Scotland boasts a rich history of golf and the world’s greatest players have provided magic moments which will go down in the record books. Golfers across the globe have made way with their clubs to test their ability at the country where the sport began. If you’re thinking of a destination to play this year then a golf break in Scotland is highly recommended, continue reading and you will be convinced to play, in our opinion, at one of these greatest golf courses in Scotland.
Dumbarnie Links is a newbie on the golf scene, opening its fairways in May 2020. The stunning links courses, is found on the north shore of the Firth of Forth, close by to St Andrews.
This remarkable course was crafted into flat, field-like landscape and given a new lease of life! There are humps, bumps and undulations aplenty, with ‘dunes’ and grasses that make the course feel like it’s been around for years. Having only been open for a year, it’s already rumoured for a ranking within The Top 100 Golf Courses and is set to host the 2021 Women’s Scottish Open in August.
Kingsbarns Golf Links
The fact that Kingsbarns Golf Links in Fife was voted in the top 100 Worldwide courses says it all. Part of the long heritage of links courses centered around St Andrews, golf has been played on the site since 1793. Co-host to the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, the spectacular links course hugs the coastline and offers a wonderful challenge.
A 5* resort that looks out over the sea, Trump Turnberry boasts two stunning links courses with a variety of world class holes fit for the top professionals. Firstly, the Ailsa Course is the most famous of the two having been host to the Open Championship on four occasions. This was the venue where Tom Watson beat Jack Nicklaus by one shot in 1977. On the 9th hole, the landmark lighthouse casts shadows over the 13th century Bruce’s castle – the birthplace of Scotland’s king Robert the Bruce.
The Kintyre course is another magnificent venue with undulating greens and remarkably kept fairways. After you’ve played the 7th, you will approach Bain’s Hill where you won’t find a view much like this one on any other course.
The Old Course
Playing The Old Course at St Andrews must be on every golfers bucket list. It is believed golfers have been striking, slicing, hooking and topping balls on this course since 1400. The Open Championship will return to the ‘The Home of Golf’ for the 30th time in 2022, which has seen some dramatic golfing moments in the past which will go down long in history. Walk over the famous Swilken Bridge and take on the daunting Road Hole, it will be an experience that lives in the memory.
Muirfield Golf Club
If there was any destination on earth to place a golf course, this would probably be it. Muirfield in Gullane is a demanding course that has hosted 16 Open Championships with the last coming in 2013 where Phil Mickelson triumphed. Not many courses can rival the spectacular design of Muirfield which embraces the seaside wind from every angle and provides all levels of golfers a truly unique experience.
The Old Course is often known as one of the greatest courses in Scotland, mainly due to it being the Home of Golf as well as hosting many prestigious tournaments.
However, why not head off the beaten track? Have you thought about a Highlands Golf Tour?
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