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The Old Course at St Andrews has 112 bunkers. They range in size from ‘barely big enough to accommodate an angry golfer and their wedge’ to ‘almost as big as a football field’. These sand traps, perhaps more than any other feature, define the challenge of the Old Course. Here the College Links Golf team […]
One of the greatest thrills in golf is going for glory on a short par four. Fortunately for visiting golfers, Scotland has dozens of heart-stopping examples to choose from.  Here, the College Links Golf team selects five of our favourite drivable par fours . . . Third hole, Castle Stuart, Highlands Castle Stuart, on the shores […]
Standing on the first tee is always a good feeling. There’s a tingle of anticipation at the prospect of 18 holes which is hard to describe but easy to recognise. Sometimes that feeling is made even more special by the circumstances in which you find yourself. There are some first tees that push a button […]
Many of Scotland’s finest golf courses are defined by their relationship with the sea. It’s impact includes the distinctive linksland soil on which the game is played to the winds that whip in over the waves and can change the character of a layout in the blink of any eye. Sometimes the sea intervenes more […]
So much of the discussion around modern golf is about power and distance but sometimes the game still requires a delicate touch. This is never more true than when standing on the tee of a par three with nothing more than a wedge in your hand. Without the defence of raw distance, ultra-short holes rely […]
In today’s game, many par fives aren’t really par fives any more, as they can be reached comfortably in two shots. But some long holes still play the old-fashioned way: ‘three-shotters’ where strategy is key and skilfully positioning an approach is critical. Here are some of our favourites: Fourth hole, Trump International The par five […]
Golf’s first bunkers were entirely natural. Patches of sand on the linksland, unearthed over time by the wind and rain, or created by burrowing animals seeking respite from the Scottish weather. As the game developed, bunkers evolved too, into the defined sand traps we know today. Some holes, however, didn’t need to evolve. Holes that […]
At some point on a Scottish golf course, you’ll be weighing up an approach shot only for your caddie to whisper in your ear, “Mind the burn.” It’s not fire but water that has prompted your bagman’s warning. Burn is a Scots word for stream and our golf courses are full of them. The College […]
The Open is a great opportunity to get up close to some of the world’s best players. If you time a visit to Scotland during Open week, College Links Golf can combine a trip to the championship with tee times for your team at some great Scottish courses. We’ve set out a guide to getting […]