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Golf in Scotland

It’s time for this week’s travel blog in association with ClubstoHire.com. After last weeks tour of Belek – Turkey, we shift the focus a bit closer to home. The home of golf, our northerly neighbors, Scotland is fully equipped by Clubs to Hire with brand new TaylorMade M4 and Callaway Rogue sets.

The Home of Golf has a reputation for world-renowned golf destinations. From Carnoustie, the venue for the 147th British Open to Gleneagles (host venue of the 2014 Ryder Cup), to the slightly lesser-known Thurso Golf Club (the most northerly Scottish mainland course) to St. Medan (the most Southern of Scottish mainland golf destinations), Scotland really is a golfer’s dream.

Scotland as a Tourist Destination

Scotland really is a unique place to visit. With similarities to home, you have to look a little deeper to see what it is that makes the Scots unique. The love of whiskey, kilts, and ceilidhs just looks like a badly spelled version of our own culture, but with both our lands strewn with Celtic influences this has to be expected. Scottish Tartan, Bagpipes, the Loch Ness Monster and the Thistle are just a few of elements of Scotish culture that make the Scotts unique and while visiting Scotland a tour or an explanation is never far away.

Eilean Donan Castle
Eilean Donan Castle

From the Highlands to the north and northwest the to the Lowlands in the south and southeast, and throughout the islands along the western coast – castles and distilleries are scattered across the country and are open to tours and sampling.

The weather in Scotland is usually an off-putting element when choosing Scotland as a holiday destination. However, with the British Isles experiencing the nicest summer in nearly 40 years, 2018 might just be the perfect time to head that way on a golfing trip.

Highland Castle
Highland Castle

 Scottish Golf – The home of this beautiful game

The golfing possibilities in Scotland are truly spectacular. Even with my Irish bias I still dream of courses like St. Andrew’s, Loch Lomond, Turnberry and Royal Dornach just to name a few. So let’s take a look at just a few of the courses that we feel have to be included on your bucket list.

Loch Lomond Golf Club

Loch Lomond is renowned as one of the most beautiful golf courses in the world. The course hugs the banks of the stunning Scottish loch and offers a truly unique parkland challenge with spectacular views of wild mountainous backdrops set alongside magnificent views of the loch.

Designed by Tom Weiskopf and Jay Morrish and opened in 1993, Loch Lomond has consistently ranked the best inland course in Great Britain.

Loch Lomand 17th
Loch Lomond Golf Club’s 17th Green

Castle Stuart Golf Links

History and diversity make Scottish golf courses famous throughout the world. As Turnberry is to Ayrshire and Gleneagles is to Perthshire, Castle Stuart has been conceived to be for the Highlands, a beacon reaching out to golfers throughout the world. The centerpiece for this Scottish destination golf resort is Castle Stuart Golf Links, a championship links course overlooking the Moray Firth and well-known landmarks that are synonymous with Inverness and the Black Isle – Kessock Bridge and Chanonry Lighthouse perhaps the most notable.

Aerial View of Castle Stuart Golf Links
Aerial View of Castle Stuart Golf Links

Kingsbarns Golf Links

Kingsbarns Golf Links is situated 7 miles from St Andrews along 1.8 miles of picturesque North Sea coastline, where each hole embraces the sea. In addition to enjoying the course which is frequently included in the Worldwide Top 100 ranked courses, the lifelong memories of comfort, friendly and attentive service complete your “Kingsbarns Experience”.

Co-host of the annual European Tour’s Alfred Dunhill Links Championship together with the Old Course at St Andrews and Carnoustie Golf Links and in 2017 The Ricoh Women’s British Open was contested at Kingsbarns.

3rd & 4th holes at Kingsbarnes
3rd & 4th holes at Kingsbarns

These are only just a few golfing options that are available in Scotland but if we included all the picturesque and excellent options for golfing in Caledonia we would still be writing this in 2020. Scotland truly does have to be seen to be believed in terms of golf, nature, cities, nightlife, and culture so a trip to the bonny land is certainly recommended.

If you or your group needs any information on a trip to Scotland, please email joe@irishgolfnoticeboard.ie

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