Golf in Scotland

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Scotland is where the game of golf started and for anyone that takes the game seriously, you must experience exactly what golf in Scotland has to offer!

Golf has increased in popularity ever since it was first introduced with Scotland now home to more than 400 golf courses that house the hundreds of thousands affiliated golfers. The quality of the courses in the country has never waned and this is shown by the fact that Muirfield Golf Club was the host of the Open in July 2013 and the Ryder Cup 2014 will be played at Gleneagles; two major golfing events that are still played at the home of golf.

The game began on the east coast of the country and quickly spread down the coast from Aberdeenshire through Fife and into East Lothian. The Scots are very proud of their golfing history and across the majority of clubhouses and pro shops there are pictures of Scottish Greats such as Old Tom Morris and James Braid.

It truly is a remarkable place to play golf and it’s no wonder that thousands upon thousands of golfers from across the whole world head to the country to experience what it has to offer at first hand.

Scotland is probably most well-known for its quality links courses and iconic venues. The likes of St Andrews, Carnoustie and Turnberry, to name but a few, are all well-known venues across the entire world and have played host to the Open Championship in the past.

The country is not all illustrious names however and there numerous other golf courses that should be explored – even the not so good courses in Scotland are worth a go! Other than the courses on the Open cycle, there are plenty more to get excited about. Gleneagles, perhaps surprisingly due to how well known it is, has never been selected as an Open championship venue but, as mentioned before, the new PGA Centenary Course will host the Ryder Cup next year.

If you’re not keen on taking on some of the toughest courses on the pro circuit then there are a number of other courses available. From Royal Dornoch in the Scottish Highlands all the way down to Dalmahoy near Edinburgh, there truly are so many first-class courses to explore!

Away from the golf course, despite being a comparatively small country, there are plenty of historic sites to see. The majority of these sites are owned by either the National Trust of Scotland or Historic Scotland and you can become a member of one of these with ease, allowing you greater access when visiting the sites.

Watching sport is also extremely popular with the football and rugby seasons lasting from August to May – there are only two professional rugby union teams in Glasgow Warriors and Edinburgh Rugby that play in the RABO Pro Direct alongside sides from Wales, Ireland and Italy.

Scotland has plenty more to offer from a Whisky tour to the Edinburgh Festival, there is always something going on that will be of interest to you!

Getting to Scotland is really easy with direct flights to and from a number of major cities in Europe; however most Long haul flights still tend to be via London or Paris. It’s also easy to drive or take the train from England.

Golf in Scotland is still right at the top of the wish list of the majority of keen golfers. With the beautiful natural landscape, fantastic links courses and warm hospitality all combining together to create a great all round package.

Take a look at the brilliant golf holiday packages available on our website, and see for yourself what the home of golf truly has to offer!

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Destinations in Scotland

destination courses rating
West Coast 169 8.8
Lothian 60 8.7
Fife 44 8.5
Scottish Highlands 46 8.3
Tayside 56 8.3
Scottish Borders 17 7.6
Central 19 7.3
Outer Hebrides 6 5.5
  • Braid Hills Golf Club
    Overall a standard course, however I do prefer the other courses near by such as the merchants, due to the well maintained fairways and no gorse.
    Braid Hills Golf Club
    3.1 / 10 stars
    this review is the subjective opinion of a GOLFBOO user and not of GOLFBOO S.L
  • Merchants Of Edinburgh Golf Club
    Fantastic Course, Great scenery
    The course is very ideal for all types of players. The course is in the Center of Edinburgh and a great viewpoint to see the vast city. The club house has great food and carveries every Sunday! Overall I will definitely be returning, if I return back to Edinburgh. :)
    Merchants Of Edinburgh Golf Club
    10 / 10 stars
    this review is the subjective opinion of a GOLFBOO user and not of GOLFBOO S.L
  • Inverness Golf Club
    'Highland Hospitality@
    Arriving to play a golf course for the first time, there is nothing better than getting a warm and friendly welcome when you book in for your tee time. Unfortunately what I received at Inverness Golf Club on Sunday 30 October was NOTHING like a warm and friendly welcome! My two friends were collecting the cards and I was behind them looking round the pro shop when I heard a voice shout out, 'Are you wearing a shirt with a collar under that jersey?!' I wasn't sure at first if the question was directed to me (I thought I was reasonably presentable in a pair of chinos and my golf club sweater but how wrong I was!) but when I looked up, the smallish,plumpish guy behind the counter had stopped doing anything else in order to channel all his available energy in fixing a cold and icy stare in my direction! Realising that I was definitely the subject of the aggressive interrogation, I replied that yes, I was (I even found myself pulling out a collar from my polo shirt as evidence for goodness sake!) to which the 'welcoming party' responded menacingly 'well, it didn't look as if you did!'. Welcome to Inverness Golf Club right enough! At a time when all golf clubs are suffering from a decline in visitor numbers you would have thought that the old and wise saying about only having one chance to make a good first impression would be well to the fore(?!). What puzzled me even more was seeing other players out on the course wearing old denim jeans! The next day we played Torvean the other course in Inverness and the welcome we all received there was warm, friendly and helpful, everything in fact that Inverness Golf Club hadn't been! So if you're planning a golfing trip to Inverness , prepare yourself for an interrogation from the golfing fashion police or maybe instead do yourself a big favour and just play Torvean. Kevin Boyle
    Inverness Golf Club
    3.0 / 10 stars
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