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The Best Golf Courses in Scotland

The Best Golf Courses in Scotland

Scotland is the home of golf so it is hardly surprising that some of the best golf courses in the world are located in this part of northern Britain. Many of the Scottish courses appear on the Open Championship rota, as they are so good. They provide tricky challenges for especially American golfers who are accustomed to wide open fairways and huge greens. Here are some of the best courses that exist in Scotland.

Balgownie Links

The Royal Aberdeen Golf Club is home to the Balgownie Links which is one of the very best links courses in the British Isles. Many golfers rate the opening nine holes at Balgownie as the best in Scotland, with its plethora of humps and bumps to try and get through. The back nine is on the east coast facing the wild and unpredictable North Sea. The backdrop of dunesand spectacular sea views, enhances the golfers enjoyment of highly competitive golf holes.

Turnberry Resort

One of the most famous golf courses in Scotland has to be Turnberry, and it has played host to many championships. Part of the Turnberry Resort is The Ailsa Course which is over a century old. This grand old course regularly appears in top twenty golf courses lists, which is why Donald Trump decided to buy it, and then upgrade it.

Castle Stuart Golf Links

This course has played host to the Scottish Championships no less than four times since 2011. And it was voted by Golf Magazine as the best new course in 2009. The design of Castle Stuart Golf Links is superb, with each hole blending in perfectly with the surrounding rugged landscape. And the views of the countryside around Inverness are sublime.

Royal Dornoch

The Royal Dornoch Championship Course is one of the very best golf courses in the world. Top American golfer, Tom Watson once said that playing Royal Dornoch was one of the most fun times he had had ever playing golf. There are many people that consider Royal Dornoch the best golf course to have never held an Open Championship.

St Andrews

The Old Courseat St. Andrews must be one of the most famous golf courses in the world. This place oozes golfing history, and it was first established as a golfing entity way back in 1552. All the top golfers in the world have played the magical Old Course and the names of some of the holes are among the most famous in the world.


The Championship Course at Carnoustie Golf Club has held The Openeight times. And over its rich golfing history some of the most memorable moments in golf have occurred at this prestigious venue. Who can possibly forget 1999, and the tragic demise of Frenchman Jean Van de Velde, when he had a meltdown on the 72nd hole. This classic links course provides all the difficulties and problems that golf is famous for in Scotland. And epitomizes what links golf is all about, taking on the terrain and the weather.