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.
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.
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.
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.
This testing inland layout weaves its way through ancient Caledonian forests and the small greens are ferociously well protected.
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 2005, this Kyle Philips-designed layout hosted the 2017 Scottish Open on both the men’s and women’s European Tour.
There has been a course among the dunes at Machrie since 1891 but a comprehensive redesign in 2017 has taken this remote outpost into the highest rank of Scottish links courses.
This extraordinary, and on-going, project has seen an Old Tom Morris links that had been abandoned brought back to life.
This time-honoured links hosted the Open on 24 occasions – including the inaugural Championship back in 1860.
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
Created on a narrow strip of land between the sea and the New Course, the raised tees provide great views but also expose golfers to prevalent winds that sweep in from the bay.
Leven Links, a traditional links challenge featuring rolling fairways, pot bunkers, ancient sand dunes and, quite possibly, the best closing hole in all Scotland.
Strip away the heritage and history and the Old Course can seem a fairly straightforward challenge.
After a stunning opening shoreside stretch, the course heads inland and incorporates some parkland-style holes before finishing back among the dunes.
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’.
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
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.
Golf has been played over the links in the season town of Montrose, 45 minutes north of Dundee, since 1562.
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
North Berwick is a course like no other, but that’s not to say some holes doesn’t seem familiar when it’s played for the first time.
Longniddry is not just a great Scottish word, it’s also home to a charming golf course which provides a perfect introduction to golf in this part of the world.
A delightful, historical parkland course, renowned for its welcoming appeal to golfers of all abilities.
This unassuming village of 2,500 thousand people lives and breaths golf. There are no fewer than five 18-hole links courses, and each is a pleasure to play.
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 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.
Carnoustie, one of the world’s best – and toughest – tests of golf.
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.