When you think of the Scottish Highlands, the first things that come to mind are kilts, malt whiskey and the excitement of the legendary Highland Games. For many, this land of majestic
mountains facing the fury of the North Sea simply represents what golf is all about, with world class links such as Royal Dornoch, Royal Aberdeen, and Cruden Bay.
Here in the highlands you’ll find scores of serene, un-crowded and demanding Scottish golf links that are set against scenery of incredible splendor. Highland courses, you’ll discover, have been shaped almost entirely by nature with only slight modifications coming from some of the most famous names in golf course architecture. Donald Ross was born in Dornoch and along with his younger brother Alec (who won the U.S. Open in 1907) learned the game playing here.
St. Andrews is simply the most revered area in the world when it comes to golf. That’s because this is where the game was born – right here in the Kingdom of Fife, at the renowned St. Andrews Old Course. Here on a peninsula that juts boldly into the North Sea
are links golf courses that have lured golfers for centuries, such as The Honorable Company of Edinburgh Golfers (Muirfield) and the noblest of them all, St. Andrews Old Course. Just 40 minutes north of St. Andrews is Carnoustie Golf Links, and an hour west the incomparable Gleneagles.
When one thinks of a golf tour of Scotland it is hard to imagine not including famed links such as St. Andrews Old, Muirfield, and Carnoustie. However don’t miss out on the fantastic links golf experiences at Kingsbarns Golf Links, North Berwick Golf Club, and Gullane No. 1, to name just a few.
The Ayshire Coast is home to the greatest concentration of courses to be found anywhere in Scotland. For miles and miles along the Clyde and Atlantic shoreline, courses link up with one another to create a panorama that is every golfer’s dream come true. Even Glasgow, the major city in the area, offers the traveler no less than 30 golf courses. Your options in this area are simply astounding to say the least. In Western Scotland you’ll find no shortage of British Open courses to test your game. From Old Prestwick Golf Club, site of the first British Open in 1860, to Royal Troon and its deep pot bunkers, to Turnberry, the scene of Tom Watson and Jack Nicklaus’ famous 1977 British Open battle won by Watson, and by many accounts, perhaps the greatest golfing duel in the history of the game. It is also at Turnberry where you’ll be soothed by the unmistakable sound of a bagpiper as the sun drops beyond the horizon – a magnificent end to any day in Scotland.