Scotland is known for having some of the greatest golf courses in the world. There are over 550 great Scottish golf courses that are available to the public. This number is extremely impressive and puts Scotland at first place as the country with the most golf courses per capita. It should not come as a surprise that the top golf courses are in Scotland. This is because the golf we know today was invented in Scotland more than 560 years ago. Not only are some of the best golf courses in Scotland, Scotland is also home to some of the most famous golf players too such as Paul Lawrie, who won the Open Championship in 1999, at the age of 48, which was held in one of Scotland’s best golf courses (Carnoustie).
Have a look at some of the top golf courses in Scotland:
St. Andrews Links contain some of the most famous courses in Scotland. There are now 7 different courses here, some of them include: Castle course, Jubilee course and Balgove course - all of which provide golf enthusiasts a first-class location where they can play their favourite sport. St. Andrews (old) course is ranked in the top 10 Scottish golf courses and is identified as the ‘home of golf’, a title which it should be very proud of, considering it is up against more 550 other top golf courses in Scotland.
Kingsbarns Golf Links (which is also located in St. Andrews) has ranked for having one of the best golf courses in Scotland. The course won the Scottish Golf Tourism award in 2014 for: ‘Overall Best Golf Experience’ and ‘The Best Golf Course over £50’. Furthermore, according to Planet Golf, this outstanding golf course in Scotland is ranked among the top 100 courses in the UK and Ireland in 2017.
Cruden Bay Golf Club is in Peterhead, 23 miles away from Aberdeen, and was initially designed by Tom Morris and Archie Simpson in 1899. It was later renovated, in the 1920s, by Tom Simpson and Herbert Fowler. Slain’s castle, which inspired Bram Stoker when he was writing his novel ‘Dracula’, is visible from the course. This Golf club is classed as having one of the top golf courses in Scotland, and rightly so, as it has been accredited for being the 71st best golf course in the world.
Last but not least in our list of top golf courses in Scotland is Royal Dornoch Golf Club. It is a member of the Highland Golf links along with 2 others. This golf club is also known as one of the best Scottish golf courses. Its length is an impressive 6,711 yards and it was established in 1877. Its most significant Open Golf competition is The Carnegie Shield. The ‘shield’ itself is said to be one of the most longstanding trophies in golf.