We all know Scotland is the birthplace of golf as we know it today and the St Andrews is the spiritual home of golf. It goes without saying then that there is a vast array of world class golf courses just waiting for you to visit them. Here are some of the finest courses you could play on your next Scottish Golf Break.
Is there any other way to kick off a photo guide of Scottish golf? The famous St Andrews Clubhouse.
Although the St Andrews Old Course appears relativley flat when you watch the Open on the TV; at the right time of day it becomes clear that is not the case!
From certain points on the links of St Andrews you are treated to fantastic views of the famous St Andrews coastline.
Unlike some of the more famous links courses in Scotland, Dundonald is littered with trees that add to the challenge.
The 1st hole on the PGA Centenary Course at Gleneagles; the host course for the 2014 Ryder Cup.
The big boys like Bubba Watson and Dustin Jonhson will be eager to knock it on in two at the long par 5 9th.
The Queen’s Course at Gleneagles features an awesome stretch of holes from the 12th onwards including this challenging uphill par 3.
James Braid’s masterful design of the King’s Course at Glenealges features mind boggling elevation changes that require sound club selection.
The par 3 16th on the King’s Course. If the pin is tucked into this position you can’t even see it from the tee!
The green on the par 3 5th on the King’s Course demands accuracy. It’s a tough up and down if you miss it long…and short…and left…and right!
The Barry Burn on the 18th at Carnoustie…the scene of Jean Van de Velde’s demise!
The Championship Course at Carnoustie is notriously difficult. No wonder with bunkers like this scattered over over the famous Open Championship venue.
Many of the links courses in Scotland boast stunning views from all over the course. The Glen Course is no different.
The five star Fairmont St Andrews is home to two of the best new golf courses in Scotland. This beauty was designed by Ryder Cup legend Sam Torrance.
The other course at Fairmont St Andrews os the Kittocks Course where golfers play a stretch of holes perched right on the cliff’s edge.
Although the mighty Kingsbarns was designed by an American it has quickly gained a reputation as one of the very best golf courses in the world.
The 12th hole at Kingsbarns is a great example of the stunning collection of holes on show at Kingsbarns. This mighty par 5 will require your country best to get home in two.
Aerial shots like this really give you a good idea of what’s in store on the classic links courses in Scotland. There’s not much protection from the elements at Kingsbarns; that’s for sure.
The famous lighthouse at Turnberry wathces over the Ailsa course which was the scene of the greatest major championship ever; the 1977 Open Championship known affectionately as “The Duel in the Sun”.