Scotland

Scotland is a country that is part of the United Kingdom. Scotland is mainly surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean to the north and west, the North Sea to the northeast and the Irish Sea to the south. Scotland also has more than 790 islands, most of them located in the archipelagos of the Hebrides and the Northern Isles. The Old Course at St Andrews in Fife is considered the oldest golf course in the world and known throughout the world as 'The Home of Golf'. That name was given to St Andrews because the sport was first played on the Links course at St Andrews as early as the start of the 15th century!

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6.2
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Played on: 6 April 2021
Handicap while playing: 14.0

Course was in pretty good condition considering the recent cold wet weather. But still rather scruffy in tee boxes and greens. Fabulous views across the Firth of Forth. Plenty of golfers out enjoying this municipal course.

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7.4
Played on: 23 March 2021
Handicap while playing: 2.0

Isle of Harris is another one of those courses that's hard to review by standardized terms. There is no such thing as service and hardly a clubhouse to speak of, but if you appreciate being in a ridiculously remote place with stunning scenery and enjoy a rustic course that oozes fun, this is your place. Rewinding the holes in my head I actually realize that an argument c…

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8.7
Played on: 17 March 2021
Handicap while playing: 2.0

Perhaps I was a little biased by the fantastic sunny and calm day or by far the best score I ever shot on a links course, but for me Brora is the epitome of enjoyable golf. There's no blend quite like it when it comes to scenery, quality, authenticity and playability. It's a holiday course, yet will never get boring. It's covered with grazing sheep and cattle, yet it is k…

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8.5
Played on: 17 March 2021
Handicap while playing: 2.0

The combination of the wonderfully classic old Machrihanish course, the ambitious Mac Dunes project and the quirky little Dunaverty certainly makes the southern tip of the Mull of Kintyre a worthy golf destination. The Dunes is no doubt a fabulous course in a spectacular setting and for a course of such young age it is a wonderfully natural layout. Despite that, it lacks …

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7.3
Played on: 15 March 2021
Handicap while playing: 2.0

Reay is the most northernly 18 hole links on the British mainland and the design is attributed to James Braid. It plays 5831 yds from the men's tees to a par of 69, so it's fairly short which is not unusual for an "old" Scottish links. It had rained through the night and the forecast predicted even more rain for our day at Reay, but out of nowhere it turned into a wonderf…

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8.2
sarahforrest
Ambassador
Played on: 8 March 2021

Arguably it isn’t the longest course, there are 6 par 3’s and 3/4 par 5’s. It measures 4967/5800 so is an easy walking course. In the shadow of its big boy neighbours you can catch a glimpse of the PGA Centenary course at Gleneagles as you enjoy playing Auchterarder. Life started in 1913 when Ben Sayers designed a 9 hole golf course. In the early years maintenance was…

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9.3
sarahforrest
Ambassador
Played on: 8 March 2021

Being so close to exceptional links courses, playing Blairgowrie offers a great, yet equally tough golfing experience. Usually without the buffeting wind! ⁠ ⁠ An established woodland course with a huge dollop of heathland thrown in for good measure. Carved out of scots pines, silver birch and enough heather to bring everyone good luck, except when playing golf. It isn’t u…

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9.3
sarahforrest
Ambassador
Played on: 8 March 2021

It is unclear where the name Carnoustie came from. Most likely it is from Scandinavian nouns of Car and Noust, meaning Rock and Bay respectively. As you stand on the first tee of the Championship course, the hotel behind you, you’re pretty much out there alone. The Tee box, despite it proximity to the clubhouse and Links House is almost in the middle of the course, or s…

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9.7
Played on: 4 March 2021
Handicap while playing: 2.0

There seems to be a tendency among golf course reviewers to approach their evaluation from an almost scientific standpoint - ranking different aspects of the experience individually, as if the whole was only the sum of its parts. For anyone with a passion for links golf and an eye for details however, Prestwick is the course that has the power to expose such ratings atte…

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9.2
sarahforrest
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Played on: 25 February 2021

Originally a nine-hole course the James Braid Queens Course opened in 1919. Later being extended to a full 18 holes in 1925. Often regarded as the little sister to the Kings and the newer PGA Centenary courses. Shorter in length than its big brothers, don’t be lulled into a false sense of security by this par 68 course. It packs a punch with its receptive fairways and gre…

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Play golf in Scotland

Scotland is the perfect golf destination when planning your next golf break. In Scotland you will find a huge selection of highly rated Scottish golf courses just waiting to inspire and challenge both novice and expert alike - all set against a backdrop of some of the most captivating scenery in the world. Most Scottish golf courses are open year round so there’s no one season to visit Scotland. The fairways and greens remain in good condition throughout the year, allowing visitors to enjoy their golf even though they may have a layer or two of extra clothing on. When visiting Scotland for golf, make sure to visit the following Scottish golf courses: St Andrews Links - the Old Course is the one to play, but there are 6 other good courses to choose from, Trump Turnberry Resort, Royal Dornoch Golf Club, Muirfield, Kingsbarns Golf Links, Castle Stuart Golf Links and Trump International Golf Links. But the list actually goes on and on. There are just so many really good and famous golf courses to be found in Scotland. Loch Lomond GC - consistently in the top of our rankings - is a private course, so you need an introduction from a member to play here. Aside from golf, Scotland has much more to offer. Scotland provides untouched nature, majestic landscapes, grand castles and historic cities. And if you are into malt whisky, then one of the numerous whisky trails is definitely a great idea. The following Scottish highlights shouldn't be missed: Edinburgh Castle, Loch Lomond and the mystical Loch Ness, the magical Isle of Skye & the Cuillin Mountains. Scotland's international airports - Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Glasgow Prestwick and Inverness - are all served by flights from a growing number of European and long haul destinations. Many European airport hubs also provide fantastic onward connections to Scotland, including airports in London, Amsterdam, Paris, Madrid, Reykjavik and Frankfurt.
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