Scotland is the home of golf. The game has flourished in Scotland for six centuries and remains one of the country’s key attractions. And that is reflected in the reputation of its courses. Even people who don’t know much about golf have heard of St Andrews and Gleneagles.
The Old Course at St Andrews is one of the most famous golf courses in the world and the one that every golfer wants to play at least once. The Swilcan Bridge and Hell Bunker are recognised across the globe, yet the greatest feature of the Old Course is that despite its status, it remains a public golf course, open to all.
In Gleaneagles, as well as the challenge of the King's, the charms of the Queen's or the nine hole Wee Course, there is now the PGA Centenary Course designed by Jack Nicklaus.
Golf is at the very heart of Gleneagles – golfers come back for its stunning views, the challenges along the way or to tread the same turf as golfing legends.
In a remote corner of Sutherland, lies a golf course which many people know by reputation only - Royal Dornoch GolfClub. Remoteness is part of its charm and it has something of a cult following, particularly in the United States.
Royal Troon lies at the southern end of the beautiful stretch of Ayrshire coastline where golf was played long before the Troon Golf Club was founded in 1878. The Club became Royal in its centenary year of 1978 and was the last of the royal clubs to be so honoured.
Prestwick Golf Club in Ayrshire holds a special place in golfing history books as it was the venue for the first-ever Open Championship in 1860. It last staged an Open in 1925 but golfers love Prestwick and its often unique test of golf. The first tee sits beside Prestwick Stationand the railway line runs down the right-hand side of the opening hole.
Scotland and golf. Golf and Scotland. The two are intertwined and there is no finer place for a golfing break than the country that gave golf to the world.