When previously a golfer would come to Scotland and travel round the country during a ‘trip of a lifetime’, the information available through the regional golf groups has educated golfers on the quality of golf that can be had in one region. The result? A return visit to a different part of Scotland must be made on a future golf trip.
Scotland’s popular golf destinations are split up into five links hot-spots. The secret is to pick two of these regions and enjoy Championship golf courses and less time on the road.
Highlands – In the highlands of Scotland play the famous links at Royal Dornoch or the modern classic Castle Stuart. Other popular links classic courses include the James Braid designed Brora and Nairn. This destination perhaps showcases the authentic Scotland with areas of remoteness twined with stunning mountainous scenery.
Highland Golf Links‘ website has more information on this region.
Aberdeen– The northeast corner is often part of a larger highlands trip and includes a similar mix of old classic links and modern masterpieces. The popular golf courses to consider here are Royal Aberdeen, Cruden Bay and Trump Scotland. Most of the popular links courses are north of the busy industrial city of Aberdeen, the Oil and Gas capital of Europe. The advice is keep your accommodation north of the city for better access to the golf courses.
Golf Aberdeen City & Shire‘s website has more information on this region.
St Andrews – A golfing visit to Scotland for many has to include a trip to the mecca which is The Home of Golf. Apart from the history which surrounds the town and the famous Old Course the golfing options are plentiful. Championship courses such as Kingsbarns and Carnoustie are within a short drive and unsurprisingly there is a host of equally thrilling golf courses experiences in almost every small coastal town in Fife.
East Lothian – Continuing down the coast is Scotland’s golf coast which offers great golf all year round. Located near Edinburgh this is a popular spot for visiting golfers. Courses to consider here is The Open Championship venue Muirfield, a quirky classic North Berwick alongside a number of fantastic links golf courses.
Golf East Lothian‘s website is packed full of helpful information on this region.
Ayrshire – West of Glasgow, Scotland’s largest city is Ayrshire home to two Open Championship venues, Trump Turnberry and Royal Troon. Positioned on the edge of the Atlantic, other links golf courses to consider visiting is the home of the first ten British Open Championships Prestwick and Western Gailes.
Ayrshire Golf Scotland‘s website is packed full of helpful information on this region.