Welcome to our guide to Scotland. This guide introduces you to the many golf courses in Scotland. There are hundreds of golf courses in Scotland with stunning landscapes of rolling hills.
When on holiday, golf is the ideal form of entertainment for anyone of any age. The game is simple to learn and is enjoyed in the fresh air while appreciating the amazing scenery.
Scottish Golfing History
Scotland has more than 550 spectacular golf courses, including links, parkland, and heath land courses. Some of the most distinguished golfing tournaments are held in Scotland, such as the Open Championship and the Ricoh Women’s British Open. Timing a vacation around these events can create an opportunity of a lifetime.
Golfing in Scotland has a history that dates back to the 15thCentury when the game was known as gowf. In fact, Scotland is home to one of the oldest golf clubs in the world – The Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers, established in 1744.
The Top Scottish Golf Courses
There are extraordinary golf courses in Scotland found throughout the country. Many are situated surrounded by hills, on heaths, or near the seaside or a river making them ideal for those who want to explore the region further. Among the many areas to visit, you will find the most popular locations are Aberdeenshire, Ayrshire, and Arran. The following are some examples.
- Ballater Golf Course – Victoria Road, Ballateri, Aberdeenshire – This course is an 18-hole, 70-par heath land, with slightly undulating greens. With 6,112-yards of play, the course is medium in length.
- Cruden Bay Golf Course –Found in amongst rolling sand dunes on the ocean, the Cruden Bay course is a seaside course. With 18-holes and 70-par, this course is remote, yet beautiful as its play stretches over 6,287 yards. This course is at the heart of Scottish golfing folklore with a long and exciting history.
- Petercutler Golf Course –Oldtown, Burnside Road, Petercutler– Situated on the River Dee, this course is a ‘must see’ with spectacular views and a variety of challenging holes.
- Ayrshire and Arran Courses – With three championship courses and five of the UK top 100 golf courses, Ayrshire and Arran is the world’s best destination, particularly since it is the birthplace of the Open. There are around 50 courses in this area alone, some of the best are Dundonald (18-holes, 72-par, 6,410 to 7,300 yards), Turnberry (2x 18-holes, 70-par, 6,976-yards), Western Gailes (18-holes, 74-par, 6,639-yards), and Rowallan Castle (18-holes, 72-par, 5,938 to 6,642-yards).