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The best golf courses in Scotland

Golf began in Scotland around 600 years ago and the country is a must-visit destination for many dedicated addicts. St. Andrews (pictured) is known as the ‘home of golf’ and its Old Course is arguably the most hallowed turf in the game.

The best golf courses in Scotland

Saint Andrew: Golf has been played on the dunes and links of St. Andrews since the 15th century. The clubhouse of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club is the sentinel of the unique course that begins and ends in town.

The best golf courses in Scotland

Saint Andrew: There are six tight courses on the St. Andrews links, with the Old Course at their heart. The Road Hole 17th and 18th form an iconic finishing stretch.

The best golf courses in Scotland

Saint Andrew: The Old Course is known for its blind rides over seas of gorse, vast greens and gullies, bumps and dips that require imagination and the ability to use the terrain to your advantage.

The best golf courses in Scotland

Sunflower: Now Best known for being owned by US President Donald Trump, Turnberry on Scotland’s west coast is a spectacular setting with a famous Edwardian hotel, all of which underwent a multi-million dollar revamp when Trump took over.

The best golf courses in Scotland

Sunflower: The Ailsa Course occupies a sublime location overlooking the Firth of Clyde with stunning views of Ailsa Craig Rock and the Isle of Arran.

The best golf courses in Scotland

Trump International: Controversy has gripped Donald Trump’s new course north of Aberdeen from day one – with environmental concerns at the forefront of critics – but when it opened in 2012 it was clear that from a golf perspective , it was a new gem. Winding through towering dunes and sunken valleys with tantalizing snapshots of the sea, the course offers the full experience of Scottish bonding, with American hospitality to boot.

The best golf courses in Scotland

Trump International: Trump’s Aberdeen adventure includes two nine-hole round-trip loops in an authentic natural setting. The modest pavilion at its heart offers several dining options, including the award-winning MacLeod House restaurant and a whiskey bar.

The best golf courses in Scotland

Royal Troon: This is a classic old links course on the Scottish Ayrshire coast, north of Turnberry.

The best golf courses in Scotland

Royal Troon: The course is famous for its diabolical eighth hole par three, nicknamed the “postage stamp”. It is only 123 meters long but offers a tough test in the wind, with deep bunkers and a fine green.

The best golf courses in Scotland

Carnoustie: North-east of Dundee on Scotland’s east coast are the fearsome Carnoustie links, known as one of the toughest courses in the British Isles.

The best golf courses in Scotland

Carnoustie: The championship course is the main attraction and is famous as the place where Jean Van de Velde paddled into the burn during a last-hole collapse at the British Open in 1999.

The best golf courses in Scotland

Muirfield: The jewel in the crown of Scotland’s East Lothian ‘Golf Coast’, Muirfield is a famous if controversial location.

The best golf courses in Scotland

Muirfield: The test track near Gullane was mired in controversy before the club finally voted – on the second attempt – to admit female members.

The best golf courses in Scotland

Gulan: Near Muirfield is another revered club with three courses. Gullane No.1 is the choice but all offer a satisfying slice of Scottish golf at its best.

The best golf courses in Scotland

North Berwick: Along the coast of Muirfield is an original and historic masterpiece with views of Bass Rock and an inverted “reddan” style green that has been copied around the world.

The best golf courses in Scotland

The Renaissance Club: Another East Lothian gem with stellar views.

The best golf courses in Scotland

Royal Dornoch: On the north shore of the Dornoch Firth, on Scotland’s northeast coast, lies one of its most revered courses. Golf has been played in the seaside town, north of Inverness, since 1616, but the current club has “only” existed since 1877.

The best golf courses in Scotland

Royal Dornoch: The venerable location hosts two courses – the Championship and the Struie – but it’s the old track that attracts visitors from all over the world. Winding along winding sandy shores and among the dunes behind, the fast-paced course features bumps, dips, bunkers and gorse in a true test of the links, sandwiched between sea and mountains blanketed in purple heather.

The best golf courses in Scotland

The best golf courses in Scotland

Kingsbarns: It is one of three premier courses used in the annual Dunhill Links European Tour Championship, along with St Andrews’ Old Course and Carnoustie. Nearby are other gems of Scottish links such as Crail, Elie, Leven and Lundin Links.

The best golf courses in Scotland

Stuart Castle: Although it only opened in 2009, Stuart Castle on the banks of the Moray Firth has become a golfing highlight in the Highlands. The course, overlooked by an imposing white art deco clubhouse, hugs the shoreline and sloping cliffs on a thin stretch of links with views of Ben Wyvis Mountain, Kessock Bridge, Fort George and Chanonry Lighthouse.

The best golf courses in Scotland

The best golf courses in Scotland

Loch Lomond: Everything about Loch Lomond exudes luxury. From the 18th century Rossdhu House at its center to a spectacular park-style course on the shores of the eponymous loch – Britain’s largest body of fresh water – it’s a study in elegance. The catch is that it’s a private club, so access is like a golden ticket from Willy Wonka.

The best golf courses in Scotland

Loch Lomond: It is a relatively recent addition to the Scottish golf repertoire, designed by former American golf star Tom Weiskopf and Jay Morrish and opened in 1993, but its setting between mountains and water in the grounds of the ruined medieval castle makes it a regular on lists of the best courses in the world.

The best golf courses in Scotland

The best golf courses in Scotland

Gleneagles: The Jack Nicklaus-designed Centenary Course – used for the 2014 Ryder Cup – is the centerpiece of the golf offering, a grand park-style layout with sweeping views of the purple heather-clad mountains. The Gleneagles Hotel opened its doors in 1924, nicknamed the “Riviera of the Highlands” and today has 232 rooms including 27 suites. More than 50 luxury pavilions on site can also be rented.

The best golf courses in Scotland

Royal Aberdeen: As with many of Scotland’s best courses, golf in these areas has a long history – the Royal Aberdeen Golf Club was founded on land near ‘Granite City’ in 1780 and is said to be the sixth oldest golf club in the world. The historic Balgownie course is the highlight, a classic links course that weaves through the natural dune ecosystem.

The best golf courses in Scotland

Machrihanish: For golf off the beaten path, this historic club in the village of Machrihanish sits on the long finger of the Kintyre Peninsula on the west coast of Scotland pointing towards Northern Ireland. Machrihanish, with a famous opening shot over the sea, is another link in the classic Scottish tradition, with rolling fairways, firm turf, bunkers, gorse, wind and sweeping views towards the islands of Islay, Jura and Gigha.

Prince Andrew renounces his membership of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club in St Andrews

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