Golf as we know it originated in Scotland back in the mid-1400s. Since then, the game has spread across the globe and has become a favorite pastime for the rich and famous.
Despite the fact that golf has become a global phenomenon and has millions of courses all across the world, Scotland still features some of the best spots to play. If you’re making a trip to Scotland soon and want to know which Scotland golf courses are worth your time, keep reading. Below, we share five courses that can’t be missed.
There’s no list of best Scotland golf courses in the world that wouldn’t have St. Andrews somewhere on it.
This course is frequently hailed as the “Home of Golf” and for good reason. St. Andrews boasts picturesque holes that have been played on since the 15th century!
Whether you choose to play on St. Andrew’s “New Course” or its old one, make it a point to book St Andrews tee times when in Scotland if you’re a moderate to exceptionally skilled golfer.
Southwest Scotland is home to the beautiful Turnberry golf course. This classic Scottish course has been around since the early 1900s.
Those that play Turnberry will love its wonderful views of the sea, it’s historic Turnberry Lighthouse and the course’s unique terrain that was used as a runway during World War 2.
Carnoustie features three separate courses that collectively make up what many professionals call “Golf’s Greatest Test”. Carnoustie’s roots go back to the mid-1500s, featured 10-holes by the early 1800s and eventually become an 18-hole course in 1926.
While professional golfers are generally attracted to this course, Canousite does have a free 5-hole course for moderately skilled players called The Nestle.
If you love Scotland’s North Sea coastline, you’ll love golfing at Kingsbarns. Kingsbarns, which is consistently ranked as being among the top 100 golf courses in the world, hosts the European Tour’s Alfred Dunhill Championship.
Kingsbarns has 18-holes that total a par of 72 strokes.
Last but not least on our list of best Scotland golf courses is Western Gailes. While this course isn’t as popular as others that we’ve mentioned, it boasts a lot of the same beauty and challenge that you’d find at courses with much steeper fees.
Great players like Tom Watson, Tony Jacklin, and Gary Player have all completed games at Western Gailes. If you find yourself in its vicinity, we recommend that you do the same.
Great Scotland golf courses are a dime a dozen which isn’t said to diminish their excellence. The truth is, there are numerous fun, affordable and memorable courses to play when in Scotland. The trick is deciding on which excellent course you’ll tackle at the top of your itinerary!
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