Golf and Golf Breaks in Scotland


Golf - Made in Scotland

Host to Memorable Open Championships and Ryder Cup Golf Tournaments, Scotland is unquestionably the 'Home of Golf'.

Written by Linda Jackson

Justin Rose Championship Golfer
The Open Championship Trophy
St Andrews Old Course

Take a luxury golf break in Scotland and follow in the footsteps of legendary golfers on some of Scotland's championship golf courses – breath taking, exhilarating and challenging.

With over 550 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.

Commemorative Golf at St Andrews stampAnd, 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 550 courses to choose from you face one very big dilemma if you take a golf holiday in Scotland… namely deciding which courses to play.

With such a huge range of superb golf courses in Scotland it comes as no surprise that many Open Championships and two Ryder Cups have been hosted in Scotland. Such is the interest in golf in Scotland that golfers wanting to watch major golf events or Open Championships held in Scotland must be on the ball and be quick off the mark to book accommodation such as The Old Course Hotel, Gleneagles.

View ofMuirfield from Greywalls
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.

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 these links 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.


Areial View of Gleneagles Golf Course.
Golf at Gleneagles

Gleneagles Golf Course
Gleneagles Golf Resort
The Gleneagles resort was nominated for '2015 Europe's Leading Sports Resort' and voted '2014 Scotland's Leading Resort' by the World Travel Awards and is home to three superb championship golf courses.

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 Jack Nicklaus-designed PGA Centenary Course was Host Venue for the 2014 Ryder Cup when Europe challenged America for, and won, the prestigious trophy. That was the first time the Ryder Cup had been played in Scotland for over 40 years; the previous 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.

The 144th Open Championship took place in July 2015 returning, yet again, to St Andrews, 'The Home of Golf' where the world's greatest golfers battled for the famous Claret Jug over the Old Course. Tiger Woods was victorious here in 2000 and 2005, and in 2010 Louis Oosthuizen claimed a seven shot win over Lee Westwood in second place.

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 Course
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 Llink
Castle Stuart Golf Links

The Belmond Royal Scotsman has occasional golf departures during which guests can play golf on a number of Scottish golf courses including those hidden gems in the Highlands.

Depending on the itinerary you can play golf when cruising on the Hebridean Princess. This small luxury yacht provides cruises with a difference and exploring some of the most remote parts of Scotland.

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

In the Scottish Highlands Castle Stuart Golf Links has gained quite a reputation in the golfing world, it's a Scottish championship links course close to Inverness.

Rocpool Reserve 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 in Nairn, 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.

Just thirteen miles away you will find alternative accommodation at the Marcliffe Hotel and Spa, a luxurious relaxed and elegant 5-star country hotel set in eleven acres of wooded grounds on the outskirts of historic Aberdeen city.

In addition to excellent golf courses - such as Royal Aberdeen, Cruden Bay and Murcar - the region is also renowned for its historic castles and stunning landscapes.

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.

Old Style Golf in Scotland
view over highland golf course

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