Golf – Made in Scotland

Golf - Made In Scotland

Written by Linda Jackson

This autumn take a luxury golf break in Scotland and follow in the footsteps of legendary golfers on some of Scotland’s championship golf courses – breathtaking, exhilarating and challenging.

With over 500 golf courses throughout Scotland you'd expect, quite rightly, that golf holidays in Scotland will be organised down to a tee… in fact, there are many very fine tees.

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, with over 500 courses to choose from you face one very big - nay gigantic - problem if you take a golf holiday in Scotland.

With such a huge range of superb golf courses in Scotland it comes as no surprise that the Open Championship and the Ryder Cup hosted in Scotland. Such is the interest in golf in Scotland that golfers wanting to watch this year's Ryder Cup or Open Championships held in Scotland must be on the ball, keep on their toes, and be quick off the mark to book accommodation near the host venues..

Muirfield near Greywalls

The exclusive Greywalls Hotel & Chez Rouz overlooks Muirfield’s 9th and 18th holes, enviably situated on the very edge of historic Muirfield golf course which has now hosted no less than 16 Open Championships, its first in 1892. Here in East Lothian, not only does Greywalls have Muirfield literally on its doorstep but, within a few miles, also the championship golf courses of Gullane, North Berwick, Luffness, Archerfield and Renaissance – all within easy reach of Edinburgh with its wide choice of luxury hotels, should any golfer wants to mix city and golf or work and pleasure.

St Andrews Links Golf
In Scotland the links courses, especially, lure golfers from around the globe to the UK, there’s something special about them.

The ball sits up beautifully on the fairways begging to be hit, the courses are well drained, generally playable year-round, and far-reaching sea views can take your breath away. The scenic golf courses, although man-made to a certain degree, blend perfectly into, and wind through, the natural topography of the Scottish coastline and countryside, a great attraction to the country – especially cherished in this sunny Year of Natural Scotland.

Best Golf Resort in the World

In the rolling Perthshire countryside Scotland’s natural inland beauty blends perfectly with challenging golf at the world-famous The Gleneagles Hotel, host venue for the 2014 Ryder Cup.

The resort has been voted ‘Best Golf Resort in the World’ by the Daily Telegraph Ultratravel Awards 2013 and is home to three superb championship golf courses.

The Jack Nicklaus-designed PGA Centenary Course will be the host venue for this year's Ryder Cup when Europe will challenge America for the prestigious trophy. The is the first time this has been played in Scotland for over 40 years; the last Ryder Cup Scotland venue being Muirfield in 1973.

Every golfer will recognise the Road Hole at Old Course Hotel, Golf Resort  and Spa on the east coast, whether he or she has been to St Andrews or not. The golf course, just a short walk from the Old Course Hotel, is one of the most famous in Scotland where many a golf legend has played. There are eight championship courses within easy reach of the hotel and, again, being on the coast there are great views from this hotel with wonderful walks along the coast.

Winding through a dramatic landscape and featuring sloping fairways, slick greens, lagoons and 118 bunkers, The Carrick 18-hole golf course on Loch Lomond boasts nine holes in the Scottish lowlands and nine holes in the Scottish highlands. The views of Loch Lomond and Ben Lomond from the highlands’ nine are spectacular, and the lowlands’ nine border the banks of the famous Scottish loch.

Working up the west coast from the Mull of Galloway, taking in western Scotland generally, small luxury hotels in Scotland near golf courses include the boutique hotel Knockinaam Lodge with its own beach and 30 acres of landscaped grounds. Stay at Knockinaam and you’ll have 32 golf courses to choose from in Dumfries and Galloway, eighteen of which are 18-hole.

Machrihanish Golf near Crinan

Escaping to loch-side Crinan Hotel which nestles in the tiny picturesque harbour at the end of historical Crinan Canal doesn’t mean that golf will escape you.

There are excellent courses within easy reach; two particularly stunning courses being Machrihanish, a championship natural links course with views towards Ireland and Islay and, also with wonderful views, Dunaverty. Also in a stunning Highland location, not far from Oban, overlooking Loch Linnhe and the mountains, the intimate luxury country house Airds Hotel offers four golf courses within an hour’s drive.

Castle Stuart Golf Links

In the highlands Castle Stuart Golf Links has gained quite a reputation in the golfing world, it’s a Scottish championship links course in Inverness.

It is located just eight miles from the highly recommended Rocpool Reserve Hotel – an elegant, discreet, boutique hotel.

Rocpool is an exclusive city hideaway within easy reach of several good golf courses including Nairn, Loch Ness, Royal Dornoch, and Fortrose & Rosemarkie (a James Braid course). In fact, this region is one of Scotland’s golfing hotspots. Boath House, an elegant hotel also within easy reach of these golf courses, is a beautiful Scottish Regency House set in a 20-acre garden, and is renowned for its excellent cuisine.

It is often said by non-golfers (of course) that “golf is a good walk ruined” but we golfers know just how very wrong they are.

Some of the best walks ever and the most spectacular views of Scotland you’ll find are enjoyed from the country’s championship golf courses.

So, golfers AND walkers, if ‘strutting your stuff’ on the 550-plus golf courses in Scotland does not leave you breathless, the spectacular scenery undoubtedly will… but don’t worry, gasping is not a hazard.