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!