Scotland

Old Course

St Andrews Old Course

6721 YARDS – PAR 72 – USGA 73.1
Practice range ½ mile from course

The St Andrews Old Course is considered the oldest golf course in the world and commonly known as ‘The Home of Golf’. It is a public course over common land in St Andrews, Fife, Scotland and is held in trust by The St Andrews Links Trust under an act of Parliament.

The Swilcan Bridge and Hell Bunker are recognised across the globe, yet the greatest feature of the Old Course is that despite its grand status it remains a public golf course, open to all.

I fell in love with it the first day I played it. There’s just no other golf course that is even remotely close

– Jack Nicklaus, Open Champion 1970, 1978

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New Course - St Andrews

St Andrews New Course

6625 YARDS – PAR 71 – USGA 72.8
Practice range ½ mile from course

The oldest ‘new’ course in the world, the second course at the Home of Golf was built by the Keeper of the Green, Tom Morris in 1895 and it was imaginatively named to differentiate from its famous neighbor. Boasting undulating fairways and challenging greens, the New Course is a classic test of links golf.

The second course at the Home of Golf was built by the Keeper of the Green, Tom Morris in 1895 and it was imaginatively named to differentiate from its famous neighbour. Boasting undulating fairways and challenging greens, the New Course is a classic test of links golf.

Opened in April 1895, the course was built in response to increasing demand for golf at St Andrews, both from locals and from the visitors who were flocking to the town in increasing numbers on the recently constructed railway.

It has frequently been said that if the St Andrews New Course were not situated next to the Old, then its star would have shone with a far greater degree of brilliance.

It’s a shame in many ways that such a great course has to be in the shadow of an illustrious neighbour. The New Course at St Andrews is a golf experience for the ages.

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Carnegie Club at Skibo Castle

Carnegie Club at Skibo Castle

Full practice facilities

The Carnegie Links is the jewel in Skibo’s crown. An 18-hole Championship course on the banks of the Dornoch Firth, it offers players 6,833 yards of golfing genius. Members love the modern Highland luxury of the Skibo Clubhouse, which has views over both the Carnegie Links and the Dornoch Firth. Golfers also appreciate the fully-stocked Halfway House where they can partake of some light refreshments.

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Brora Golf Club

Brora Golf Club

Driving net & putting green

The golf course design is recognised as being one of James Braid’s finest pieces of work. The green staff work tirelessly to preserve the original design whilst presenting a course that is regularly acclaimed for its quality. The perfect balance between challenge and fun and in a breath-taking setting.

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Machrihanish Golf Club

Full Practice facilities

Situated in the picturesque village of Machrihanish, located on the Kintyre Peninsula, Machrihanish Golf Course boasts natural scenery which includes spectacular sea views.  Despite its rural location, Machrihanish is a popular course, attracting golfers from across the globe, who travel to experience the best opening hole in Scottish golf.

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Gullane Golf Club No.1

Full practice facilities

Carved into the ancient links turf with smooth-running greens, pot bunkers and wispy grasses Gullane No. 1 is a unique challenge for all golfers.  Add to that the fabulous views across to Edinburgh, the Firth of Forth, Fife and beyond and you have one of the world’s most cherished golfing experiences.

Host course to the Scottish Open on 2 occasions in the past 5 years.

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The Renaissance Club

Full practice facilities

The Renaissance Club was founded on respect for the traditions of the game. Tom Doak was hired to create a world-class course with regard to his renowned ability to move very little earth; showcasing the natural features of an incredible property such as Renaissance. Our greens crew hails from the local area and brings vast experience of links turf.  

At over 7300 yards, par 71, the back tees are not for the fainthearted.

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Dunbar Golf Club

The par-71, 6,597-yard golf course offers three par 5s, including the monster 506-yard ninth hole, Longbanks. Year-round, these North Sea links offer the total golf experience on this narrow strip that runs along a rocky beach, bordered by the Old Deer Park wall. Battling the sea wind to hit the well-defined holes following the coastal contours guaranteed a new experience every round.

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Musselburgh Links

Musselburgh Links, The Old Golf Course, an original ‘Open Championship’ venue, hosting the competition on six occasions between 1874 and 1889. Documentary evidence proves that golf was played on Musselburgh Links as early as 2 March 1672 although Mary, Queen of Scots reputedly played here in 1567.”

Authenticating the record is the documentary evidence found in the Account Book of Sir John Foulis of Ravelston. 

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Western Gailes

Chipping & putting greens

The reputation of Western Gailes as one of the game’s finest and more exacting courses has spread worldwide as evidenced by its numerous visitors from around the world including golfing legends from this and the last century.

The course is situated between the railway and the sea, so typical of the classic Ayrshire links courses, with both being very much in play for the errant golfer.

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Prestwick Golf Club

Prestwick Golf Club

Putting green

Prestwick is one of the oldest golf clubs in the world and stakes claim as the original host to the British Open in 1860. The course was only 12 holes back then but was later stretched to 18 by Old Tom Morris. Today, the Open has moved next door to Royal Troon when it’s in this neck of Ayrshire, but Prestwick still demands utmost respect from first-time guests, as it features narrow fairways and rugged dunes creating many blind shots.

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Gailes Links

Glasgow Golf Club, Gailes Links

Full practice facilities

Established in 1892, Gailes Links is part of the prestigious Glasgow Golf Club.
The club has hosted 32 International competitions since 1927 and was an Open Championship Qualifying course four times since 2014. Glasgow Golf Club, one of the oldest golf clubs in the world, was founded in 1787.

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Dundonald Links

Dundonald Links

Full practice facilities

Designed by Kyle Phillips, one of the game’s top architects, the 7,100-yard, par-72 golf course is located in  prime golfing territory on the Ayrshire coast. Host to the 2017 Scottish Open, the course has recently been taken over and exciting plans are in place for a brand new clubhouse and purpose built golf lodges on-site.

Dundonald is a great course to play on your arrival day.

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Castle Stuart Golf Links

Full practice facilities

Castle Stuart Golf Links, designed by Mark Parsinen and Gil Hanse, is a championship links golf course overlooking no only the Moray Firth, but also landmarks synonymous with Inverness and the Black Isle (Chanonry Lighthouse and Kessock bridge are perhaps the most notable). The course has played host to the Scottish Open on 4 occasions which is a real feat for such a young course.

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Royal Dornoch

Royal Dornoch

Driving net & putting green

Royal Dornoch is spellbinding and many golfers from all over the world make the pilgrimage to these natural links at some point in their lives. It is often quoted as one of the must-play courses.

It’s the timeless setting that makes Royal Dornoch such a pleasing place to play golf. It’s wild, isolated and, at the same time, absolutely beautiful; there’s the blaze of colour in early summer when the gorse is in flower.

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Nairn Golf Club

Nairn Golf Club

Driving net & putting green

This Traditional Scottish Golf Links Course was created from a Highland wilderness of gorse and heather and tests the talents of professional and amateur alike. Founded in 1887, it is now one of the best courses in Scotland and has hosted a large number of important championships including the Walker Cup and the Amateur Championship. The Amateur will again be played over these links in 2021.

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Dumbarnie Golf Links

Dumbarnie Golf Links

Full practice facilities

At first glance Dumbarnie Links may have the appearance of the style of the classic links courses where The Open Championship has been played since 1860. However, the extensive 345-acre site at Dumbarnie is particularly special.

Opened in June 2020, it’s the newest and most exciting golf course project in Scotland for the past 10 years.

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Crail Golf - Balcomie

Crail Golfing Society, Balcomie Links

Full practice facilities

A combination of stunning coastal views, centuries of history and hugely enjoyable golf is what makes Balcomie Links one of Scotland’s most finely polished, golfing gems. This traditional, classic links course was laid out by the old master himself, Tom Morris, and opened in 1895. The society itself was founded in 1786 and is officially the 7th oldest Golf Club in the world.

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Trump International Golf Links

Trump International Golf Links – Aberdeen

Full practice facilities

Trump International Golf Links Scotland sits on a rugged stretch of the Aberdeenshire coastline. Covered in sandy dunes, the landscape is the ideal terrain for links golf. The layout of the golf course follows the natural contours of the land, dipping into the scenic valleys and tumbling across gentle hills.

The dune are some of the biggest on any golf course, anywhere in the world. This is a golf course that must be seen in person to appreciate its true beauty.

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Cruden Bay Golf Club

Full Practice Facilities

Cruden Bay Golf Course creates unique challenges, demanding the skills of power, placement and fine judgment. The golf course is set against a backdrop of subtly contoured greens and panoramic views.

Designed by Old Tom Morris and opened in 1899, Cruden Bay was redesigned to the current layout by Tom Simpson and Herbert Fowler in 1926. The golf course offers an internationally famous golfing experience, old-fashioned links golf at its best.

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Royal Aberdeen Golf Club

Full Practice Facilities

Royal Aberdeen Golf Club in Aberdeen, Scotland, was founded in 1780 as the Society of Golfers at Aberdeen and became the Aberdeen Golf Club in 1815. Until 1888 members played on the Queen’s Links close to the city before moving across the River Don to the links at Balgownie. In the past 15 years, the course has hosted the 2011 Walker Cup, 2014 Scottish Open & 2015 British Senior Open won by Tom Watson.

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Muirfield

Full practice facilities

The club’s first beginnings were in Leith in 1744 and later moved to Musselburgh and finally in 1891 to Muirfield in East Lothian. Muirfield is a renowned host to major championships amateur and professional, international and national, men and ladies – all of which have produced worthy champions of whom more later. Eleven Amateur Championships have been played over the course and 16 Open Championships.

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North Berwick Golf Club

North Berwick Golf Club

Driving net & putting green

Golf has been played over the historic West Links course since the 17th century. With breathtaking views of the Firth of Forth and islands of Bass Rock, Craigleith, Lamb and Fidra, there are few places better in the world to play golf! A true championship links course, having hosted Final Qualifying for The Open Championship and both Gentlemen and Ladies Amateur Championships. An excellent test of golf awaits you.

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Carnoustie Golf Hotel

Carnoustie Golf Links

6945 YARDS – PAR 72 – USGA 75.1
Warm-up swing room, driving nets & putting green

The Championship Course has hosted eight Open Championships, one Women’s British Open and two Seniors Open making it one of the very few to have done so in the UK. It is one of three courses used for the annual Dunhill Links, the others being Kingsbarns and the Old Course in St Andrews.

It’s a regular host to the British Open and has seen winners including Ben Hogan, Gary Player, Tom Watson and most recently Padraig Harrington in 2007. But its recent lore belongs to who didn’t win it, Frenchman Jean Van de Velde, after his infamous triple bogey collapse on the 72nd hole in 1999. Play the diabolical 18th yourself however, and it’s easy to sympathize with the Frenchman.

The course is nicknamed “Car-nasty,” due to its famous difficulty, especially under adverse weather conditions. It is considered by many to be the most difficult course in the Open rota, and one of the toughest courses in the world.

Carnoustie Golf Links is the toughest course anywhere.” – Gary Player

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