Scotland's Finest Golf Courses

By: Golf Shake | Mon 30 Jan 2012 | Comments ()

Scotland has a long history with Golf – ever since the 15th century when an Act of Parliament put in place by King James II banned the game. Luckily it didn’t stay away too long and there are now 500 courses throughout the country . Just looking at a few of these courses, it’s easy to see why enthusiasts flock back with their clubs and golf accessories ready to tee off on their favourite course.

Turnberry (Ailsa)

This links Open Championship course is thought to be the finest in Scotland. Located right next to the Firth of Clyde, the scenery is spectacular as is the location of many of the holes – right next to the sea.

  • Advantages: Most scenic Championship course in Scotland; looks out over Mull of Kintyre and Isle of Arran.
  • Disadvantages: Wind can often cause players problems due to the lack of dunes near the sea. This can present a challenge to even the most talented of golfers.


Thought to come in a close second in the best course stakes, Muirfield is a masterpiece in design. The nine back holes are arranged in a counter clockwise circle inside the nine out holes which are arranged in a clockwise circle.

  • Advantages: Due to the layout, golfers can expect to face environmental challenges facing all directions.
  • Disadvantages: Women may only play when accompanied by a gentleman; rules apply for club attendance.

Royal Dornoch (Championship)

The Royal Dornoch Championship course is less formal than Muirfield and enjoys stunning scenery due to its wild isolated location. The more relaxed attitude makes it an appealing play for both amateurs and professionals alike.

  • Advantages: The dress code is smart casual; there are also fee reductions for ‘twilight’ games.
  • Disadvantages: This can be quite a difficult course to get to. While being only 45 minutes drive from Inverness, it’s over five hours away from Glasgow.

St. Andrew’s (Old)

As potentially the oldest course in the world, St. Andrews is a very special links course, with play starting here as early as the 12th century.

  • Advantages: This is a public course that people can get to know and really love, holding a special place in the hearts of many who play here.
  • Disadvantages: It’s no always guaranteed that you’ll be able to play. With the most common method being through the daily ballot it can get full very quickly, especially in peak season.


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