There is no golf vacation that can compare with someone to Scotland. It’s my personal favorite spot to take part in the game on the planet, and I have been fortunate to help make the trip five occasions.
Before presenting my Top Ten, a disclaimer: I have performed 38 courses in Scotland, however a select couple of top-rated ones have demonstrated elusive — Western Gailes, Muirfield, Trump Scotland & Royal Troon — so that they don’t allow it to be out there despite the fact that I am sure they’d warrant great consideration. Other fine clubs, for example British Open Championship host Carnoustie, Royal Aberdeen, Prestwick and also the Renaissance Club, take presctiption the outdoors searching in.
Here’s my Scotland top ten, which spans in the Mull of Kintyre to the Highlands and, obviously, St. Andrews.
1. Old Course in St. Andrews
I have been lucky enough to take part in the Old two times, every time within an entirely different wind direction, which really brings the nuances for this most original design to existence. There’s simply nothing beats that old on the planet. St. Andrews is the best-sized golf town. I attempt and spend a minimum of an evening here each time I am over.
So while there are other visually dramatic links with greater dunes and ocean views, I still need to provide the nod of Scotland’s best course towards the Old.
2. North Berwick (West Links)
When individuals ask me about where you can play in Scotland, I suppose they are fully conscious of St. Andrews, therefore the first course from my mouth is frequently North Berwick.
Berwick’s routing is comparable to St. Andrews in that it is true out-and-back-links that begins and ends in the middle of town. The main difference, however, is it’s more scenic, with sufficient more ocean views, as well as more old-world cool. Shots include drives more than a beach, stone walls and a few really neat eco-friendly complexes.
3. Royal Dornoch
I have performed Dornoch three occasions, also it grows on me increasingly more. Have you ever performed Pinehurst No. 2, Dornoch is a touch glimpse into how Jesse Ross discovered the look style he’d import into his many works within the U.S. Later on, an mid-day stroll though this most charming little Highlands town only amplifies among the world’s finest golf encounters.
4. Kingsbarns Golf Links
Yes, you are headed to Scotland for any lesson in history, but Kingsbarns, opened up in 2000, earns its keep and more locally of St. Andrews. More man made than your average Scottish links, yes, however the end product is really a surreal, tiered amphitheater setting overlooking the ocean.
5. Cruden Bay
Historians from the game looking for an excellent throwback links, filled with Old Tom Morris quirks (for example four sunken, bind vegetables consecutively), must play Cruden Bay.
Tour operators frequently let me know it is the greatest-rated links by their customers following their journeys I will not go that far, but it is absolutely worth inclusion for just about any group that wishes to determine nature side of old Scottish golf.
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6. Machrihanish (Old)
I had been the only person around the course the chilly April morning I performed Machrihanish. Hail pounded lower when i teed off on "Battery" and nutted one lower the center.
It had been too wet to make use of my camera with rain mitts on I authored lower nary a score. But nonetheless, From the this loop in solitude, with Paul McCartney’s "Mull of Kintyre" tune as my swing thought, most fondly.
7. Castle Stuart
A complete hoot to experience, Castle Stuart, the second Scotland creation by developer Mark Parsinen after Kingsbarns, is essential on any Highlands tour. Couple of fairways in Scotland tend to be more forgiving, while there might be forget about scenic course in Scotland, either.
Castle Stuart has got the unique distinction of featuring holes both high over the ocean, affording fabulous views with vegetables with infinity backdrops, while some experience low ground right across the ocean (plus others having a castle backdrop). You’ll adore every hole.
8. Ailsa at Turnberry
A wonderful links that may play like a fair resort course or perhaps a stern Open Championship venue, I am unsure what Jesse Trump intends to enhance at Turnberry.
Since it was plowed to function as an airstrip during The Second World War, the rebuild required some ” old world ” quirks from the routing, which makes it certainly one of Scotland’s fairest championship links. In a type of twisted way, that kinda knocks it lower a peg or more for me personally.
9. King’s Course at Gleneagles
Links classes are only 1 / 2 of the storyplot of golf in Scotland. Exhibit 1-A why every itinerary will include a minumum of one heathland course may be the King’s at Gleneagles.
This can be a hands-on lesson within the imagination of James Braid, who throws massive bunkers, elevated vegetables, risk-reward holes that stand the ages plus much more in the golfer. Incidentally, the nearby hillside views are magnificent, and also the on-site five-star hotel rivals Turnberry and also the Old Course Hotel because the luxury digs in Scotland.
10. Gullane No. 1
Inside a crowded golf scene, remember East Lothian’s Gullane No. 1 alongside Muirfield, an outstanding, championship-worthy links with a few real unique characteristics into it, like a volcanic hill and a few exhilarating elevated tees.
Be sure to question a publish-round tour from Archie Baird’s Heritage of Golf Museum.