Royal and Ancient St Andrews Old Course
St Andrews is unquestionably the birthplace of the modern game. The town's famous Old Course, the oldest continuous golfing field in existence, has been in action since at least 1457 when the game was banned from its common ground by King James II.
North Berwick Golf Club
a Club steeped in tradition dating from 1832, providing generous hospitality and a testing golf challenge. The course is a traditional links, which like St Andrews, starts and finishes at the clubhouse within the town, having wound its way along the Firth of Forth. there are stunning views over white sandy beaches, islands and across to the hills of the East Neuk of Fife.
he Machrihanish golf course is a superbly presented 18 hole links golf course following the natural contours of the dunes running parallel to the atlantic and Machrihanish bay.
The opening hole presents one of the greatest views in golf followed by a further 17 well manicured and challenging holes of true links golf featuring numerous hazards including well presented bunkers, and undulating greens.
Dornoch Golf Club was formed in 1877, became Royal in 1906 courtesy of King Edward VII, and has always been operated as a private members club. However, since the very beginning, the members and the people of Dornoch have realised the joy that their course gives to golfers and the value of the tourism to the area so have welcomed visitors ever since the first ball was struck.
Castle Stuart Golf Club
Castle Stuart has been conceived to be for the Highlands - a beacon reaching out to golfers throughout the world.
Come and experience 'The Rumple'.
Cruden Bay is situated on the east coast of Scotland 23 miles north of Aberdeen and 8 miles south of Peterhead.
It is claimed that golf was played in the village of Cruden Bay as early as 1791. The original course, on the present site, was commissioned by the Great North of Scotland Railway (GNSR) following the expansion of the railways at the end of the 19th century, designed by Old Tom Morris of St Andrews, and opened in 1899.
Opening in 2000 to unprecedented levels of international acclaim, Kingsbarns is a remarkable links achievement that stretches along one and a half miles of Fife coastline just outside St Andrews. Covered in a sublime dune scape and with outlooks across the North Sea from every hole, the site appears ideal for golf, yet the virgin land here was devoid of any natural feature, clay based and mostly unsuitable for the game.
Golf on this particular property actually dates back as far as the 1790's when the Kingsbarns Golfing Society was formed, though the land had been used as agricultural ground ever since the Second World War.
In Scotland, true links golf courses are not created, they are born of the land. More than 130 years ago, Old Tom Morris recognized the potential for great golf here in this rugged, romantic corner of Scotland, saying: âThe Almichty Maun hae had gowf in his eâe when he made this place.â
And now, with the mighty Atlantic providing a dramatic backdrop, todayâs golfers can enjoy the game as it was meant to be played.
This par-70, 7,211-yard championship course is one of golf's storied places. 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 golf course follows a classical pattern of two out-and-back loops of nine holes.
All 18 holes thread their way engagingly through the dunes, rising to find views of the sea and coastline, plunging into secluded valleys, offering a sequence of superlative topography, landscape, alternating spaciousness and enclosure, panoramic views, a rich texture of vegetation and wildlife habitats surrounding the golf holes.
Each hole will have 5 separate tees catering for all classes of golfer. Bunkers will be placed to challenge the stronger player and not unduly punish the weaker golfer.
Self led Tours
There are so many great links courses in Scotland, and quite a to know about where to stay and how to get about.
At The Travelling Golfer, we can tailor a trip to meet the needs of your group.
You tell us how many courses you want to play, how you would prefer to move about and your budget, and we will design a trip specifically for you.
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