In conjunction with Visit Scotland and put together a list of the top 10 golf courses in Scotland. The Home of Golf has a multitude of world-renowned golf destinations. From Carnoustie, the venue for the 147th British Open to Gleneagles (host venue of the 2014 Ryder Cup), to the slightly lesser-known Thurso Golf Club (the most northerly Scottish mainland course) to St. Medan (the most Southern of Scottish mainland golf destinations), Scotland really is a golfer’s dream.
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1. St. Andrews (Old Course)
Fife, Scotland (Public)
Nowhere else in the world can you walk in the spike marks of every legendary figure to have played the game. Augusta National is rightfully hallowed, but Bobby Jones himself said that if he had to play only one course for the rest of his days he’d grow old on the Old Course. Top Golf Courses in Scotland
Muirfield, Gullane, East Lothian, Scotland (Private)
Muirfield is the home of The Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers, which dates back to 1744. The course has hosted 15 British Opens, most recently in 2002, when Ernie Els was champion. Although it’s private, tee times are available with advance planning. Top Golf Courses in Scotland
3. Royal Dornoch
Dornoch, Sutherland, Scotland (Semi-Private)
Dornoch was formed in 1877 and has been a Royal club for more than 100 years. The course is not close to major population centers and has never hosted a major tournament, but it has been the site of the Northern Open, the Scottish Ladies and the Scottish Professional Championships.
4. Turnberry (Ailsa)
Turnberry, Scotland (Resort)
If Turnberry’s Ailsa course lacks the natural ripples and chaotic contours of other British Open rotation links, it’s easy to understand why: During World War II, 18-inch-thick concrete was poured over parts of the layout for use as runways.
5. Carnoustie (Championship)
Angus, Carnoustie, Scotland (Public)
The course’s primary defense — the wind — is wildly unpredictable. From one day to the next, the gales can turn, morphing an eminently playable hole into a nightmare. ‘Tis nae wind, nae golf, the Scots like to say. That’s seldom a concern at Carnoustie, where ’tis always wind.
6. Royal Troon (Old)
Troon, Scotland (Public)
Host of eight British Opens, Troon plays through brambles, gorse and broken sand hills. The most famous hole on the links is the “Postage Stamp,” so named because the 123-yard par 3’s green is so small. The front nine plays along the beach and then the course turns inland on the back nine.
Kingsbarns, St. Andrews, Scotland (Public)
Kingsbarns was built by American developers and an American architect about six miles from St. Andrews. Although a considerable amount of dirt was moved to create this links-style course, it looks as if it has always been there.
8. Loch Lomond
Luss by Alexandria, Dunbartonshire, Scotland (Private)
Loch Lomond is host of the Scottish Open, held a week before the Open Championship. The 7,100 yard 18-hole golf course was designed by Tom Weiskopf and Jay Morrish.
9. Cruden Bay
Cruden Bay, Aberdeenshire, Scotland (Semi-private)
Drenched in quirky charm, this cult classic offers one wild seaside hole after another, including the head-scratching par-4 14th with its amazing funnel-shaped green.
Campbeltown, Argyll, Scotland (Private)
Machrihanish Golf Club is a classic links course set in the sandy dunes of western Scotland. A 6,225-yard par-70 layout, the combination of winds off the Atlantic Ocean, fescue grasses and cavernous pot bunkers make this course both beautiful and challenging.
Scotland is blessed with many great golf courses, so when MyGolfSpy asked Golfbreaks.com to single out ten as “must play”, it wasn’t exactly an easy task. Where do you start? The Best Golf Courses In Scotland are a delight for lovers of links golf and include five on The Open rota and three with royal patronage.