Scottish Golf Courses

You could double the size of this list and every course featured would still be a world-class venue, for in the country where the game was born there is no shortage of incredible golf. Scotland, the Home of Golf, has seen players on its fairways for 6 centuries at least, the rich history only adds to the awe these golf courses create.

The dramatic, natural terrain that Scotland is blessed with seems as though it were designed for the purpose of creating golf courses of unparalleled beauty and challenge. Indeed, the dune-lined Scottish coast has provided some of the most exciting golf on the planet.

History and culture have always been a significant part of golf, which is why Scotland is so important to golf fans worldwide. Traveling to St Andrews to play the Old Course is a tradition for golfers that all players will try to complete at least once.

Archerfield (Fidra)

Archerfield (Fidra)

The Fidra course measures almost 7,000 yards though there are four sets of tees at every hole to allow for varying abilities. Greens are large and receptive, with subtle borrows to test the best of pu...

Ardfin Golf

Ardfin Golf

In 2010, retired Australian hedge fund manager Greg Coffey purchased the property from the Riley-Smith family (brewers from Tadcaster in Yorkshire) and immediately set about implementing an ambitious ...

Auchterarder

Auchterarder

The village of auchterarder was selling golf as a recreational amenity to its residents more than thirty years before the arrival of the caledonian railway company's grand design in 1924, despite bein...

Brora

Brora

Measuring 6,211 yards from the back tees, Brora is certainly no championship layout, but playing to handicap will be a real achievement, not only because the greens are tough to hit and tough to read,...

Bruntsfield Links

Bruntsfield Links

Bruntsfield Connections, and its Hitting the fairway Society, is one of Edinburgh's really notable organizations, going back to 1761. The club moved to the current site in 1898, and from that point fo...

Carnoustie (Buddon)

Carnoustie (Buddon)

As dave thomas and peter alliss set out the fairways on former ministry of defence property next to the 2,300-acre barry buddon rifle range and training field, the buddon course opened for play as an ...

Carnoustie (Burnside)

Carnoustie (Burnside)

The burnside is known for its short holes, and the 158-yard 5th hole, dubbed "burn," and the 228-yard 14th hole, dubbed "scoup," will fit in well on any championship course. With the long par four 17t...

Carnoustie (Championship)

Carnoustie (Championship)

Carnoustie Golf Links boasts three fantastic courses, all of which are rated in the top 50 Links courses in the UK and Ireland (Golf Digest June 2011).In 2012 the Championship Course was ranked at No....

Carrick

Carrick

The de vere party, the former owners, added the carrick course to cameron house's golf facilities in the summer of 2007, adding an 18-hole championship level layout to the current 9-hole "wee devil" l...

Castle Stuart

Castle Stuart

Parsinen feels he has discovered just such a special site on the southern shores of the Moray Firth, between Inverness and Nairn at Castle Stuart and from what we’ve seen previewing the course in th...

Crail (Craighead)

Crail (Craighead)

The crail golfing society may be over 200 years old, but they are well-versed in modern technology. In the mid-1990s, a decision was taken to buy a comparatively small 114 acres of land next to their ...

Cruden Bay (Championship)

Cruden Bay (Championship)

Cruden Bay is an inspirational golf course, regarded by some as quirky and considered by others as a masterpiece. Either way, this is a thrilling place to play golf because the designers used the orig...

Dalit Bay Golf & Country Club

Dalit Bay Golf & Country Club

Dalit Cove Golf and Nation Club is situated inside 400 sections of land of the famous Shangri-La Rasa Ria Resort, only a short ways from the city of Kinabalu and circumscribed by the Tembalang and Men...

Downfield Golf Club

Downfield Golf Club

Situated on the edges of Dundee in Scotland, the Downfield Golf Club offers a 18-gap Parkland green that has facilitated The Open and Senior Open Qualifying, among numerous other expert competitions. ...

Dumfries & Galloway Golf Club

Dumfries & Galloway Golf Club

The Summerhill Course, the 18-gap design at Dumfries and Galloway Golf Club, is a standard 70 test that permits astounding perspectives on the slopes toward the North of Dumfries. With moving fairways...

Dunbar

Dunbar

The course is laid out on a narrow strip of land with the best holes hugging the rocky coastline affording resplendent views across the North Sea to Bass Rock, a huge volcanic lump rising up out of th...

Dundonald

Dundonald

Lying next to the long established courses of Kilmarnock Barassie, Glasgow Gailes and Western Gailes, Dundonald is obviously situated in prime golfing country. The course yardage can vary from 6,415 t...

Elie

Elie

Initially nine holes, eleven, fourteen and then, Old Tom Morris stretched Elie to eighteen holes in 1895. There are so many great courses in the Kingdom of Fife and Elie is certainly one of them, but ...

Fairmont St Andrews (Kittocks)

Fairmont St Andrews (Kittocks)

The five-star fairmont st andrews resort is just a few miles south of the "auld grey toon" on the way to kingsbarns. The resort's flagship kittocks course is located on elevated land near the cliff-to...

Fairmont St Andrews (Torrance)

Fairmont St Andrews (Torrance)

when don panoz, the multi-billionaire owner of luxury hotels, resorts, and golf courses, invested a reported 58 million in the construction of the five-star st andrews bay golf resort to the south of...

Fraserburgh (Corbie Hill)

Fraserburgh (Corbie Hill)

Fraserburgh is the most north-easterly town in Aberdeenshire, 42 miles north of Aberdeen and it boasts one of the finest links courses in the country. Its location exposes the course to air currents f...

Glasgow (Gailes Links)

Glasgow (Gailes Links)

Glasgow Gailes is a classic links. “The turf is something softer – at least in my imagination – than that of the East Coast courses,” wrote Darwin, “and the greens are wonderfully green and ...

Gleneagles (PGA Centenary)

Gleneagles (PGA Centenary)

The 2014 ryder cup matches between the united states and europe were held at gleneagles. Tom watson (us) and paul mcginley (europe) were the captains of their respective squads. The ryder cup has retu...

Gleneagles (Queens)

Gleneagles (Queens)

C.k. and james braid collaborated on the concept. The queen's course, hutchison, first opened for play in 1917. The course is less than 6,000 yards from the medal tees, but with a par of 68, it provid...

Gullane (No. 2)

Gullane (No. 2)

Gullane No.2 runs parallel to No.1 for the first seven holes. It's a flat beginning and then a steady climb up the hill. At the 11th, the charming view of Aberlady Bay opens up but don't let this dist...

Gullane (No.1)

Gullane (No.1)

Gullane is blessed with the most exquisite turf – winter rules are not needed here. If you hit the fairways, a perfect lie awaits, even in the depths of winter. The opening hole, cunningly called ...

Kings

Kings

The old torvean golf course first opened in 1962 as a 9-hole layout and was later extended to 18 holes twenty-six years later. The course was formerly a municipal-run property that was taken over by t...

Kingsbarns Golf Links

Kingsbarns Golf Links

Designed by Kyle Phillips, Kingsbarns Golf Links is situated 7 miles from St Andrews along 1.8 miles of picturesque North Sea coastline. Set within an amphitheatre, the undulating course boasts drama...

Lundin

Lundin

Today's Lundin course has a bit of everything: burns, blind drives, out-of-bounds, a nimiety of bunkers (many of which are deep and punishing), the ever-present wind and truly excellent greens. There ...

Macdonald Cardrona Hotel, Golf & Spa

Macdonald Cardrona Hotel, Golf & Spa

Found in the lovely field of the Scottish Outskirts, Macdonald Cardrona is a comprehensive golf resort, total with shocking regular view. The green is set upon the moving slopes of the Fringes, with t...

Machrie

Machrie

The refurbished course reopened for play in May 2017 with only seven of the original greens retained in an imaginative new course routing that still weaves wildly in and out of the dunes. Fairways are...

Machrihanish (Championship)

Machrihanish (Championship)

This links must be one of the most natural, romantic and most enjoyable places to play golf in the whole of the British Isles. It’s not long, grand or a championship course, but it is sheer fun. It...

Machrihanish Dunes

Machrihanish Dunes

Fairways are mown but they're far from manicured because the use of fertilizers and installation of drainage or irrigation is forbidden. In fact, the playing corridors remain virtually untouched here ...

Monifieth Golf Links

Monifieth Golf Links

The two huge fairways at Monifieth are in fascinating mix of heathland and connections. A genuine demonstration of the nature of the Decoration Course is that the Illustrious & Old chose it for de...

Montgomery Course (Kinross), Celtic Manor

Montgomery Course (Kinross), Celtic Manor

The Montgomery is the oldest of the three Celtic manors located within easy access from Kinross. This stunning parkland course boasts rolling fairways and sweeping greens. With some tricky dog-leg hol...

Montrose Golf Links

Montrose Golf Links

Home to the world's fifth most established fairway, Montrose Golf Links offers perhaps the most flawless connection encounters in Scotland. The 1562 connections and Broomfield joins consolidate t...

Moray (Old)

Moray (Old)

The shoreline 1st on the Old course is followed by a series of holes that work their way a little further inland over the first eight holes at Lossiemouth. Four of these are par fours exceeding four h...

Muirfield

Muirfield

Muirfield is the course of “The Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers” (HCEG), the world’s oldest golf club—according to direct written evidence—formed in 1744. In those days, the members ...

Murcar Links

Murcar Links

Located on a classic stretch of links land with huge sand dunes, crumpled fairways, whins, burns and heather. There are some magnificent views from the elevated tees across the North Sea and to Aberde...

Nairn (Championship)

Nairn (Championship)

There is a plethora of good holes at Nairn and the 5th is one of the best. It’s a great 390-yard par four called “Nets” which requires a straight solid drive avoiding the beach on the right. Thi...

New Woll Estate

New Woll Estate

Set in the private grounds of New Woll Estate the retreat gives six extravagance four star houses all of which ignore the green. The quiet air and indigenous habitat of the Bequest, joi...

North Berwick (West)

North Berwick (West)

North Berwick’s West Links has taken some time to evolve into the 18-hole course that’s now in play. Elementary golf – which was largely frowned upon by the local authorities – had been played...

North Inch Golf Club

North Inch Golf Club

The north inch has been a golfing venue for over 500 years and is one of the oldest in the world. The north inch course, situated on the banks of the river tay in the north inch parkland, poses a frie...

Old Course Dukes Course

Old Course Dukes Course

The duke's championship golf course offers breathtaking views of st andrews and the surrounding coastline. Play is awe-inspiring in every way. The 18-hole course is split into two 9-hole loops, allow...

Panmure

Panmure

The Panmure Golf Club was founded in 1845, when seventeen gentlemen met and commissioned Allan Robertson and Alexander Pirie from St Andrews to lay out nine holes in the area of Monifieth. They were p...

Peebles Golf Club

Peebles Golf Club

Visitors to Peebles will appreciate the tenderly undulating parkland course, set among the slopes toward the south of Edinburgh. Planned by Harry Yearling, and introduced in 1892, Peebles is one the m...

Powfoot Golf Club

Powfoot Golf Club

Designed by James Interlace in 1903, Powfoot is situated in the Scottish Swamps close to the Solway Firth, confronting the Cumbrian Lake Locale. The front nine is a difficult connections, while the ho...

Prestwick

Prestwick

The course is a traditional monument, an authentic affair with a layout of holes that snake to and fro through rugged dunes and rippled fairways. There are numerous blind holes and cavernous sleepered...

Ratho Park Golf Club

Ratho Park Golf Club

Ratho Park is one of Edinburgh's lesser realized hitting the fairway delights, yet it is definitely justified even despite the short excursion west of the capital as it flaunts a stunning parklan...

Renaissance Club

Renaissance Club

The 18 holes were carved out of around 300 acres of pine forest – developer Jerry Sarvadi told us there were over 8,500 tonnes of wood cleared – but the design retained a number of these trees in ...

Royal Aberdeen (Balgownie)

Royal Aberdeen (Balgownie)

Royal Aberdeen Golf Club was originally known as the Society of Golfers at Aberdeen, founded in 1780, this is the eighth oldest golf club in the world. The members originally played over a public stri...

Royal Dornoch (Championship)

Royal Dornoch (Championship)

Royal Dornoch Golf Club is spellbinding. It seems to mesmerise amateur and professional golfers from all over the world and many make the pilgrimage to this natural links at some point in their lives....

Royal Musselburgh Golf Club

Royal Musselburgh Golf Club

Royal Musselburgh is the beginning stage for East Lothian's famous stretch of top class joins golf, and is an eminent and admired hitting the fairway establishment. The club initially shared the nine ...

Royal Troon (Old)

Royal Troon (Old)

Royal Troon is a traditional out and back links course. The opening few holes are relatively gentle, with a series of short par fours running along the Firth of Clyde. It’s from these early holes th...

SCHLOSS Roxburghe Hotel & Golf Course

SCHLOSS Roxburghe Hotel & Golf Course

Those lucky enough to make a trip to SCHLOSS Roxburghe on either a golf break or golf visit will be shocked by the regular magnificence of the bequest. Some time ago possessed by the Duke of Roxburghe...

Skibo Castle

Skibo Castle

The updated new millennium Skibo, which stretches from 5,400 yards to more than 6,800 yards, contains many tough holes at the start of the round, but the best of the bunch by a long way is the wonderf...

Southerness

Southerness

On the surface of it, Southerness appears to be relatively short, measuring a little over 6,500 yards, but with a lowly par of 69, it’s one of the toughest golfing tests in the land. The standard sc...

St Andrews (New)

St Andrews (New)

Situated adjacent to the Old course, the New is often referred to as the local’s favourite because it is tighter and more defined than the Old. It possesses some similarities to the Old, shared fair...

St Andrews (Old)

St Andrews (Old)

Rarely is the Old course ranked outside the top ten because it’s a very special links, designed by Mother Nature. Surely there is little left to write about St Andrews; the spiritual home of golf, t...

Stranraer Golf Club

Stranraer Golf Club

Stranraer Golf Club is arranged on the banks of the excellent Loch Ryan in South West Scotland. All through the course you are honored with awesome perspectives over the Loch, with water becoming poss...

The Castle Course, St Andrews

The Castle Course, St Andrews

Located on the fabulous bluffs neglecting the town itself, The Mansion Course is the seventh course to be made under the St Andrews Connections standard, and looks set to be a really astonishing exper...

The Machrie Hotel & Golf Links

The Machrie Hotel & Golf Links

Settled in the hills of Islay, The Machrie Hotel and Golf Links profits by the most wanted area, took care of next to seven miles of pristine sea shore. As of late opened in the Summer of 2018 the rec...

The New Course, St Andrews

The New Course, St Andrews

Bordering the Old, The New Course is viewed by numerous individuals as the best on the connections, with the absolute most popular openings in world golf. After a delicate beginning, the New has numer...

The Old Course, St Andrews

The Old Course, St Andrews

For enthusiastic golf players around the globe, a golf excursion to St Andrews to play The Old Course is a definitive bucketlist golf understanding, offering the opportunity to follow in unbelievable ...

The Westerwood Golf Club

The Westerwood Golf Club

The 18-hole, par 71 course at the doubletree by hilton glasgow westerwood spa & golf resort is designed for the scenery. Many of the holes, designed by seve ballesteros and dave thomas, have views...

Trump International Golf Links

Trump International Golf Links

Apart from the 229-yard par three 13th, all holes are laid out in a north-south direction close to the shoreline and some have criticised this orientation as being somewhat uninspired. However, if the...

Trump Turnberry

Trump Turnberry

Trump Turnberry Resort enjoys a spectacular coastal setting, with stunning views of Ailsa Craig, Isle of Arran and the Irish Sea. The hotel offers a variety of room types, but all are spacious, elegan...

Trump Turnberry (King Robert the Bruce)

Trump Turnberry (King Robert the Bruce)

Between the two world wars, the no. 1 course became known as the ailsa, and the arran premiered in 1954, shortly after philip mackenzie ross repaired the war-ravaged ailsa. After nearly half a centur...

Trump Turnberry Resort

Trump Turnberry Resort

Four new holes were introduced on Bain’s Hill, largely reversing the routing of the holes that were once located there. The elimination of the short par four 8th down to the cove by the water’s ed...

Trump Turnberry – Kintyre Course

Trump Turnberry – Kintyre Course

Kintyre has undulating greens and fairways, as well as spectacular ocean holes and views, as well as all the hallmarks of a links course, such as pot bunkers, raised tees, and dense scottish rough. St...

Western Gailes

Western Gailes

Western is an unusual layout in that the clubhouse is more or less centrally located. The first four holes head north, parallel to the railway tracks. The next nine holes head straight back along the ...

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