is visible form almost every hole, something which any true links course should encompass. The front nine is a test of your patience and fortitude while the back nine, especially the closing stretch of holes, requires careful course management and pinpoint accuracy.

Course Information

Par: 69
ACR:
Length (m): 6250
Architect:
Design Year: 1820

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Loch Lomond Golf Club

Luss by Alexandria, Dunbartonshire, SCO, G83 8NT
United Kingdom

Region: 1. Scotland

Loch Lomond Golf Club

Designed by Tom Weiskopf and Jay Morrish, the Loch Lomond parkland course is considered to be among the 'Top 100' finest golf courses in the world.

Designed by Tom Weiskopf and Jay Morrish, the Loch Lomond parkland course is considered to be among the 'Top 100' finest golf courses in the world.

The course is a true test of golf, demanding skill on the tee, on the fairway, and on and around the green. Streams and marshland areas form natural hazards, while majestic trees, including Scots Pine, Douglas Firs, and ancient oaks add to the grandeur.

Along with its championship course, Loch Lomond's clubhouse is extraordinary. Rossdhu is a Georgian manor house constructed in 1773, exactly 200 years before Tom Weiskopf won The Open Championship at Royal Troon.

Course Information

Par: 72
ACR:
Length (m): 6681
Architect: Tom Weiskopf and Jay Morrish
Design Year:

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Loch Lomond Golf Club - Dundonald Links

Luss by Alexandria, Dunbartonshire, SCO, G83 8NT
United Kingdom

Region: 1. Scotland

Loch Lomond Golf Club - Dundonald Links

The newest addition to Loch Lomond Golf Club is Dundonald Links. Designed by Kyle Phillips, one of the game's top architects, it has been recognised as one of the best new courses in the world. Situated by the sea near the legendary town of Troon, Dundonald Link's soil and climate conditions make the course suitable for year-round play.

The newest addition to Loch Lomond Golf Club is Dundonald Links. Designed by Kyle Phillips, one of the game's top architects, it has been recognised as one of the best new courses in the world.

Situated by the sea near the legendary town of Troon, Dundonald Link's soil and climate conditions make the course suitable for year-round play.

Course Information

Par: 72
ACR:
Length (m): 6680
Architect: Kyle Phillips
Design Year: 2004

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Luffness New Golf Club

Aberlady
East Lothian, SCO, EH32 0QA
United Kingdom

Region: 1. Scotland

Luffness New Golf Club

Luffness New Golf Club was established in l894 when its course was designed by Old Tom Morris. A challenging traditional links course, recently lengthened and with a second par 5 hole introduced, is a host for qualifying rounds of the Open Championship.

Luffness New Golf Club was established in l894 when its course was designed by Old Tom Morris. A challenging traditional links course, recently lengthened and with a second par 5 hole introduced, is a host for qualifying rounds of the Open Championship. However the main purpose of the Club remains to serve the needs of its members and visitors. Not for them the island greens surrounded by water, lakes on every hole or a succession of problems far beyond the average player. The course can be hard – mighty hard – when the wind blows down the Forth and the rough is thick enough to whet the whistle of a hungry herd. There are distinctive bunkers too but, like all great courses, Luffness rewards the virtues.

The fairways are beautifully kept, and the golfer who can keep the ball down the middle will find little to worry him, but there is plenty of trouble in store for the wanderers. The bunkers are placed fairly to punish the errant shot and furthermore they are constructed to penalise severely those who cannot get the ball in the air. The course measures 6328 yds, Par 70, SS 71, a reasonable figure on a calm day, but very tight if even a slight wind blowing.

On Scotland's coasts wind can be an incalculable hazard, and the caddies have been heard to say “It will take you three to be up there in two today, Sir” – the second, ninth, and eighteenth fall into this category. The long fourth hole (531 yards) is a very good hole of its type with a deceptive hollow in front of the green calling for a well judged approach. The eighth and twelfth holes also merit a special word of praise for their attractive layout from the tee. The fourth and twelfth greens are situated close to the clubhouse; members are thus able to play a number of permutations without having to walk back from the country.

Course Information

Par: 70
ACR:
Length (m): 5786
Architect: Old Tom Morris
Design Year: 1894

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Machrie Hotel & Golf Links

Port Ellen, Isle of Islay, Argyll, SCO, PA42 7AN
United Kingdom

Region: 1. Scotland

Machrie Hotel & Golf Links

The Machrie Hotel and Golf Links is a home away from home on the beautiful Hebridean island of Islay. The Machrie offers the ideal balance: a famous classic links course perched above the golden sands of Laggan bay ' an unforgettable golfing experience ' combined with a hotel run with the warmth and informality that brings people back time and again.

The Machrie Hotel and Golf Links is a home away from home on the beautiful Hebridean island of Islay. The Machrie offers the ideal balance: a famous classic links course perched above the golden sands of Laggan bay – an unforgettable golfing experience – combined with a hotel run with the warmth and informality that brings people back time and again.

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. At 6250 yards long, the course is considered a subtle beast with a sense of humour. In the natural sand dunes lurk its wicked teeth, and a capricious temperament sometimes provoked by winds of varied strengths and direction.

Course Information

Par: 71
ACR:
Length (m): 6250
Architect: Willie Campbell
Design Year: 1891

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Machrihanish Dunes Golf Club

Site 1; D.E. Machrihanish
Machrihanish, Argyll, SCO, PA28 6NU
United Kingdom

Region: 1. Scotland

Machrihanish Dunes Golf Club

Machrihanish Dunes Golf Club is the first golf course to have been built on a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSi) since the days of "Old Tom" himself. It is also the first 18-hole links golf course to be built on the west coast of Scotland in 100 years. Set hard against the shores of the Atlantic Ocean, Machrihanish Dunes shares breathtaking views with the adjacent Machrihanish Golf Club links laid out by "Old Tom" Morris in 1879, one of Scotland's classic and most revered links. Measuring 7,300 yards, Machrihanish Dunes features six greens and five tees at the ocean's edge.

Machrihanish Dunes Golf Club is the first golf course to have been built on a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSi) since the days of "Old Tom" himself. It is also the first 18-hole links golf course to be built on the west coast of Scotland in 100 years. Set hard against the shores of the Atlantic Ocean, Machrihanish Dunes shares breathtaking views with the adjacent Machrihanish Golf Club links laid out by "Old Tom" Morris in 1879, one of Scotland’s classic and most revered links. Measuring 7,300 yards, Machrihanish Dunes features six greens and five tees at the ocean’s edge.

The two courses along with the creation of new luxury accommodations provide an even more compelling reason to seek out Machrihanish Dunes. Within a 35-mile radius lie five of the world’s greatest links golf courses. Four have hosted the Open Championship while the fifth is ranked amongst the most beautiful golf courses in the world. Turnberry, Prestwick and Royal Troon in Scotland, Royal County Down in Ireland and Royal Portrush, the only Irish golf course ever to host the Open Championship, are all less than an hour away.

At Machrihanish Dunes, golfers will also be able to relax and unwind in the Clubhouse (scheduled to open in 2010). Distinctively Scottish in design, the Clubhouse will have its own restaurant and pub along with men’s and women’s locker rooms.

Machrihanish Dunes promises to be the world’s next great golf experience. One that beckons those with a deep passion and true respect for the roots of the game. One that is naturally born of the land and yet, has been molded to extract its most superb attributes. One that instantly takes your breath away with its majestic beauty; along with its prolific challenges. One that offers a vast and wondrous links land that is centuries old, to be enjoyed for centuries to come.

Course Information

Par: 72
ACR:
Length (m): 6675
Architect: David McLay Kidd
Design Year: 2009

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Machrihanish Golf Club

Campbeltown. Argyll, SCO, PA28 6PT
United Kingdom

Region: 1. Scotland

Machrihanish Golf Club

Machrihanish Golf Club is situated on the Kintyre Peninsula 140 miles by road from Glasgow. The superior natural 18 hole golf course is well known throughout the world, voted to have "the best opening hole in golf" by golf architects and players and listed in the top 100 golf courses outside the USA by the Golfer's Digest.

Machrihanish Golf Club is situated on the Kintyre Peninsula 140 miles by road from Glasgow. The superior natural 18 hole golf course is well known throughout the world, voted to have "the best opening hole in golf" by golf architects and players and listed in the top 100 golf courses outside the USA by the Golfer's Digest.

Little has been changed to disturb the natural scenic beauty and inspiring challenge of the delightful 18 hole links golf course. The outward nine follow the hills and hollows among the sand dunes, with the stunning clear waters lapping on the sandy beach by the opening hole.

The course, unlike mainland courses, plays differently every day with wind temperatures, strengths and directions changing quickly and regularly affected by the Atlantic currents and the coastal conditions.

The club here is very friendly and welcoming, with visitors returning from around the globe to play this unique course then finish the day watching the stunning sunsets over Islay.

Course Information

Par: 70
ACR:
Length (m): 5858
Architect:
Design Year:

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Muirfield

Duncur Road
Muirfield, Gullane, East Lothian, SCO, EH31 2EG
United Kingdom

Region: 1. Scotland

Muirfield

Muirfield is the home of The Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers whose records date back to 1744. Muirfield Golf Course is simply unique with many memories of Open Championships and possessing some of the most memorable holes in golf, Muirfield Golf Course will captivate any player.

Muirfield is the home of The Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers whose records date back to 1744. Muirfield Golf Course is simply unique. Words usually fail to describe how it feels to play the couse. With many memories of Open Championships and possessing some of the most memorable holes in golf, Muirfield Golf Course will captivate any player.

The East Lothian course is regarded by many of the game's top players as being the "fairest" on the rota of courses used by the R&A for the Open Championship.  One of the unusual charms about the Scottish version is that it is laid out in two separate loops, the front nine running clockwise on the outer and the back nine going in the opposite direction on the inner.

Muirfield certainly has a history of producing 'great' champions, the latest being Ernie Els, who lifted the Claret Jug there last year. Jack Nicklaus was also an Open winner here and he was so impressed that he decided to name his own course in Ohio as 'Muirfield Village'.

Course Information

Par: 6616
ACR:
Length (m): 71
Architect: Old Tom Morris
Design Year: 1891

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Murcar Links Golf Club

Bridge of Don
Aberdeen, SCO, AB23 8BD
United Kingdom

Region: 1. Scotland

Murcar Links Golf Club

Murcar Golf Links was established in 1909 to the design of Archie Simpson, with later refinements made in the 1930's by the celebrated golf course designer James Braid. It has recently undergone alterations and improvements that are sympathetic to what Simpson and Braid set out to achieve.

The Murcar Championship Golf Links was established in 1909 to the design of Archie Simpson, with later refinements made in the 1930's by the celebrated golf course designer James Braid. It has recently undergone alterations and improvements that are sympathetic to what Simpson and Braid set out to achieve.

Murcar frequently features in the Top 100 courses in the UK and has been host to the European Chanllenge Tour's inaugural Scottish Challenge. 

Not for the beginner or the faint hearted, Murcar Link's is a par 71 natural Championship links, which represents a truly challenging test of golf. To play it requires every shot in the book and if the wind is up, a few more besides!

Course Information

Par: 5773
ACR:
Length (m): 71
Architect: Archie Simpson
Design Year: 1909

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Musselburgh Links (Old Course)

10 Balcarres Road
Musselburgh, East Lothian, SCO, EH21 7SD
United Kingdom

Region: 1. Scotland

Musselburgh Links (Old Course)

Musselburgh Old Course situated on Musselburgh Links, is officially recognised by Guinness World Records, as the oldest surviving golf course. Host to six Open Championships (1874 '1889) and home to five Open Champions, history plays a very important part in the everyday life of the Club and course.

Musselburgh Old Course situated on Musselburgh Links, is officially recognised by Guinness World Records, as the oldest surviving golf course. Host to six Open Championships (1874 -1889) and home to five Open Champions, history plays a very important part in the everyday life of the Club and course.

Originally built in 1873 by The Edinburgh Royal Burgess Golfing Society, our Clubhouse is an authentic and original period clubhouse from that time. Although the Burgess Club left in 1893 to set up home at Barnton, on the west side of Edinburgh, the building has never been used as a dwelling home. It has seen many different purposes over the 20th century, including use as a dental appliance factory. It was only in 1995 when Musselburgh Old Course Golf Club, assisted by East Lothian District Council and The Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews, purchased the building and set about restoring it to its original purpose.

Located in a street which housed the clubhouses of famous golf clubs such as The Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers, The Bruntsfield Links Golfing Society and the Royal Musselburgh Golf Club, it becomes very clear what an important part in golfing history Musselburgh played. Our clubhouse has seen many of the historic events and is a true testimony to the forefathers of our game.

The main lounge is a large area offering bar and catering facilities as well as quiet areas simply to relax. The building of a mezzanine floor allows a quiet reflective area where you can chat about your round with friends or just simply wind the day down and reflect.

The clubhouse is a treasure trove of information for visitors where many of the events and characters of Musselburgh are celebrated. On request, short tours can be arranged that will enhance your experience and knowledge.

Course Information

Par: 34
ACR:
Length (m): 2628
Architect: Unknown
Design Year: 1567

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Nairn Golf Club

Seabank Road
Nairn, SCO, IV12 4HB
United Kingdom

Region: 1. Scotland

Nairn Golf Club

Nairn Golf Club is set on the Moray Firth coast in the Highlands of Scotland, and boasts sea views from every hole. It is one of Scotland's lesser-known gems.

Nairn Golf Club was founded following a meeting of gentlemen interested in the game of golf in September 1887. Set on the Moray Firth coast in the Highlands of Scotland, Nairn represents traditional Scottish links golf at its very best.

Certainly one of Scotland's finest and most picturesque links courses, the par 72 layout at Nairn comprises over 100 bunkers, guarding subtle greens and gorse lined fairways, which unanimously demand accurate ball striking. The course lies directly on the coast and offers all the natural hazards one would expect, including an abundance of heather, whins and burns.

Always in excellent condition, its greens are renowned as being fast and true. Eighty years ago, having played the Championship Course, James Braid commented on their quality – “The texture of the turf and character of the greens is unrivalled.”

Course Information

Par: 71
ACR:
Length (m): 6051
Architect: Archie Simpson
Design Year: 1887

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North Berwick Golf Club

Beach Road
North Berwick, East Lothian, SCO, EH39 4BB
United Kingdom

Region: 1. Scotland

North Berwick Golf Club

North Berwick Golf Club provides a perfect blend of tradition, hospitality and a unique golfing challenge. The course is a true Links, starting in the town centre and stretching west along the shores of the Firth of Forth.

North Berwick Golf Club provides a perfect blend of tradition, hospitality and a unique golfing challenge. The course is a true Links, starting in the town centre and stretching west along the shores of the Firth of Forth.

Guests will be as impressed with stunning views over sandy beaches, rocky islands and the hills of Fife to the north, as with a course which features the best of traditional links design.

North Berwick Golf Club, the 13th oldest in the world, has a long and proud history, from staging many of the legendary challenge matches of the 19th Century to hosting major events, including Final Qualifying for the Open Championship, in the 21st.

Course Information

Par: 71
ACR:
Length (m): 6041
Architect:
Design Year: 1832

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Prestwick Golf Club

2 Links Road
Prestwick, SCO, KA9 1QG
United Kingdom

Region: 1. Scotland

Prestwick Golf Club

Prestwick Golf Club is situated just half an hour south west of Glasgow on the famous golfing Ayrshire coast. A stretch of land unequalled anywhere in the world for prime golfing terrain.

Forever remembered as the birthplace of the Open Championship, Prestwick Golf Club has hosted 24 Opens in all, the last one being 1926, after which the crowds were deemed too large.

Prestwick Golf Club is situated just half an hour south west of Glasgow on the famous golfing Ayrshire coast. A stretch of land unequalled anywhere in the world for prime golfing terrain. Prestwick shares it boundaries with Royal Troon and is just 20 minutes from Turnberry, with Open final qualifying courses such as Kilmarnock Barassie, Glasgow Gailes, Western Gailes and Irvine Bogside all within just 5 minutes drive.

Prestwick Golf Club is a relaxed and friendly club that enjoys hosting golfers from all around the World. Visitors are encouraged to use their temporary membership to its full capacity, and enjoy the full lunch in the lavish Dining room or just a snack in the relaxed Cardinal room.

Course Information

Par: 71
ACR:
Length (m): 6158
Architect:
Design Year: 1851

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Royal Aberdeen Golf Club

Balgownie Links, Links Rd
Aberdeen, SCO, AB23 8AT
United Kingdom

Region: 1. Scotland

Royal Aberdeen Golf Club

The course runs essentially out and back along the North Sea shore. The outward nine (which is arguably acknowledged as one of the finest in links golf anywhere in the world) cuts its way through some wonderful dune formation and the inland nine on the plateau.

The course runs essentially out and back along the North Sea shore. The outward nine (which is arguably acknowledged as one of the finest in links golf anywhere in the world) cuts its way through some wonderful dune formation and the inland nine on the plateau.

A traditional old Scottish links, it is well bunkered with undulating fairways. It is an excellent balance of holes, strong par 4's, tricky par 3's and two classic par 5's, with the 8th protected by 10 bunkers. The ever changing wind, tight greens and a magnificent finish makes Balgownie a test for the very best.

Course Information

Par: 71
ACR:
Length (m): 5695
Architect: Archie and Robert Simpson
Design Year: 1780

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Royal Dornoch Golf Club

Golf Road
Dornoch, Sutherland, SCO, IV25 3LW
United Kingdom

Region: 1. Scotland

Royal Dornoch Golf Club

Royal Dornoch Golf Club is one of the best courses you will play. Rated 14 in the world by Golf Magazine it is easy to see why. Absolutely beautiful, yet wild and very isolated. There are plenty of great holes and is a definite MUST play.

Royal Dornoch Golf Club's championship course is rated 5th in the world outside the USA. It can be enjoyed by the average player, but also offers repeated and fresh challenge to the expert. Royal Dornoch is located away from any large towns. It has a unique atmosphere and is a haven of peace and tranquillity.

Records show the game was being played in 1616 on the town land on the links along the seashore. It was Old Tom Morris who had the honour of really designing the Championship Course before John Sutherland added the final gloss. Donald Ross also learnt his golf on the links.

Dornoch today continues to honour that philosophy. It asks that golfers create shots, play by feel and instinct, and let go of charts and mechanical thinking.

Course Information

Par: 70
ACR:
Length (m): 6130
Architect: Tom Morris
Design Year: 1877

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Royal Troon Golf Club - Old Course

Craigend Road
Troon, Ayrshire, SCO, KA10 6EP
United Kingdom

Region: 1. Scotland

Royal Troon Golf Club - Old Course

Royal Troon's Old Course is regarded as one of the great links courses in Scotland. It is a challenging test of golfing ability with the wind to contend with, and deep rough interspersed with gorse and broom.

Founded in 1878 by a few enthusiasts Troon Golf Club soon outgrew its purely local reputation. The Old Course today presents a stern golfing examination and in particular the inward half of Royal Troon is widely accepted as the most demanding of any Course on the Championship rota.

One of the great links courses in Scotland, the Old Course is a challenging test of golfing ability. With the wind to contend with, and deep rough interspersed with gorse and broom, accurate shot making is essential. Players should make their scores on the outward nine, as the prevailing north-westerly wind can make the back nine extremely difficult.

 

Course Information

Par: 71
ACR: 74
Length (m): 6537
Architect: Willie Fernie
Design Year: 1878

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Royal Troon Golf Club - Portland Course

Craigend Road
Troon, Ayrshire, SCO, KA10 6EP
United Kingdom

Region: 1. Scotland

Royal Troon Golf Club - Portland Course

Although a links course, the Portland is a little more sheltered than the Old Course and, of course, shorter. The holes meander through terrain filled with gorse and broom and has a generous helping of Par 3's, five in all. This is tempered however, with four Par 5's, all of which are on the back nine.

The Portland Course at Royal Troon Golf Club came about in June of 1895, though it was called the Relief Course until 1924.

The Portland Course at Royal Troon Golf Club is a links golf course, and it is more sheltered and shorter than the Old Course, with holes that make their way over land covered by gorse and broom and has five par-3 holes.

Save some strength for the back nine on the Portland Course at Royal Troon Golf Club: It has the golf course's par-5 holes - all four of them.

Course Information

Par: 70
ACR:
Length (m): 5240
Architect:
Design Year: 1895

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St Andrews Link - The Castle Course

West Sands Road
St Andrews, Fife, SCO, KY16 9XL
United Kingdom

Region: 1. Scotland

St Andrews Link - The Castle Course

The Castle Course at St Andrews will have an unparalleled pedigree, joining a family of courses that have attracted the very best players in the history of the game as well as untold thousands of golfers eager to experience for themselves the thrill of the ancient links, which were given over to the people of the town in 1123 by King David I of Scotland.

The Castle Course at St Andrews will have an unparalleled pedigree, joining a family of courses that have attracted the very best players in the history of the game as well as untold thousands of golfers eager to experience for themselves the thrill of the ancient links, which were given over to the people of the town in 1123 by King David I of Scotland.

Although the Castle Course is not a links course it has been designed with the Scottish links tradition very much in mind. The approaches to the green will be similar to the greens themselves so that running shots will be playable as well as pitches. Also in the Scottish tradition, the grasses being cultivated at the site are a bent and fescue mix. Fescues will also feature strongly in the extensive areas of natural rough and wild meadow which will provide a variety of habitats for wildlife including the very rare maiden pink species which has been found on the 220 acre (90 hectare) site.

The experience of playing the Castle Course will be a treat for the senses. The North Sea is a visible presence on every hole while the view towards St Andrews is one of the finest possible.

Course Information

Par: 71
ACR:
Length (m): 6180
Architect: David McLay Kidd
Design Year: 2008

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St Andrews Links - Balgove Course

West Sands Road, St Andrews, Fife KY16 9XL, Scotland
St Andrews, SCO
United Kingdom

Region: 1. Scotland

St Andrews Links - Balgove Course

This 1520 yard nine-hole course has bunkers and a double green and offers an authentic golfing experience to children and beginners. The green fee is for 9 or 18 holes. Originally opened in 1972, the Balgove was remodelled by Donald Steel in 1993 and it is now a popular course for residents and visitors alike. It is especially suitable for families playing golf together.

Course Information

Par: 30
ACR:
Length (m): 1520
Architect: Donald Steel
Design Year: 1972

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St Andrews Links - New Course

West Sands Road
St Andrews, Fife KY16 9XL, Scotland, SCO
United Kingdom

Region: 1. Scotland

St Andrews Links - New Course

Now over 100 years old ,the New Course at St Andrews Links is probably the oldest "new" course in the world. Opened in April 1895, the course was built in response to increasing demand for golf at St Andrews, both from locals and visitors.

Now over 100 years old, the New Course at St Andrews Links is probably the oldest "new" course in the world. Opened in April 1895, the course was built in response to increasing demand for golf at St Andrews, both from locals and from the visitors who were flocking to the town in increasing numbers on the recently constructed railway.

The result is a classic links course with great skill designed to exploit the natural topography. It's built over flat, open-spaced ground with many undulations and depressions. Sandy soil and coarse grasses dominate the course.

Some say that the reputation of the Old Course has caused the magnificence of the New Course to be one of golf's best-kept secrets. Even though it remains one of the oldest and most storied courses in Fife, it's far easier to land a tee time than its more storied neighbour.

Course Information

Par: 71
ACR:
Length (m): 6625
Architect:
Design Year: 1895

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St Andrews Links - Old Course

West Sands Road
St Andrews, Fife, SCO, KY16 9XL
United Kingdom

Region: 1. Scotland

St Andrews Links - Old Course

The Old Course at St Andrews is a must for all avid golfers, who should make the pilgrimage at least once in their lifetime. This is where it all started, the undoubted Home of Golf.

The Old Course at St Andrews is a must for all avid golfers, who should make the pilgrimage at least once in their lifetime. This is where it all started – the undoubted Home of Golf.

This traditional links course is the oldest in the world. Its layout is unique and challenging and the sense of history is overwhelming. To tread the turf of St Andrews, where in the 13th century shepherds played a form of golf, is a marvellous experience. The course is known for its 112 bunkers including one of the most famous in golf, the Road Hole bunker at the 17th hole.

A peculiar feature of the layout of the Old Course is the double greens where the outward and inward holes are cut on the same putting surface. These large greens can mean that golfers may be faced with putts of almost 100 yards.

Course Information

Par: 72
ACR:
Length (m): 6721
Architect:
Design Year:

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The Blairgowrie Golf Club - Rosemount Course

Golf Course Road
Rosemount, Blairgowrie, SCO, PH10 6LG
United Kingdom

Region: 1. Scotland

The Blairgowrie Golf Club - Rosemount Course

The courses of The Blairgowrie Golf Club are virtually unique and have that wonderful charm found at very few courses where each hole is unaffected and untouched by another. The combination of Heathland and Woodland provides each hole with a peace and tranquillity completely unspoilt by preceding or following games.

The courses of The Blairgowrie Golf Club are virtually unique and have that wonderful charm found at very few courses where each hole is unaffected and untouched by another. The combination of Heathland and Woodland provides each hole with a peace and tranquillity completely unspoilt by preceding or following games.

The pine, silver birch and heather lined fairways provide a natural habitat to be enjoyed not just by the golfers, but shared with the exquisite wildlife, which includes deer and red squirrels, woodpeckers and oyster catchers to name but a few.

Described by Tom Morris as, “The most beautiful inland green I have ever seen”, the Rosemount course certainly lives up to its reputation. Designed by James Braid with influences from Dr. Alistair McKenzie, the renowned architect of the Augusta National course, Rosemount has played host to a number of prestigious professional and amateur tournaments.

Course Information

Par: 72
ACR:
Length (m): 6021
Architect: James Braid
Design Year:

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The Golf House Club, Elie

Golf Course Lane
Elie, SCO, KY9 1AS
United Kingdom

Region: 1. Scotland

The Golf House Club, Elie

Elie is one of the most highly regarded courses in Scotland and the historic links terrain effortlessly combines undulating fairways with large, fast and firm greens. It also has some sensational views for golfers to enjoy and these play an important part in creating what is one of the most wonderful golfing experiences not just in Fife, but also in Scotland.

Elie is one of the most highly regarded courses in Scotland and the historic links terrain effortlessly combines undulating fairways with large, fast and firm greens.

It also has some sensational views for golfers to enjoy and these play an important part in creating what is one of the most wonderful golfing experiences not just in Fife, but also in Scotland.

Indeed, Peter Thomson, winner of five Open Championships, calls Elie a jewel amongst Scotland’s elite courses, and says: “It’s quirky and it’s the most enjoyable course I know. If I had my way I’d build Elies all over the world.”

Elie is not a course that gives up good scores easily and the patient player that crafts their way around these cultured links will always fare better than the thoughtless golfer who tries simply to overpower them.

At 6,273 yards the course is not long, but its network of bunkers are beautifully placed to catch those that stray offline or misjudge their distances. This can be all too easy to do, especially as the prevailing south westerly breeze slackens or stiffens during the course of a round.

Elie’s quick and contoured greens add a further layer of protection and the manicured putting surfaces rank comfortably alongside the best in the country. 

Many of the holes at Elie have won plaudits from some of the most talented players in the world and Kel Nagle, the 1960 Open Championship winner, described the third, “As one of the best in the country.”

For James Baird, five times Open Championship winner, the 13th was his favourite and he proclaimed it to be, “The finest in all the country.”

Indeed, before advances in technology enabled the professional players to hit the ball out of sight, the quality of the course at Elie saw it chosen to host many notable tournaments. 

These have included: the British Seniors Championship, the Scottish Professionals Championship, the Scottish Ladies Championship and qualifying rounds for the Open Championship.

As you come to the end of your own round, you will be able to pick a favourite hole of your own and see just how well your game has stood up to the excellent examination Elie will give it.

Course Information

Par: 70
ACR:
Length (m): 5736
Architect: Old Tom Morris
Design Year: 1877

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Trump International Golf Links

Menie Park Lodge, Menie Estate Balmedie
Aberdeen, SCO, AB23 8YE
United Kingdom

Region: 1. Scotland

Trump International Golf Links

Trump International is certainly visually spectacular and a beautiful layout. Currently rated 48 in the world by Golf Magazine, Trump International is a classical Scottish links set on the North Sea coastline between Murcar Links and Cruden Bay.

The central focus of the development is the golf course designed by Dr. Martin Hawtree, the acknowledged master of links golf course architecture.

The championship golf course is a classical Scottish links.  The course has a Par of 72 and a maximum length of just over 6767 meters.  The golf course follows a classical pattern of two out-and-back loops of nine holes. 

All 18 holes thread their way engagingly through the dunes, rising to find views of the sea and coastline, plunging into secluded valleys, offering a sequence of superlative topography, landscape, alternating spaciousness and enclosure, panoramic views, a rich texture of vegetation and wildlife habitats surrounding the golf holes.

Each hole has six separate tees catering for all classes of golfer.  The bunkers are placed to challenge the stronger player and not unduly punish the weaker golfer.  All bunkers are turf-revetted in traditional style to combat wind and erosion and sand-blow.  Greens have been sited in natural promontories and valleys and are featured in relation to their setting.

The course is constructed to a high specification and has a design and infrastructure capable of hosting a major competition.

Course Information

Par: 72
ACR:
Length (m): 6767
Architect: Dr. Martin Hawtree
Design Year:

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Turnberry Resort - Ailsa Course

Turnberry, Ayrshire, SCO, KA26 9LT
United Kingdom

Region: 1. Scotland

Turnberry Resort - Ailsa Course

The Ailsa course at Turnberry is spectacular, sitting on a perfect piece of links land with the water providing a perfect backdrop. Home to a number of memorable Open Championships, the course has been remodelled providing even more challenge.

The most junior of Open venues, the Ailsa course at Turnberry is nevertheless one of the best and toughest challenges in championship golf.

Sited between the magnificent Trump Turnberry Resort and the sea, this great course weaves in and out of spectacular dunes that, with Turnberry lighthouse and Ailsa Craig standing over 1200 foot high out at sea, form great backdrops to all of the holes.

The course has recently undergone an extensive renovation with the changing of a number of holes providing even more excitement along the cliffs. In fact the trio of holes 9, 10, 11 rival if not surpass those at Pebble Beach. The iconic Turnberry lighthouse has been transformed into arguably the world's best halfway house providing amazing views at the end of the 9th hole.

Although stretched to over 7,000 yards for Open Championships, the medal course is not one that demands great power for par but rather more care and attention to detail both off the tee and with the approach shots. This course has seen some of the best exhibitions ever in the game, particularly over its closing holes testing the world's greatest players to their limits.

Course Information

Par: 72
ACR:
Length (m): 5855
Architect: Willie Fernie, McPherson Ebert
Design Year: 1909, 2016

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Western Gailes Golf Club

Gailes, Irvine, SCO, KA11 5AE
United Kingdom

Region: 1. Scotland

Western Gailes Golf Club

Western Gailes Golf Club, founded in 1897, is situated on the Ayrshire coast of Scotland where many of the finest Scottish golf links are located. It is recognised as one of the finest and true links courses in Scotland.

Western Gailes Golf Club, founded in 1897, is situated on the Ayrshire coast of Scotland where many of the finest Scottish golf links are located and is only 4 miles from Glasgow Prestwick International Airport. It is recognised as one of the finest and true links courses in Scotland measuring 6899 yards from the championship tees.

The course has played host to the Curtis Cup, PGA Championship, Seniors and prestigious Scottish Amateur Championship. It is also one of the final qualifying courses when The Open is played at Turnberry or Royal Troon.

The clubhouse, with its view of the hills of Arran and the sharp outline of Ailsa Craig standing out from the shimmering sea, gives an instant picture of the delights Western provides and the comforts it affords to all who visit.

Course Information

Par: 71
ACR:
Length (m): 6247
Architect:
Design Year: 1897

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Scotland Location Map

Occupying the northern third of Great Britain is Scotland, a land of dramatic landscapes, turbulent history, and of course the home of golf. Though small in size and population (approximately 5 million people) the country’s capital Edinburgh is one of the largest financial centres in Europe. Scotland itself has a spectacular array of landscapes, from the gentle rolling hills of Dumfries and Galloway to the breathtaking peaks of the Cairngorms, and from the rugged coastlines of the north east to the sub-tropical gardens of Wester Ross. Scotland's dramatic history spans 8,000 years marked by invasions, wars, religious upheavals, and famous historical figures. According to the most widely accepted account, the modern game of golf originated in Scotland around the 12th century, with shepherds knocking stones into rabbit holes on the current site of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews. Today, more than 550 golf courses (many of which are considered to be amongst the best golf courses in the world) populate the country from head to toe!

The East Coast

The Old Course, St Andrews originally consisted of twenty-two holes, eleven out and eleven back. In 1764, the Society of St Andrews Golfers, which later became the Royal and Ancient Golf Club, decided that some holes were too short and combined them. This reduced the course to eighteen holes and created what became the standard round of golf throughout the world. The track through the whin bushes on which the Old Course evolved was so narrow that golfers played to the same holes going out and coming in.

As the game became increasingly popular in the nineteenth century, golfers in different matches would find themselves playing to the same hole, but from opposite directions. To relieve the congestion, two holes were cut on each green; those for the first nine were equipped with a white flag and those for the second nine with a red flag.

The Open Championship was first played on the Old Course at St Andrews in 1873. With the 27th staging of the world's premier golf event taking place again on the Old Course in 2005, St Andrews has held the event more often than anywhere else.

Muirfield is the course of “The Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers” (HCEG), the world’s oldest golf club, formed in 1744. The design layout is a masterpiece and highly unusual for links courses of this era. Most courses were laid out simply, nine out and nine back.  Muirfield is different; it was the first to be designed with two concentric rings of nine holes.  The outward nine holes run clockwise around the edge and the inward nine run anti-clockwise, sitting inside the outward nine. 

Host to fifteen Opens, most recently in 2002, Muirfield is considered by many of the top professionals to be one of the fairest Open Championship golf courses. Muirfield is an eccentric but traditional golf links of the highest calibre.

Golf has been played over the links at Carnoustie Golf Club since the 1500’s but the present course came into being in 1850 when it was designed by Alan Robertson of St Andrews. Some 20 years later the legendary Old Tom Morris improved and extended the course to 18 holes and in 1926 the famous architect James Braid redesigned the Championship course extensively. Carnoustie’s contribution to golf has not just been the Championship course, but also its people. In the early 1900’s many young men from Carnoustie emigrated to the United States of America and took with them not only club making skills but golfing talent in abundance.

Many golf clubs in the United States can trace a direct line to Carnoustie through the contribution given by these immigrants from Scotland. The most famous coach was Stewart Maiden from Carnoustie who was the first and only teacher of the incomparable Bobby Jones. Carnoustie Championship course is now in the finest condition it has ever been. Not only does it offer the ultimate challenge to every golfer but it provides a playing quality second to none.

The purity of the Kingsbarns Golf Links is complemented by a dramatic seaside setting and a welcoming staff dedicated to the highest standards of service and comfort. The course offers sea views from every hole as the routing serpentines along almost 2 miles of varying coastline. Sandy beaches, a rocky foreshore and the bay beyond Cambo Ness all reinforce the immediacy Kingsbarns enjoys with the North Sea. The traditional links fescue turf results in fast greens and almost equally quick running fairways.

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. It is claimed that golf was played in the village of Cruden Bay as early as 1791.

The original course, on the present site, was commissioned by the Great North of Scotland Railway (GNSR), designed by Old Tom Morris of St Andrews, and opened in 1899. Cruden Bay offers an internationally famous golfing experience - old fashioned links golf at its best - on one of the best links courses in Scotland, and placed at No 52 in the world by Golf Magazine.

Described by Tom Morris as, 'The most beautiful inland green I have ever seen', the Rosemount course at Blairgowrie Golf Club certainly lives up to its reputation. Designed by James Braid with influences from Dr. Alistair McKenzie, Rosemount has played host to a number of prestigious professional and amateur tournaments. It was the scene of Greg Norman's first European Tour victory in the 1977 Martini event. The Lansdowne course is more modern than the Rosemount course in layout, and offers a more challenging test. It was designed by the respected partnership of Peter Allis and Dave Thomas and was officially opened in 1979. Also set in avenues of pine and silver birch, most fairways are lined with heather, and the course provides a challenging but pleasurable test for all levels of golfer.

Royal Aberdeen Golf Club is very much a traditional old Scottish links. Well bunkered with undulating fairways, it is an excellent balance of holes, strong par 4's, tricky par 3's and two classic par 5's, with the 8th protected by 10 bunkers. The ever changing wind, tight greens and a magnificent finish makes Balgownie a test for the very best.

The course runs essentially out and back along the North Sea shore. The outward nine, arguably acknowledged as one of the finest in links golf anywhere in the world, cuts its way through some wonderful dune formation and the inland nine on the plateau.

Even in the glittering array of Scotland’s seaside golf courses, North Berwick Golf Club’s West Links stands out as a rare gem. Golf has been played on North Berwick links land, as in other parts of the country, since the early years of the seventeenth century, and possibly earlier than that. But it was the formation in 1832 of North Berwick Golf Club that marked the beginning of organised golf over terrain which in time would be expanded to become the West Links which we know today.

In recent years the Club has regularly played host to a Final Qualifying competition when the Open Championship is held at neighbouring Muirfield, and in that context many of today’s leading players have met with triumph or disaster on the West Links.

The eighteen holes of Gullane Golf Club’s No.1 Course were established in 1884. The well maintained greens, links grasses, numerous bunkers and sea breezes make a unique challenge for the serious golfer. The 3rd hole was recently voted one of the top 500 holes in the world by Golf Magazine. The world famous view from the highest point of the Course on the 7th tee across the course and over to Edinburgh, Fife and way beyond is worth the green fee alone.

The West Coast

Prestwick Golf Club was founded in 1851 by a group of members who met at the Red Lion Inn, Prestwick. The first Open championship was held at Prestwick in 1860, which was won by Willie Park of Musselburgh with a score of 174 over 36 holes. The Amateur Championship has been held at Prestwick on ten occasions from 1888 to 1987.

A stone cairn to the west of the Clubhouse marks the first tee of the original 12-hole course, from which the first Open was played. The 1st hole measured 578 yards to what is now the 16th green, where in 1870 Tom Morris Jr holed out in three strokes using hickory shafts and a gutty golf ball.

Long regarded as one of the finest courses in the world, The Ailsa Course, Turnberry came to international prominence with the famous duel between Jack Nicklaus and Tom Watson over the four days of the 1977 Open. Scene of some of the most memorable moments in Open history, the Ailsa Championship course is a legend in the world game.  Watson, Norman, Price; they’ve all won golf’s most coveted trophy here on the Turnberry links.  And the Open was once again hosted on the Ailsa in 2009. 

Perhaps the 9th hole is Turnberry's trademark, the remote tee set on a rocky premonitory on the edge of the sea, the drive across the corner of the bay and a glimpse of the site of Bruce's Castle. With the sea by your side and that famous lighthouse in the distance, there are few courses in the world that can match Turnberry for beauty.

Royal Troon Golf Club was formed on the 16th March 1878, at a Meeting of enthusiasts, in the Portland Arms Hotel in Troon. By 1880 the Club had six holes, and by 1888 these had been extended to eighteen holes. By the time of the 1997 Open Championship the Course stretched to over 7000 yards. In the Centenary Year, 1978, the Club was proud to receive the Royal Accolade and, to date is the most recent Club to be so honoured.  

One of the great links courses in Scotland, the Old Course is a challenging test of golfing ability. With the wind to contend with, and deep rough interspersed with gorse and broom, accurate shot making is essential. Players should make their scores on the outward nine, as the prevailing north-westerly wind can make the back nine extremely difficult.

Western Gailes Golf Club, founded in 1897, is situated on the Ayrshire coast of Scotland alongside many of the finest Scottish golf links courses. It is recognised as one of the finest and true links courses in Scotland measuring 6899 yards from the championship tees. In 1903 the great Harry Vardon won the first major championship at “Western” and in 1923 its attractions were being lauded by the then US Open Champion Gene Sarazen.

The course, as the standard scratch score rating of 74 indicates, is always an excellent test of true links golf. Any change in the strength or direction of the wind, that usually varies between south-westerly and north-westerly off the adjacent Firth of Clyde, provides new challenges that are compounded by the undulating terrain and finely contoured greens cleverly located and set in the folds of the surrounding sand dunes. The course has played host to the Curtis Cup, PGA Championship, seniors and prestigious Scottish Amateur Championship. It is also one of the final qualifying courses when The Open is played at Turnberry or Royal Troon.

Machrihanish Golf Club is situated on the Kintyre Peninsula and is well known throughout the world. It was voted to have the best opening hole in golf by golf architects and players and listed in the top 100 golf courses outside the USA by the Golfer's Digest.

The course presents a spectacular opening hole, large sandy bunkers, neat fairways, tough rough and greens of the highest standard. Little has been changed to disturb the natural scenic beauty and inspiring challenge of this delightful links golf course. The outward nine follow the hills and hollows among the sand dunes, with the stunning clear waters lapping on the sandy beach by the opening hole. The inward nine holes are pleasant with the backdrop of the south Kintyre hills. The course plays differently every day with wind temperatures, strengths and directions changing quickly and regularly affected by the Atlantic currents and the coastal conditions.

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. At 6250 yards long, The Machrie course is short, but shouldn’t be underestimated. In the natural sand dunes lie untold troubles, and wind and weather of a wide variety can turn it into a wild challenge.

The King's Course at Gleneagles opened in 1919, is a masterpiece of design, which has tested the aristocracy of golf, both professional and amateur. James Braid's plan for the King's Course was to test even the best players' shot-making skills over the eighteen holes. Selecting the right club for each approach shot is the secret on the King's.

It is certainly one of the most beautiful and exhilarating places to play golf in the world, with the springy moor land turf underfoot, the sweeping views from the tees all around, the rock-faced mountains to the north, the green hills to the south, and the peaks of the Trossachs and Ben Vorlich on the western horizon. All the holes have evocative and pithy Scots names such as Het Girdle and Warslin Lea.

Boasting a spectacular layout, Loch Lomond offers a truly memorable round of golf. Opened in 2007 and designed by acclaimed golf course architect Doug Carrick, the course is situated just 25 minutes from Glasgow and nestled alongside Loch Lomond. Nine holes stick to classic Scottish Lowland along the banks of Loch Lomond, while the other nine make you climb to tackle Highland heath and tee off on sloping fairways. The course has various challenges such as the various lagoons situated around the course as well as having 118 bunkers.

The Highlands

For a wild, woolly, and totally traditional golfing experience, Royal Dornoch Golf Club has to be on the short list. Set in the picturesque Highlands an hour north of Inverness, the Club is regularly rated in the World’s top fifteen courses, which is testament to its commitment to provide players with a pure, old-fashioned straight-out and straight-back game with plenty of challenges.

In its 130-year history, the 18-hole Championship Course has hosted many national events, plus the British Amateur Championship, and is enjoyed by its 1700 members, hosts of international golf tourists and pros who go there to get in some links practice for Open events. Praise from Ben Crenshaw and Tom Watson contributed to placing Royal Dornoch high on US visitors “must play” lists. The Club also has a second 18 - hole links, The Struie.

Nairn Golf Club’s truly remarkable feature is that from every hole you can see the Moray Firth and the golden colouring and changing lights of the Black Isle. Even more extraordinary – only too easily you can strike the ball into the sea on every one of the first seven! What delights the visitor and member alike is the Scottish-ness of the links. Other than in a strong westerly, it leads you in gently before demanding accurate driving and precision second shots. Gorse is a hazard.

The par 4 holes tease and confound and all four short holes are cunningly angled, with the 4th a little gem and the 14th simply spectacular. As three of the par 5 holes are over 530 yards long, it is a test for all. Yet, even more challenging than the humps and hollows that lurk in the fairways, is the trickery of the greens.

Brora Golf Club was established in 1891. In 1923 James Braid, five times Open champion and prolific designer of golf courses visited the course and redesigned the 18-hole layout which has stood the passing of time and remains a fair and challenging test of a true traditional links course. As with all seaside links there are some very special places throughout this course; the panorama of seascape and landscape from the second tee, the proximity of the sea to the 9th green and the beauty of the 13th green, one of the jewels in Braids crown.

Tarbatness, the 17th, so called because of the lighthouse which gives you the line and with the elevated tee, is one of the best driving holes in all of Scotland. Brora golf course represents all the attributes of a traditional Scottish Highland links, with a classic layout, an easy opening hole, and a short hole facing each cardinal point of the compass, you will have to adapt and manufacture according to whether the course is running fast or slow.

Useful Facts and Figures

Season
(Months)
Min Temp
(C/F)
Max Temp
(C/F)
Sunrise
Sunset
Spring
(Mar/Apr/May)
4/38
 12/53
6.12am 
8.24pm 
Summer
(Jun/Jul/Aug) 
 11/52
19/67
4.53am 
9.52pm 
Autumn
(Sep/Oct/Nov)
 6/43
 12/54
7.48am 
6.16pm 
Winter
(Dec/Jan/Feb)
 1/35
6/43 
8.37am 
4.16pm 

Winter: Cold and mainly wet. Pack lots of layers and waterproofs! Woolly hats and mitts will also help to keep you warm.

Spring: Mild but still wet! The East stays dry in the main but the West will get some rain. Pack shirts, sweaters and waterproofs. No need for woolly hats but a cap will help keep your head cosy. This is possibly the best time to play in Scotland as the crowds haven’t arrived and the weather is picking up nicely.

Summer: Warm and occasionally wet. Time to break out the shorts! Pack shirts and slipovers. The temperature can get into the 80’s so best pack some sunscreen too.

Autumn: Similar to spring – mild and dry in The East, with rain in The West. Pack shirts and sweaters along with the waterproofs. Short sleeved waterproof tops are ideal for the autumn.