10 of the best - Scottish Courses under £50
Golf in Scotland is wonderfully varied. It offers in its repertoire legendary championship links, beautiful traditional seaside tracks, in addition to the classic inland venues that are situated in spectacular locations.
That broad menu can also be expressed in terms of pricing. We are always on the lookout for value, and it can be found abundantly in the country that brought the world the game of golf.
Sadly, many of the more exulted venues have priced out many golfers, but that shouldn’t dissuade anyone from playing in Scotland. There are many bargains out there that offer a great experience for a comparatively modest cost. Here are just a few of them.
Perhaps the most overlooked of Scotland’s better known courses, this Ayrshire links is a modern classic. Opened for play in 2003, Kyle Philips’ smart and varied design offers an engrossing challenge that continues to grow and mature over time.
A highly professional and warm reception can be expected on your arrival, creating a sense of occasion that you so rarely feel at other courses. It sets your experience off to a strong start.
The Ladies Scottish Open will be contested at Dundonald this summer, which should only enhance its reputation in future. Despite the many glowing reviews, it is a course that has passed many people by. Don’t be one of them.
Play for £50 after 3:30pm.
Boat of Garten
A truly beautiful course situated in the Cairngorms, adjacent to the River Spey. It’s a thoroughly pleasant and relaxed challenge – with a sub 6,000 yard length ensuring playability for all. A fine entry from the James Braid portfolio.
It would be highly recommended to navigate your way around this course on a summer’s evening, with the low sunlight adorning the birch and heather that makes Boat of Garten so aesthetically pleasing.
Play for £45 on weekdays.
Old Tom Morris’ delightful course on the Dornoch Firth does fall under the shadow of its illustrious near-neighbour, but Tain offers a truly wonderful mixture of heathland and links, ensuring for a varied and compelling challenge.
Three rounds at Royal Dornoch, Brora and Tain has the quality to match any other golfing treble.
Play for £50 in summer. Twilight rates are available.
Short and sweet. At just 5,502 yards on the scorecard, visitors could be fooled into believing that this East Lothian classic offers little in the way of a challenge. However, they won’t be thinking that when they leave this traditional links course.
With small and deceptive greens, Kilspindie tests the shot-making skills of all who tread on its defined fairways that provide a fine respite from the more demanding venues in the area.
You will depart from the charming Kilspindie having enjoyed a memorable experience.
Play for £49 on weekdays.
James Braid makes another appearance on our list. Golspie serves as a reminder of the great value found in the Highlands, with a high quality and varied design providing everything you would want from a traditional golfing experience.
It’s very good, and its number of admirers seems to grow every year. Make yourself one of them.
£45 for a single round ticket.
If you are looking for something unique – then why not take the journey to the spectacular Isle of Arran where you will find the thrilling Shiskine. There are seven courses on Arran (which you can access by ferry from Ardrossan) but the jewel in the crown is unquestionably Shiskine. Consisting of only 12 holes, this short and quirky track has an enduring quality that warrants repeated playing.
To that end, purchase a day ticket and prepare to be enthralled by a course that is truly fun to play.
Play two rounds for £39. Or buy the ‘Arran Golf Pass’ for £99 – offering rounds on all seven courses.
If breath-taking views are always something that you hold dear on a course, then the underrated Perthshire track of Pitlochry should be on your list. Spectacular visuals can be enjoyed from most of the course – which is situated in the southern quadrant of the Scottish Highlands.
But don’t be fooled into thinking that this course is merely an elaborate vantage point. It offers a fine variety of holes – with a modest yardage ensuring that every standard of player will appreciate the experience of visiting this friendly club.
Play for £45 on weekdays – includes Bacon Roll, Tea or Coffee and Two Course Meal.
St Andrews – Eden
Lovers of golf architecture will be enthralled by the front-nine of the Eden. Harry Colt’s signature green designs are thoroughly charming and challenging, complimenting a fine variety of holes on a course that is just a matter of feet from the Old. Unfortunately, many of Donald Steel’s modern day additions on the back-nine are not anywhere as interesting, but the Eden is a course that every lover of links golf should play at least once.
Expect the usual warm and professional welcome from the St Andrews Links staff and prepare to enjoy a subtly challenging and endearing course.
Play for £40 in the high season.
Peterhead – Old Course
Step back in time with this classic north-east links. Peterhead Golf Club is the 18th oldest in the world, and its old course certainly evokes a distinctive sense of period.
Funnelling through spectacular dunes, Peterhead almost feels like the archetypical Scottish links course. Rugged, attractive and thrillingly challenging. In 2005, Butch Harmon played the course, with the legendary golf coach leaving behind a glowing review of his experience of the links. If it’s good enough for Butch, it’s good enough for you!
Combine it with a visit to Royal Aberdeen, Trump International or Cruden Bay and you’ll leave the north-east having experienced golf at its best.
Play for £45 on weekdays.
Edzell – Old Course
If you are on the lookout for a tranquil and well-manicured inland course, then there are few better than the Old Course at Edzell.
Situated in the foothills of the Grampians, Edzell provides a challenge for all standards of player, with the pleasant and welcoming clubhouse offering a fine experience for visitors. Sat between Dundee and Aberdeen, Edzell is a worthwhile stop for anyone travelling along Scotland’s east coast.
Play for £46 on weekends.
Image credit - Kilspindie Golf Club Website
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