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Welcome to Quality Golf Scotland

Scotland the home of golf, has more than 500 courses which can be found in almost every town in the country. Golf in Scotland was first recorded in the 15th century, and the modern game of golf was developed and established in the country. The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews, known as the R&A, is the world governing body for the game (except in the United States), and to many golfers worldwide the Old Course, is considered to be a site of pilgrimage.

Many of Scotland’s golf courses are public courses including some of the Open championship courses.

 

Courses

Turnberry, St Andrews, Troon, Carnoustie are just a few of the superb courses in Scotland, there are much more to choose from, please contact an Agent to discuss your requirements.

Scotland The Home of Golf – Regions

The most popular regions for golf are the famous links around the coast of Scotland

The Ayrshire Coast on Scotland’s west coast close to Glasgow houses the towns of Troon and Prestwick.

East Lothian to the East of Edinburgh home to Musselburgh and Muirfield Golf Clubs, as well as superb links courses in the towns and villages of Gullane, North Berwick, and Dunbar.

An hour to the North of Edinburgh on the East Coast of Scotland the Home of Golf and the town of St Andrews.

The Old Course is the most famous but there are many other courses in the area available at a fraction of the price of the Old Course and many having history dating back hundreds of years.

The Golf courses in the town of St Andrews are all Public courses and managed by the St Andrews Links Trust, Handicap certificates are needed for many (but not all) of the courses in the town.

We also have the Scottish Golf Classic, an organised tournament which is played each year during the summer in St Andrews on some great courses, if you enjoy an organised golf holiday without having to get on a plane this could be the perfect golf holiday for you. Please contact us for more details.

 Dundee (Carnoustie) and Aberdeen (Royal Aberdeen) also have quality courses that anywhere else would be would be worth a trip in their own right.

If Links golf is not your favorite do not despair, the Scots built golf courses throughout the country with famous inland courses such as Gleneagles (host of the 2014 Ryder cup) Dalmahoy or Loch Lomond, all renowned world class golf courses and have all featured on the European professional tours.

One thing about Scotland is for certain it contains more golf courses per head of population than anywhere else in the world, from hidden local gems to Open championship courses, Country house golf resorts to the local town golf club something to suite every golfer’s budget.

We cannot hope to include anywhere near all the courses in Scotland but some of the best in our opinion both large and small.

  

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Trump Turnberry Golf Resort

Trump Turnberry Golf Resort

Imagine rolling hills, sandy dunes, a stiff breeze blowing off the Ayrshire coast. Before designer courses, before manicured greens and major championships, these lands inspired local Scots to play the game of golf. Beloved since its first formal course was built in 1901, Turnberry’s fairways have been shared by the game’s elite and casual enthusiasts from around the globe. Even the conversion of its links to runways during two world wars could not diminish the desire to play here, a place made for golf, where countless competitions have been waged that shall never be forgotten.

Beautiful in the sun, exacting in cold and wind, Trump Turnberry Resort’s three courses are both part of golf’s legacy and part of its future. A round on The Ailsa, The Kintyre or The Arran is the kind of extraordinary experience that changes a player, professional or amateur.

The draw of that experience will keep golfers returning here forever.

 

 

 

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The Alisa Course

Named after the third Marquess of Ailsa, who owned the land on which it was built, this par-70, 7,211-yard championship course is one of the golf’s storied places. Home to four Open Championships, Ailsa has shaped some of the most remarkable moments in the tournament’s history.

Its first three holes pose a fairly tough opening, particularly when the wind blows from the direction of its namesake, the brooding isle of Ailsa Craig, 11 miles out to sea. From the 4th to the 11th, the coastal scenery is magnificent and the course is demanding. Commanding a passage of stout hitting throughout, the 5th to the 8th holes are framed by sandy hillocks, while the 9th, 10th, and 11th are flanked by craggy rocks.

On its stony ridge on the edge of the sea, the 9th hole is Turnberry’s trademark. The landmark lighthouse casts shadows over the 13th-century ruins of Bruce’s Castle, the reputed birthplace of Scotland’s hero king Robert the Bruce, and the narrow path to the tee and the drive across the corner of the bay fills players with trepidation. 

The 17th, named Lang Whang, is the only par 5 on the course. A short but challenging hole, its subtle contours slightly obstruct each shot-characteristic of the trickery of Turnberry. On the 18th, with the red-roofed hotel in sight to distract, gorse running down the right side and small dunes peeking up just enough to block your view of the landing zone, finding the fairway is even more difficult.

 

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The Championship Kintyre Course

 

The par-72 Kintyre, called so after the long, narrow peninsula lying beyond the Isle of Arran in the Irish Sea, is another exhilarating championship course. Noted English architect Donald Steel has revised the old Arran course, originally constructed in 1909, into a 6,921-yard course that incorporates a set of turbulent swells in elevation.

As it rises up from the 7th green, the sweeping panorama from the brow of Bain’s Hill gives way to brilliant fairways and majestic ocean holes. These range from a delicate pitch in a rocky dell on the 8th to a thrilling second along the shoreline of the 9th. Earlier holes-like Leerie Licht, the short 3rd-may seem benign, but each brings its own trials. On this one, it’s the play into the prevailing wind and the green that is just 23 yards deep.

The 8th is Kintyre’s signature hole, it involves a drive from an elevated tee towards the sea & an unforgettable blind second shot. Utterly hidden by a narrow ridge, the green is set in a cove that seems to merge with the rugged beach beyond. On the 9th, an invigorating drive offers the choice between adventure & caution, glimpses of 2 of Turnberry’s charms: Ailsa Craig & the lighthouse.

A climb up to the 10th puts players at the highest point of the course, and in the way of any weather in the vicinity. After the myriad tests posed by the back nine, to escape the closing hole and its 11 bunkers without using a sand wedge is an accomplishment in itself.

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Golf Academy

 

The Golf Academy at Trump Turnberry is set against one of the most scenic backdrops in golf, featuring the Isle of Arran, the world famous Turnberry lighthouse, and the Ailsa Craig.

A combination of world-class practice facilities, cutting edge technology and expert PGA professional tuition ensures an unforgettable experience for all golfers.

A selection of tuition packages are available and can be tailored to suit any golfer, regardless of age or ability. These range from introductory suitable for complete beginners to those playing at a more advanced level. Also make use of our exceptional short game area, indoor teaching facility, and our custom fitting studio.

 

 

 

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St Andrews Links Trust

St Andrews

In the town of St Andrews, Fife, Scotland, it’s regarded as the “home of golf”. It has one of the oldest courses in the world, where the game has been played since the 15th century. Today there are seven public golf courses; the Balgove, Eden, Jubilee Course, Strathtyrum, New, the Old Course (which is widely considered one of the finest, and certainly the most famous and traditional, courses in the world), and the new Castle Course, sited on the cliffs a mile to the east of St Andrews and designed by the architect David McLay Kidd, which opened in June 2008.[1] The courses of St Andrews Links are owned by the local authorities and operated by St Andrews Links Trust, a charitable organisation. St Andrews is also home to the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews, one of the most prestigious golf clubs and until 2004 one of the two rulemaking authorities of golf (in that year, the Royal and Ancient Club passed on its rulemaking authority to an offshoot organisation, The R&A).

For more than 600 years St Andrews Links has felt the tread of every great champion and flinched as millions of golfers have hammered and hacked, swatted and swiped at balls of wood, leather, gutta-percha and balata. It has felt the caress of hickory and the sharp assault of blades of steel and titanium. It is a living, breathing timeline with each and every single person who walks upon it an integral part of our history, our love and our passion for this place. Write Your Own History at the Home of Golf.

There is a total of  7 courses at St Andrews

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Old Course

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Castle Course

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New Course

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Jubilee Course

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Eden Couse

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Strathtyrum Course

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Balgrove Course

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please click on any of the pictures for more information on the Courses at St Andrews

 

 

 

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Royal Troon

 

 

Royal-Troon

Troon Golf Club was formed on the 16th March 1878, at a Meeting of enthusiasts, in the Portland Arms Hotel in Troon. The first Captain appointed was James Dickie who held office for four years. Dr. John Highet held the office of Honorary Secretary from 1878 until 1893.

In 1879 six holes were designed and constructed by Charles Walker the Prestwick professional who’s title was “Custodian of the Links”. By 1888 the course had been extended to eighteen holes measuring 3 miles, 1 furlong, and 156 yards.

George Strath was appointed the first Professional to the Club in 1882 and to date only five other Professionals have held the position. He was substantially involved in the design of the 12 and 18 hole Courses prior to leaving in 1887.His successor Willie Fernie, by the following year, had implemented further changes to the layout of the 18-hole course. By the time of the 1997 Open Championship the Course stretched to over 7000 yards.

Troon Golf Club was formed on the 16th March 1878, at a Meeting of enthusiasts, in the Portland Arms Hotel in Troon. The first Captain appointed was James Dickie who held office for four years. Dr. John Highet held the office of Honorary Secretary from 1878 until 1893.

Ladies had been playing golf over the Troon Course and in 1882 they decided to form a Club under the name of the “Ladies Troon Golf Club”.

At the first meeting, the Committee resolved to write to Troon Golf Club to ask for permission to use their links every day except on medal days. Dr. John Highet replied ” it was resolved that the Ladies’ Club be allowed the use of the Links for the remainder of the season.

In May 1882 it was agreed that the Ladies could have the Craigend hole on the men’s course and part of the neighbouring land for their exclusive use.

In 1886 the Ladies Links were extended and in 1889 Her Grace the Duchess of Portland became Patron of the Ladies Troon Golf Club. In 1890 a subscription list was opened to raise funds for a new Clubhouse. he new Clubhouse was opened in 1891 and in 1897 new plans to further develop the Ladies Clubhouse to the present day building was well advanced and the third Clubhouse was formally opened in 1898 and the Club was renamed “The Ladies Golf Club Troon”.

There are 2 Courses at Royal Troon

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Portland Course

 

 

The Portland Course, originally designed by the Troon professional William Fernie, winner of the Open Championship in 1883, was opened in 1895 and subsequently redesigned by Dr Alister MacKenzie in the early 1920’s. Although a links course, the Portland is a little more sheltered than the Old Course and, of course, shorter. The holes meander through terrain filled with gorse and broom and has a generous helping of Par 3s, five in all. This is tempered, however, with five Par 5s, four of which are on the back nine.

 

 

 

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Old course

 

 

One of the great links courses in Scotland, the Old Course is a challenging test of golfing ability. With the wind to contend with and deep rough interspersed with gorse and broom, accurate shot making is essential. Players should make their scores on the outward nine, as the prevailing north-westerly wind can make the back nine extremely difficult.

 

 

 

 

 

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Carnoustie Golf Links

The game of golf has been played in Carnoustie for well over four centuries. The first indication that the game was being played in the Angus town can be found in the Parish Records of 1560 when the game of golf was mentioned and there is every indication that the game has played an important part in the town’s life ever since.

 

Carnoustie’s first golfer might well have been a gentleman named Sir Robert Maule (1497-1560), a local landowner who was described as “a gentleman of comlie behaviour, of his stature, sanguine in colour both of hyd and haire,” and who was “given to leicherie” and other sports such as “hawking, hunting and the gawf.”

Unfortunately, nobody knows how proficient Maule was at “gawf” or, for that matter, “leicherie”. As with so many of the older Scottish golf towns, the history of Carnoustie is not well recorded. We do not know the exact site where Maule and his colleagues “exercise the gowf” in the 15th century but we do know that by 1839 the Carnoustie Golf Club had been formed, making it the oldest artisan club in the world.

Around that time, the Carnoustie course consisted of 10 holes, laid out by Allan Robertson, the greatest golfer of his time and the man generally acknowledged to be the first golf professional. Later, in 1867, Tom Morris Snr extended the course to 18 holes but it was not until 1926, when the great James Braid was brought in to oversee sweeping changes, that the course became ready to receive the Open Championship.

Since then, Carnoustie’s Championship course has become regarded as one of Britain’s finest, and most challenging, tests of golf. Occasionally, from time to time, the course was allowed to deteriorate but, under the watchful eye of now retired links Superintendent, John Philp, it has been restored and is now, not just a formidable challenge, but also one of the best-conditioned courses in the country as well.

Today, Carnoustie is visited by countless thousands of tourists, both from home and abroad. What they find is a course that is demanding but still eminently playable, provided the golfer hits the right shots at the right time. It is, in short, a wonderful test of golf, and one that compares with anything found elsewhere in the world.

There are 4 Golf Courses at Carnoustie 

 

 

 

 

The Nestie Course is a new six-hole junior course situated on the old first fairway of the Buddon Links and opened in May 2014. The Nestie is free for all to play, both members and non-members alike. Clubs are available from pro-shop staff in Carnoustie Golf Centre.

 

 

 

 

The newest of the three courses at Carnoustie originally designed by Peter Alliss and the late Dave Thomas the course was opened in 1979. Since then many changes have taken place including the most recent $1m investment in two new holes bringing the course up to a very testing par 68.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Burnside is often overshadowed by its illustrious neighbour but it oozes character and from the back tees is a splendid test of golf.

Many of the short holes would compare with any Championship Course anywhere with the 5th and 14th, in particular, providing dramatic challenges for the player who strives to gain his par 3. The finish is also strong with the 17th proving to be one of the hardest par 4’s that can be found anywhere in golf and many a score has been ruined by the out of bounds fence at the 18th. It was here in 1953 where the great Ben Hogan shot 70 to help him qualify for the Open Championship which he subsequently won.

 

 

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Championship Course

 

 

The Championship Course has hosted seven Open Championships, one Ladies Open and one Seniors Open making it one of the very few to have done so in the UK. It is one of the three courses used for the annual Dunhill Links, the others being Kingsbarns and the Old Course at St Andrews. The Open Championship will return to the Championship Course in 2018. Generally regarded as the toughest of the Open venues for those who understand the game a little more will know it is probably the fairest too. Without doubt, though Carnoustie Championship Course does have the toughest closing stretch of holes anywhere and those finishing the final four holes with no more than a bogey should be suitably content with their play.

 

 

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