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Top Golf Courses in Scotland

The regions of Scotland have through the centuries maintained their differences, the Highlanders, largely Gaelic speaking were mobile cattle farmers, while the Lowlanders, English speaking, were firmly planted arable farmers. The Lowlands is the most densely populated region, an area of impressive castles, palaces, medieval burghs and by the two impressive cities of Edinburgh and Glasgow. The Highlands are characterised by the mountainous scenery, beautiful coastlines and a myriad of interesting islands. Top Golf Courses in Scotland Tain Golf Club and Crieff Golf Club are listed below.
29 Results In Or Near Scotland
With views across the Dornoch Firth, Tain's setting is dramatic with the estuary on one side and the mountains of Easter Ross on the other. John Sutherland revised the layout, but there are still 11 of Old Tom Morris's greens in use on the 6,404 yard lay-out. It's a links course with heather and gorse while the Aldie Burn meanders through the course, starting at the 391 yard par four second. The par four 11th (Alps) has blind approach shot over two dunes to a hidden green and then there are s...
Held as one of the best inland courses in Scotland, Crieff Golf Club sits in stunning Perthshire countryside, and it offers something of a retreat as well as incredible views. With a history that goes back to 1891, Crieff is well-known for the maintenance of its grounds.
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The Old Course at Edzell is set in 120 acres of ideal terrain. In 2001, an additional nine holes were laid out and the new course is called the West Water. Edzell is an inland course of real beauty and one of the best holes is 'Majuba', a short par three which needs a well played short iron to reach the green, which has a deceptive slope. It's three-putt territory above the hole. There's a flavour of Gleneagles, but the fairways are more tree-lined and there are a few blind shots. For valu...
James Braid fashioned the Gleneagles Hotel King's course that opened in 1919 set in the splendour of the Perthshire hills in Scotland. It has matured into one of the best moorland lay-outs in Scotland with majestic views of the Ochil Hills, Ben Vorlich and the Trossachs. The holes blend perfectly into the landscape, the springy fairways wind through heather and gorse. Mature pines, silver birch and rowan provide natural amphitheatres on several holes. One great hole follows another through ro...
The Queen's course, like the King's designed by James Braid, opened in 1917. It passes through high ridges on the north and west sides of the estate with ditches as water hazards and measures less than 6,000 yards, par 68, from the medal tees. But it remains an enjoyable challenge in a beautiful setting where deer appear from the woods and the holes dart between moorland and woodland to greens set in pretty glades. The first nine of 3,192 yards into the prevailing South Westerly breeze can ...
The PGA Centenary Course is a modern classic, combining the best of both the Queen's and King's, created in 1993 by Jack Nicklaus, with five different tees at each hole, the championship markers spanning the 7,088 yards that will be used for the 2014 Ryder Cup. American-style, formerly known as the Monarch's, with some long walks between greens and tees, it's a big stadium course, the longest inland course in Scotland with huge undulating greens, bold bunkering and several risk and reward hol...
Monifieth Medal is the major of the two courses - the lesser is the 5,100 yard Ashludie, while 6,650 yard Medal course is used as an Open Championship qualifying venue. It is the most westerly of three renowned links on the Angus coastline, the others being Panmure and Carnoustie. The course is built over undulating links with ridge dunes covered in gorse covered and, unusually, for a links course many holes also have tree lined fairways. A tough test, it has a railway line running on one sid...
Scotscraig Golf Club is the 13th oldest golf club in the world. It was established in 1817, and has been an Open Qualifier venue six times, most recently in 2010. With a mix of heathland and links holes, and superb hospitality, this is a memorable course that wins admirers easily.
Arguably the toughest links course in Britain. The Open Championship has been held here on 7 occasions, most recently in 2007. The present golf course was fashioned in 1850 by Alan Robertson of St Andrews. Gorse, broom, open ditches, pot bunkers on almost every fairway and tricky, speedy greens ruin cards and handicaps. The Barry Burn is an additional hazard over the final three holes. In the wind it is a monster off the back tees. The complementary Burnside and Buddon courses that weave arou...
Duff House was planned by James Braid in 1910 before Alister Mackenzie redesigned it in 1923. It is a flat, beautifully manicured parkland course with little rough and big two-tiered greens. The emphasis is placed on natural beauty rather than artificial features. There are no steep hills on the undulating fairways and few blind approach shots. There is always an alternative route for those not wishing to take risks over long carries. Two feature holes are the seventh, a 460-yard par four al...
The oldest and most iconic golf course in the world. The Swilcan Bridge and Hell Bunker are recognised across the globe, yet the greatest feature of the Old Course is that despite its grand status it remains a public golf course, open to all.
Murcar Links has undergone alterations recently which has stretched the layout to 6,560 yards. Originally designed by Archie Simpson and revised by James Braid, it is located on a classic stretch of links land with massive sand dunes, undulating fairways, and is covered in whins and heather with some magnificent views across the North Sea. There can be some wicked bounces off the crumpled fairways and there are burns and the odd blind shot to contend with. The signature hole is considered to...
Trump International Golf Links sits on the stunning Aberdeenshire coastline, offering an exceptional level of golf for players of all abilities. With stunning natural beauty and incredible hospitality, this is very much a destination course.
Close to St Andrews, the ‘Home of Golf', Lundin Golf Club is renowned for the quality of its course. With a history dating back to 1868, the original Tom Morris course was redesigned in 1909, by Open Champion, James Braid.
Golf on this former Open Qualifying course has been played dating back to 1846 on parts of these links with the current configuration coming into being in 1909 with input from Tom Morris. Leven Links is steeped in history not least because it is the archetypal links course. With its fine bents and fescues, its humps, bumps, hollows and ‘wispy' rough it could be well used as the very definition of a true links. As such it is to be savoured by all who play here. Leven also has the distinc...
Crail's Balcomie Links is set along the Fife coastline and several holes run alongside the sea and and rocky outcrops of the Firth foreshore which come into play at the second, fourth and fifth - ominously called Hell's Hole - where you must make up your mind whether to carry the beach or take the long way round. The 13th and 14th are superb and the last few holes are a test. No wonder Old Tom Morris. who designed it, described it as his favourite course. A second course, Craighead, has panor...
Westerwood, measures 6,307 yards with a par of 71, designed by Seve Ballesteros and Dave Thomas, offers gorgeous views over the Campsie and Kilsyth Hills and is one of the most talked-about new courses in Scotland. Seve's signature hole is the Waterfall par three 15th, played from an elevated tee to a green nestling inside a 60ft rock face with the waterfall behind it. Some drainage problems are being overcome. Tricky moorland greens. A variety of fantastic holes with no two the same requ...
If you enjoy the challenge of links golf, Western Gailes will test your skills to their limit. A magnificent seaside links with glorious turf and wonderful greens. It's a course that should be on every golfer's must play list. The club dates its history back to 1897 and offers a blend of the traditional and modern.
Shiskine Golf and Tennis Club is a 12 hole links course, which sits next to Blackwaterfoot beach, on the Isle of Arran. The club also offers tennis courts and a bowling green.
At the end of the Solway Firth is Powfoot, one of the area's best but least well-known courses. Laid out by James Braid in 1903, it weaves its way along the Firth on undulating links before the last four holes which are almost parkland in feel. Measuring 6,255 yards, it's not long but five holes are more than 400 yards and the third which hugs the shoreline is a beauty while short seventh and the ninth are also real challenges, the ninth especially with a long carry from the tee and a tricky ...
Southerness is set on the remote Solway Firth with panoramic views of Criffel Peak and across to the Lake District of Cumbria. Philip Mackenzie Ross laid out the course and it is considered to be his best creation. A little over 6,500 yards with a par of 69, it's a tough test with two short par fives offering realistic birdie opportunities, but there are eight par fours over 400 yards. The best holes run along the shore, starting with the eighth and the 12th and 13th are particularly good hol...
This 18-hole course is one of the very best parkland golf courses in Dumfries & Galloway. There is a welcoming and friendly atmosphere here, and a round on the course will be challenging as well as relaxing. There are no members and no competitions - just an excellent golf course to enjoy.
Opened by the club's attached touring professional Lee Westwood in May 2011, the championship Lee Westwood Colt course at Close House is a typical, thoughtfully-designed English parkland lay-out offering a rich variety of outstanding holes through the estate of an 18th century mansion, now a splendid hotel. Individual features of the area, including a forest, Roman fort and an historic wall, have been skilfully incorporated with panoramic views over the Tyne Valley, yet just ten miles from Ne...
Brancepeth Castle has some of the finest par threes and can claim to be one of the North-East's most picturesque courses. Designed by Harry Colt and at 6,400 yards and with a par of 70 it's a sound test. The first thing you notice are the rippling fairways and the second, ninth and 10th (played in the shadow of the castle) are three of the hardest par threes around. The latter two are close to 200 yards and play across a deep ravine which weaves through the course. The clubhouse is entered t...
Seaton Carew Golf Club is the 10th oldest club in England, founded in 1874. Located on a stretch of windswept land to the north of the River Tees, the course is renowned for its quick draining sandy soil and tightly mown fairways.
Bounded by the sea on three sides with spectacular views from every tee, Castletown Links in the Isle of Man is a golfer's paradise. Highlights include the 432-yard 17th with the tee on the cliff edge and a gully running across the fairway - it was rated by Henry Longhurst as one of the best holes in golf. There is only one tree on Castletown Links but many outstanding holes, including the three par threes at eight, 13 and 16. It has it's own 'Road Hole' which measures 423 yards with a left t...
Aldwark Manor Golf & Spa Hotel in the breathtaking Vale of York offers an easy-to-walk golf course in quiet secluded surroundings yet within easy reach of many
Rudding Park Hawtree is a stunning 18-hole championship course running through the heart of Rudding Park's 19th century parkland. Offering the most comprehensive golfing facility in the North of England with a range of experiences appealing to members and visitors alike. Complementing the golf course is Rudding Park's Golf Academy providing comprehensive practice facilities. The Scandinavian style clubhouse, with its fully licensed bar, has been specially designed to complement the natural wo...
One of the world's top 100 courses. Firm fast greens & deep bunkers typify this inland links that's nestled between the North York Moors & the Yorkshire Wolds in stunning scenery. It has been host to the Ryder, Walker & Curtis Cups, in addition to numerous other top professional & amateur tournaments.
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