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They say that ‘home is where the heart is’... We say that as Scotland is known as the Home of Golf, why go anywhere else for your golf holiday? Just come home.

Written by Linda Jackson

Golf is not just a game in Scotland; it’s a way of life. And what a life that is... legendary Scottish championship golf courses, loch-side gems, challenging links layouts, lush hillsides, leafy woodlands, and breathtaking seaside golf courses blessed with sandy soil and salty sea air. And, to make your golfing life easier, many of Scotland’s regions offer special golf passes that allow you to play a number of top courses at bargain prices.

However, be warned, you will be faced with one very big - nay gigantic - problem if you take a golf holiday in Scotland. How on earth do you work out where to go for a golf break when there are more than 550 golf courses to choose from?  Impossible; so let us help.

British Open Championship golf courses in Scotland

11th hole at Ailsa Course at Turnberry
The Ailsa - 11th Hole at Turnberry

If you want to walk in the footsteps of golfing legends, then you can; no problem.

Scotland has five prestigious championship venues on the current British Open Championship rota: the famous Old Course at St Andrews, the undisputed Home of Golf; Carnoustie, where golf has been played since the early 16th century; Royal Troon, the Open venue for 2016 which boasts some of the most striking links land you’ll ever play on, including the famous ‘Postage Stamp’ 8th hole; Muirfield, a challenging links golf course in Scotland featuring thick rough and more than 150 bunkers, which is consistently rated in the top ten golf courses in the world and was the venue for the British Open Championship again in 2013.

And, last but by no means least, Turnberry - once a landing strip for planes during the Great War, now a top quality links course on a stunning clifftop location - a course that Colin Montgomerie reckons “offers some of the best links golf in the world”.

Luxury hotel accommodation with golf in Scotland

Choosing which golf courses to play in Scotland on your golf break might be a problem, but staying in luxury accommodation in Scotland with on-site golf, or nearby golf, certainly won’t be.

Take a look below at a few Luxury Scotland hotels that offer superb golf on-site or within a short drive... but bear in mind that all hotels under the Luxury Scotland umbrella can assist locally with the organisation of luxury golf vacations in Scotland, as can Little’s , a Partner of Luxury Scotland.

Golf breaks in Perthshire, Scotland

golf at Gleneagles
Golf at Gleneagles

There are around 40 golf courses in Perthshire, ranging from a rustic and fun 9-hole country course to golfing in style at a world-class venue like Gleneagles.

Three of the finest championship golf courses in Scotland can be played at Gleneagles Hotel, Perthshire, which hosted the legendary Ryder Cup in 2014.

If you’re new to the game there’s also a 9-hole Academy Course and, for complete beginners or advanced players wishing to improve their game, a PGA National Golf Academy with the latest computer software to analyse your swing.

 

Golf in East Lothian - 2013 British Open venue.

Greywalls Hotel, East Lothian
Greywalls

With 22 golf courses and an ideal microclimate ideal for golf, East Lothian (just a 30-minute drive from Edinburgh) is considered a golfer’s paradise offering both classic inland and traditional links golf courses, many with awe-inspiring coastal panoramas.

East Lothian is also home to world-renowned Muirfield golf course, host to the British Open 15 times and venue for the 2013 British Open 2013.

Overlooking the world famous greens of the 9th & 18th holes at Muirfield, Greywalls Hotel has earned itself a reputation as a golfers' paradise. This Lutyens-designed country house offers luxury accommodation, fantastic views over East Lothian and the Firth of Forth, magnificent gardens and superb dining, courtesy of renowned chef Albert Roux. Greywalls is in a privileged position to offer exclusive golf packages to its guests: there are ten golf courses, including four championship courses, within five miles of the hotel.

Golf vacations in St Andrews, Scotland

Golf at St Andrews
Golf at St Andrews

St Andrews - the Home of Golf, where the game began and where the 2010 British Open was held - just has to be the most famous golfing region in the world. You can even join an expert guide for tours of the Old Course, unrivalled for its history and prestige: choose from a frequently-held 50-minute tour or, in July and August, a three-hour tour for golfaholics which takes in Hell Bunker, The Coffins, and High Hole.

Nurtured over six centuries, there are now seven golf courses to play in St Andrews: the largest public golf complex in Europe. If you are taking a family golf holiday in Scotland in St Andrews, head for the family-friendly Strathyrum and Balgove golf courses: play is quite relaxed on these courses so also suitable for beginners. For a true links challenge play a round on the New, Jubilee, and Eden courses or on the new Castle Course which sits on the cliffs overlooking St Andrews.

Enjoy wonderful views of St Andrews  from The Duke’s Course, owned by The Old Course Hotel. The hotel is in a truly spectacular location and borders the renowned 17th ‘Road Hole’ of the Old Course while overlooking the famous links courses and the beautiful Scottish coastline of  West Sands beach.

Exclusive golf holidays in Ayrshire, Scotland

With 20 quality golf courses to play around with - including prestigious Royal Troon, Turnberry, Prestwick and Gailes - Ayrshire can offer great golfing breaks in Scotland on courses blessed with spectacular views.

Lochgreen House Hotel
Lochgreen House Hotel

For visitors to the 2016 Open at Royal Troon and those who are considering playing at Royal Troon or Prestwick the delightful Lochgreen House Hotel & Spa is a wonderful, relaxing option for luxury accommodation. With an award winning restaurant, thirty two elegant bedrooms with luxurious bathrooms and views out over Royal Troon Championship Golf Course, Lochgreen delights with sensational views of the Ayrshire coast, that are truly breathtaking. (PHOTO to ADD)

A few miles south at the Trump Turnberry Resort you’ll enjoy magnificent views from anywhere on the course over the Irish Sea, to the island of Arran, the Mull of Kintyre, and of Ailsa Craig - a huge volcanic ‘plug’ sitting nine miles offshore.

Home to the iconic Ailsa course, Trump Turnberry Resort offers a great golfing experience. Don’t miss it - and take your camera for the most photographed hole, the 9th by the lighthouse known as ‘Bruce’s Castle’, named after Robert the Bruce, the Scottish King (1306-1329).


Trump Turnberry Golf Resort

Before you do take on Ailsa with her tiered greens, steep bunkers, wicked rough and greens heavily guarded by pot bunkers, pop into The Colin Montgomerie Links Golf Academy... you’ll need all the help you can get. The good side is there are no trees on Ailsa and only one wee burn (though not quite as wee as many would like).

The Ailsa is currently ranked as Britain’s number One golf course by two leading golf publications and is consistently rated amongst the world’s best.

Trump Turnberry Resort’s other 18-hole course, The Kintyre, also offers superb links golf with undulating greens, glorious fairways and magnificent ocean holes, while the 9-hole Arran course has been designed specifically to allow the PGA professionals to pass on advice and tips about links golf as well as how Colin Montgomerie plays and thinks his way around a golf course.

Perfect. So... if golf professional and Turnberry expert Colin Montgomerie reckons that “Turnberry offers some of the best links golf in the world”, who are we to argue.

On second thoughts, perhaps we will... it’s not that only Turnberry offers some of the best links golf in the world, but that Scotland as a whole offers some of the best traditional and links golf you’ll find on the planet.

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