Scotland is a golfer’s paradise. Every corner of the country contains great golfing options, from world-famous championship links to hidden gems. Thanks to Scotland’s compact dimensions, no course is out of reach and it’s possible to see much of the country in a relatively short space of time. Browse our course guides for some inspiration – then get in touch to discuss your college’s tour of Scotland.
This testing inland layout weaves its way through ancient Caledonian forests and the small greens are ferociously well protected.
Today we answer the call of the wild at unspoiled, untamed Brora. Established in 1891 and playing to its current routing for around 100 years, a round here feels like an adventure.
Dornoch’s remote location means it will never host major events, but no golfer who makes the journey doubts its quality. Ask Tom Watson – a vocal Royal Dornoch fan.
Castle Stuart is only 10 years old but it’s fast becoming one of Scotland’s most highly-regarded courses. Laid out along the banks of the Moray Firth, the layout makes the most of the undulating terrain to create a stunning modern links.
The jewel in the crown is majestic Royal Dornoch – a must play for any serious golfer. Throw in a backdrop of stunning Highland scenery and it’s easy to see why Scotland’s north country has a special place in the heart of so many golfers.
Ayrshire and The West
Opened in July 2017 on the site of the former Kintyre course, Martin Ebert’s design makes full use of a spectacular coastal setting to create a track which perfectly compliments the Ailsa course.
The course design makes fantastic use of natural features such as large sand dunes and burns which snake alongside fairway landing areas and in front of greens.
With firm, fast and true greens positioned in the most varied of locations, Machrihanish is a joy to behold. Blind tee shots, fabulous sea views, undulating fairways and rugged dunes all add up to a magical experience.
Located on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean, this rugged links mirrors architect David McLay-Kidd’s love of the land, evident from the routing, as well the positioning of its tees and greens.
Turnberry’s redeveloped Ailsa course, Royal Troon and Old Prestwick understandably grab most of the limelight in this part of the country but several less-heralded layouts deserve attention, too. Meanwhile, a trip ever further west to the spectacular links at Machrihanish and Machrie is an unforgettable adventure.
St Andrews and Fife
Leven Links, a traditional links challenge featuring rolling fairways, pot bunkers, ancient sand dunes and, quite possibly, the best closing hole in all Scotland.
The unpretentious Eden course lies in the shadow of three more illustrious neighbours but there is plenty enjoyment to be had from a round here.
The Fairmont St Andrews resort on the outskirts of the town is home to two stunning cliff-top links and today you’ll have a chance to play them both with lunch in between at the clubhouse.
The Old Course at St Andrews is, of course, the star attraction but the sheer scale and variety of the options for visiting golfers is remarkable. St Andrews itself boasts no fewer than seven championship-standard links while many, many more fantastic challenges are just a short drive from the ‘Auld Grey Toon’.
The links at Murcar has recently enjoyed a return to prominence, thanks in part to hosting an event on the men’s European Tour in 2016.
When Donald Trump announced plans to build a modern links on pristine sand dunes near Aberdeen, he vowed it would be “the greatest golf course in the world”. Today you’ll have a chance to see if the 45th President of the United States was right.
For many years one of Scotland’s under-appreciated gems, Royal Aberdeen’s profile has risen in recent years thanks to successfully hosting events such as the 2005 Seniors British Open
Cruden Bay (pictured) is great fun on a grand scale; towering sand hills, cavernous bunkers and dramatic plateau greens abound.
The area is home to some truly stunning links including Royal Aberdeen, Trump International Golf Links and unique, brilliant Cruden Bay – one of Golf Digest’s top 100 courses in the world.
Edinburgh and the Lothians
A masterpiece of design, the home of the Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers has hosted the Open Championship 16 times and the list winners emphasises the quality of the course.
Don’t be fooled by the name – the course is a classic links created in 1894 by Tom Morris with holes on each side of a coastal road.
Golf had been played on the Archerfield Estate since the early 18th century until the Ministry of Defence took over the grounds during World War II.
The oldest golf course in the world with records emanating as far back as 1567, Musselburgh Links hosted the Open Championship on 6 occasions between 1874 and 1889.
The West Links at North Berwick has for centuries been an inspiration to course architects around the world while a growing number of modern links have further added to the area’s appeal.
Carnoustie and Central Scotland
The King’s was one of the world’s first ‘resort’ courses and nearly 100 years on it remains one of the best. James Braid’s layout rolls through spectacular Highland scenery and the quality of the golfing challenge is suitably majestic.
The PGA Centenary is tough and the King’s is majestic but the sheer charm of Gleneagles’ shorter, tighter third course makes it a firm favourite for many visitors.
One of Scotland’s newest championship standard golf courses. Challenging holes stretch over undulating fairways, hug inland lagoons and overlook the glittering waters of the Loch and rugged mountains beyond.
Host of the 2014 Ryder Cup and 2019 Solheim Cup, this Jack Nicklaus signature design is a tough test which combines the heathland characteristics for which Gleneagles is famed with American-style water hazards and bunkering.