Golf Courses Scotland - The Famous and Finest
The Old Course, St Andrews
The ancient and historical links land in St Andrews that forms the famous Old Course Links is the unaltered ground on which it has been played by famous golfers for well over 600 years. Ever changing sea breezes produce a superb Course which rarely plays the same way on two consecutive days. With wide fairways and seven double greens it is still unique in world golf today. It requires a level head and sensible mins, patience, and responds to respect and shot making, rather than solely power.
Kingsbarns Championship Golf Links
Kingsbarns Championship Golf Links Topograhy creates an amphitheatre effect. Embracing nearly 2 miles of the North Sea coastline with majestic views of the surf and craggy shoreline and only 7 miles (20 mins) from St Andrews. These ancient beaches are well known for fossil hunting.
The Kingsbarns couse of today was created in 2000 by Mark Parsinnen and Kyle Phillips, although the original Kingsbarns Golfing Society was formed in 1983.
Kingsbarns is in the top 100 and often considered my visitors to be the best of their tour. Kingsbarns hosts the Dunhill Links Championship each year along with St Andrews Old Course and Carnoustie Championship Course.
Carnoustie, known as the Toughest Course in Championship Golf is the destination of thousands of tourists and golfers every year. Golf at Carnoustie dates back to at least the 1520's. The setting and backdrop have seen many dramatic Openings with golf legends such as Tommy Armour, Henry Cotton, Ben Hogan and Gary Player. Many famous golfers from the area emigrated around the world and in doing so they spread that name of Carnoustie (thought to be Norse for words Car noust translating into Rocking Bay). The course has at times been ranked top 3 in the world. It also has the nick name of being ~Carnastie~.
Gleneagles, Kings Course
"If heaven is as good as this, I sure hope they have some tee times left", Lee Trevino said of the Kings Course at Gleneagles. There are few more dramatic and wonderfully picturesque places in Scotland to play than this, with its' pristine and beautifully manicured fairways framed by Scottish heather, gorse, firs, pines, silver birch and, of course, the dramatic moorland with the rolling hills of Glendevon all around. Although the Gleneagles PGA hosted the 2014 Ryder Cup the Kings still remains a firm favourite with Golfers around the globe.
Formed way back in 1877, Royal Dornoch has been a Royal Club for well over 100 years! It's timeless setting makes Royal Dornoch such a pleasant place to stay and play golf. The course is consistently rated in the top 20 of the world's top 100 courses and has received numerous top awards from around the world. Royal Dornoch boasts a tremendous golf course with an atmosphere about it that cannot be described. The views of Dornoch Beach are stunning and the quaint little town boasts Dornoch Castle Hotel where you can stay and enjoy a wee dram or two in the award winning Malt Whisky Bar.
Madonna loved Dornoch so much that she married Guy Ritchie in Dornoch Cathedral.
Castle Stuart Golf Links is a classic Highland links golf course with traditional bunkering, superb fast and true running greens and stunning views of the Moray Firth Estuary towards the Chanonry Lighthouse which is situated on the peninsula of another highland great called Fortrose and Rosemarkie Golf Course. In 2013 American cult hero Phil Mickelson chose to make the trip across the pond to play this wonderful links in the Scottish Open before competing in the British Open at Muirfield - it proved to be a very worthwhile decision as he went on to successfully win both events!
Recently Cruden Bay, located just north of Aberdeen has been overshadowed by its north east neighbours Trump International Links and Royal Aberdeen just down the coast at Balgownie, but even so it is without a doubt a magnificently laid out links course in a superb setting with towering sand dunes dominating the early play and holes. Set against a backdrop of Slains Castle which was the inspiration of the Dracula film Bram Stoker.
The immaculately kept contoured greens along with the magnificent panoramic sea views truly justifies it's consistent positioning in the world Top 100 ranking.
Always regarded as one of the finest courses in the world, the Turnberry Ailsa Links came to worldwide prominence with the very famous "duel in the sun" between 2 of the best golfers that ever played the game, Jack Nicklaus and Tom Watson, over the four days of the 1977 British Open Championship. It was that weekend, in uninterrupted brilliant Scottish sunshine, that a capacity crowd in South Ayrshire were treated to a simply exhilarating display of golf. A current upgrade to the Course and Luxury Hotel means that the Turnberry Golf and Resort will stay amongst the top golfing venues in the world for years to come.
Some say this is perhaps the best links course in Scotland if not further afield. The Old Course at Troon is a challenging test for all golfers abilities from the average club player right up to the Tour Pro. The course is without doubt most famous for it's short par 3 which is the 8th hole and called the Postage Stamp due to it's small and well guarded green, where veteran multi Majors winner Gene Sarazen got down in 1 and 2 on subsequent rounds of the 1973 Open Championship - a dramatic display watched by millions on television around the glob. The Open Championship in 2016 will be showcased again around the world from the wonderful Ayrshire coast and without doubt golfers will be flocking back to play it in 2017.