The Best Scottish Golf Resorts
The exact origins of the game of golf have been lost in the mire of history, possibly originating in China in the 14th century, or coming across Europe with the Romans. Other evidence points to England, France, Germany and the low countries as being the origin, as many similar games were played over the years. However, Scotland has long been known as the home of modern golf, where it was banned by James II in 1457 as being an ‘unwelcome distraction to learning archery’.
Today, Scotland sports over 600 golf courses (some sadly now redundant) with some of the finest and most historic in the world. The Old Course at St. Andrews is easily the oldest course in the world, with records of the land being used for such pastimes since 1574. This makes it at least 300 years older than any course outside the UK! So with this wealth of golfing classics, what are the best courses in Scotland? Well, that’s obviously a matter of opinion, but here are some of our favourites:
- Turnberry – Considered by many to be in the top 3 finest golf courses in Scotland, which is some compliment. It’s a classic links course constructed on the shore of the Firth of Clyde, and has some spectacular scenery including views of Arran Isle and the Mull of Kintyre. The ‘Alisa’ course was rescued after runways were built during the war, and has gone on to become one of the most famous courses in the world.
- Loch Lomond – You’ll have to have deep pockets to play here, with membership fees of thousands per year, and more than £100 per round. This is because it’s considered by many to be one of the finest courses in Europe, and is mainly kept as a tournament course. Members are dissuaded from playing often, despite the enormous fees. This is one of the most exclusive golfing destinations in the UK, and well worth the price just for the experience.
- St. Andrews Old Course – No golfing trip to Scotland would be complete without a trip to the home of golf, and to some it’s a pilgrimage they just have to make. You can play such famous holes like the ‘road hole’, but as it’s so popular many tee times are drawn by lots, so you’re not guaranteed a round at all! However, the whole town in golf mad, so there are plenty of places to stay and soak up the atmosphere whilst waiting for that elusive tee time!
- The Nairn Golf Club – Home of the oatcake, as well as a stunning course, the Nairn Championship course has sea views from nearly everywhere. It is constructed on the banks of the Moray Firth, just along the coast from the Inverness, and sits on raised ground for much of the way. It is one of Scotland’s lesser known courses, but a little gem, and the views on a good day are truly magnificent.