5 Great Golf Spots in Scotland
The world’s 100 greatest golf courses for 2016 – 2017 have been announced!
We were thrilled to see so many Scottish golf courses make the cut with the Royal Dornoch making its way to 5th in the whole world! If you are a keen participator of the sport you will know these courses well, but if not take a look at these 5 and their ranking in the world’s top 100.
Royal Dornoch, Dornoch, Sutherland, Highlands (ranked 5th in the world)
“Herbert Warren Wind called it the most natural course in the world. Tom Watson called it the most fun he’d had playing golf. Donald Ross called it his home, having been born in the village where he learned the game on the links. Tucked in an arc of dunes along the North Sea shoreline, Dornoch’s greens sit mostly on plateaus and don’t really favour bounce-and-run golf. That’s the challenge – hitting those greens in a Dornoch wind.” Golf Digest 2016
A wee hoose close by… Estuary View is a lovely conversion made from two traditional fisherman’s cottages. It is in a prime location in Sutherland – sandy beaches, small villages, country walks and sightseeing all on your doorstep. This house is but a 25 minute drive away from the Royal Dornoch course. Sleeping 8 this is a fantastic base for your golfing holiday, the house even comes with a set of clubs! Property code: N822
St.Andrews, Fife, Central Scotland The Old Course (ranked 8th in the world)
“The Old Course at St. Andrews is ground zero for all golf architecture. Every course designed since has either been in response to one or more of its features, or in reaction against it. Architects either favour the Old Course’s blind shots or detest them, either embrace St. Andrews’s enormous greens or consider them a waste of turf.” Golf Digest
Come back to a cosy cottage….Garden Cottage can offer your group of 5 a comfortable place to rest the feet after a day of golfing on this course. Tucked away in the nature surrounded Kinloss Estate, you will be in the perfect location for walking, boat trips and bird watching. Located near St Andrews, a quick car trip will get you to the greens of this famous course within 20 minutes. Property code: A781
Muirfield, East Lothian (ranked 9th in the world )
“Muirfield is universally admired as a low-key, straightforward links with fairways seemingly containing a million traffic bumps. Except for a blind tee shot on the 11th, every shot is visible and well-defined. Greens are the correct size to fit the expected iron of approach. The routing changes direction on every hole to pose different wind conditions.“ Golf Digest
A magnificent manor nearby… The Old Manor is a wonderful big holiday house sitting above Coldingham beach, a perfect spot for coastal walks. It is a beautifully designed house with large windows, modern touches and stylish and luxurious furnishings. Although a 50 minute drive to this golf course, the comfortable rewards at the end of the day make it worth it. You could spend a week here golfing and exploring the area. Property code: A1029
Trump Turnberry Resort, Ailsa Course, Ayrshire (ranked 22nd in the world)
“A legendary links ravaged by WWII, it was re-established to its present quality by architect Philip Mackenzie Ross, who tore away concrete landing strips to create a dramatic back nine and built a set of varied greens, some receptive, others not so much. After its recent purchase by Donald Trump, Martin Ebert is busy making notable changes, creating a new par-3 sixth, converting the old par-4 9th into a new par 3, turning the 10th and 14th into par 5s and the 17th into a long par 4. The revamped course reopens in June 2016.” Golf Digest
A cottage for a golfing pair… The Smithy is the perfect little cottage for two couples, or a group of four friends to use as a base. Fishing, riding, shooting and hill walking are all possible within close vicinity, and days out to this golf course are possible with a car. Having been recently modernised you are promised cosy comfortable self-catering accommodation all on one level, and to top it off a lovely large garden to enjoy long summer evenings after a day of being on your feet. Property code: A842
Machrihanish, Campbeltown, Argyll (ranked 91th in the world)
“To reach Machrihanish, Old Tom Morris needed a train, a steamboat and a long carriage ride. Visitors today have to resort to much the same mode, so remote is Machrihanish, on the southern end of Scotland’s Kintyre Peninsula. It’s a journey rewarded, from the opening tee shot, which the bold will carry over a beach and Atlantic tide on the left, to the remainder of the links in some of the most rugged dunes known to golf.” Golf Digest
A lavish mansion for the whole team… Rothmar East is a fantastic house with views over Machrihanish golf course itself! It is obviously the perfect location for a group of golfers to come and have a leisurely week of playing amongst other activities. Being so close to rivers, lochs, hills, forests and beaches there are endless opportunities to get out and explore. The house is stylish and moderns and also boasts a ¾ acre private garden! Property code: A985
Just seeing those lovely photos makes us want to get out in the sun this summer and try a spot of golf. Being located near a course, but also in reach of other amenities is the perfect set up for those groups with mixed interests. Everyone can be kept happy this way. Let us know if you are interested in any of these properties for your holiday in Scotland, we will be happy to hear from you.
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