Golf vacations — Scotland Golf

 
 

Traveler.com brings you great resources to plan your Scotland golf vacation. We can help you find hidden Scotland golf gems, learn how to play once-in-lifetime Open courses, pick the right hotels, and more.

 

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 Free Scotland golf guide

* Best places to play, stay and dine

* Secrets resorts don't want you to know

* Tips known only to locals and a few

 

 

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Scotland Golf Vacations and Golf Schools

Best Scotland golf vacation operators

Perry Golf;  runs tours in 12 nations, but with a long history in Ireland

Jerry Quinlan's Celtic Golf;  long history in Ireland and Scotland, and one of the most recognized names

Golf Scotland;  don't be fooled by the "Official Golf Scotland Site" designation - it's a private company, but a good one

Golf International;  the only American company to win the prestigious "Icons of Scotland Award" for excellence in tourism

SGH Golf;  in business since 1983;  covers multiple countries with in-destination offices

Wide World of Golf;  50 years of experience with multiple international destinations

 

Top golf school vacations

The Dukes Golf Academy;  at St. Andrews, part of the Kohler Destination St. Andrews experience

 

Top Scotland Golf Courses

East Lothian and Fife

St. Andrews Links Trust;  the Scotland golf club entrusted with managing and preserving St. Andrews'-area courses

Old Course at St. Andrews;  the altar of Scotland golf;  home of the game

Castle Course;  smashing new David McLay Kidd course on the cliffs

New golf course, Jubilee golf course and Eden golf course

The Dukes Course St. Andrews; fully-renovated by the Kohler Destination St. Andrews group

Carnoustie Golf Links;  commonly believed one of the toughest courses in the world;  regular host of the British Open Championship

The Devlin Course / Kittocks;  Fairmont St. Andrews renamed the Devlin Course as the Kittocks course in 2008

Kingsbarns Golf Links;  the best new course in decades in the St. Andrews area - until the Castle course

Gleneagles Hotel;  famous 5-Star resort;  54 holes;  the new PGA Centenary will host the 2014 Ryder Cup

King's Golf Course

Queen's Golf Course

PGA Centenary Golf Course

Crail Golfing Society;  the 7th-oldest golf club in the world

Balcomie Links;  one of Scotland golf's top challenges,  right on the Firth of Forth

Craighead Links;  opened in 1998, a very worthy companion course to the Balcomie Links

Gullane Golf Club

Muirfield Golf Club; one of the Top 10 courses in the world; regular British Open host

 

West Coast and Islands

Turnberry Golf Club

Ailsa golf course;  2009's British Open course

Kintyre golf course;  solid companion course to Ailsa

Royal Troon Golf Club;  another British Open classic;  home of the famous "Postage Stamp"

Prestwick Golf Club;  historic course in a more parkland setting

Machrihanish Golf Club;  remote, but worth the trip and famous for its opening hole

Machrie Golf Links; becoming known as one of the world's top links courses

 

Highlands and Northeast

Royal Dornoch Golf Club;  a classic; one of the world's top courses

Boat of Garten Golf Club;  popular and challening links course

Carnegie Club at Skobo Castle; In a secluded corner of Scotland's eastern highlands, on the shores of the Dornoch Firth, sits Skibo Castle

Royal Aberdeen;  6th oldest club in the world;  host of the 2011 Walker Cup

Cruden Bay Golf Club;  #52 in World by Golf Magazine

Brora Golf Club

Tain Golf Club; views over mountains and sea and benefits from a sheltered climate

Nairn Golf Club; on the shores of the Moray Firth

Moray Golf Club;  36 holes of links golf by Old Tom Morris and Henry Cotton

Golspie Golf Club; views over the Dornoch Firth and the towering backdrop of Ben Bhraggie 

Durness Golf Club; the most North Westerly Course on Mainland Britain

 

Secret Tips For Your Scotland Golf Vacation

Secrets to Playing Turnberry on a Scotland Golf Vacation

This year's British Open will be at the Ailsa course at the Westin Turnberry Resort, in case you're thinking about playing it on a Scotland golf vacation.

You may know we highly recommend playing Turnberry's Ailsa golf course.  It is scenic, has fantastic golf, and has the history of hosting the British Open for the 4th time.

Unfortunately, we can't tout the overall experience at Turnberry Resort now.  Unlike most other British Open courses, Turnberry is a large resort that caters to corporate groups and maximizes rounds played.  Play can be irritatingly slow.

On the first day, we were backed up from the first tee.  It happens.  We understand, but there were no attempts to speed up play.

As for rooms at the Turnberry Resort, get a forward-facing, ocean-view room if you opt for the Classic Single category on your Scotland golf vacation.  Ours, number 241, was quite cramped, got hot, and had one tiny window that let in more noise from the back of the hotel than fresh air.

Professor "Warns" Old Course Could Be Destroyed

Have you seen the University of St. Andrews' professor's quotes about the Old Course at St. Andrews in danger of "crumbling into the sea?"  Well, don't cancel your Scotland golf plans...

The rumors are based on a recent speech about how the classic St. Andrews golf course could be destroyed by 2050 if effects of climate change or warming grow.  From the Daily Telegraph about the director of the St. Andrews Sustainability Institute:

"She said the old course...could be destroyed by strong storm surges...'There is a lot of coastal erosion...already because of stronger storms,' she said. 'I wanted to use something iconic to demonstrate what we stand to lose.'"

Did you catch that last line? "I wanted to use something..."

 

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