Best Golf Courses in Scotland

27 January 2017

When you discover Scotland’s word renowned golf courses it will be easy to see why golf aficionados regard Scotland as the ultimate holiday destination. Every year enthusiasts return to the top golf courses in Scotland to enjoy their unparalleled scenery and challenging greens!

Make the most of your golfing holiday with LHH Scotland’s guide to the best courses in Scotland:


Gleneagles Golf Hotel

Nestled amidst the sprawling Perthshire countryside is the world famous Gleneagles golf hotel; host to the 2014 Ryder Cup this September. At the luxury 5 star hotel and spa’s Open Championship courses, you can follow in the footsteps of legends such as James Braid and Jack Nicklaus. These stunningly scenic courses offer challenges for players of all abilities from novices to professionals.

The PGA Centenary Course created by Jack Nicklaus, will be the setting of this year’s Ryder Cup, the 3rd largest sporting event in the world. If you haven’t booked your Ryder Cup accommodation yet, LHH Scotland still has a variety of boutique holiday homes in Perthshire that are available during the tournament. Why not visit the picturesque Ash Cottage or Mill Cottage in Killin where you can easily reach Killin’s own golf course as well as Glen Gleneagles.


Cruden Bay Golf Club

This exciting course in Aberdeenshire demands both power and judgment if you want to conquer the hilltop peeks, deep valleys and blind tee shots. The Cruden Bay course is ideal for golfers who are looking for a challenge; world renowned golfer Pete Dye once described the location as “outsized, non-conformist, unpredictable and flamboyant.” Although the rugged, hilly terrain may be daunting, it’s also what makes Cruden Bay one of the best golf courses in Scotland. As you travel around the course, you can enjoy some of the best sweeping panoramic views of the Aberdeenshire coast and the Donmouth Local Nature Reserve.


Turnberry Golf Club

Discover the iconic Turnberry course home to the fully functional lighthouse that’s now a symbol of golf in Scotland. This world-renowned course is where the infamous “Duel in the Sun” match between Tom Watson and Jack Nicklaus played out in 1977. Turnberry’s numerous bunkers, small lakes and high fescue grass is enough to challenge most golfers but it’s the “Turnberry” hole, the longest hole in an Open Championship course, which will really put your skills to test.


Royal Troon Golf Club

The prestigious Royal Troon Golf Club is home to two exceptional golf courses, the Old Course and the Portland Course. Both of these courses benefit from challenging holes and, spectacular views of both Arran and the Ayrshire cost. Look out for the 123-yard 8th hole of the Old Course known as the “Postage Stamp”, the shortest and one the most difficult holes in Open Championship history.


The St Andrew’s Links

Visit the Open Championship courses at The St Andrews Links to find out why this idyllic town in Fife is known as the home of golf! Since it opened in the 1400’s, The St Andrews Links has been the go-to destination for golfers in Scotland. Today the club hosts an impressive 7 golf courses, each with their own unique challenges and character. Don’t miss the club’s newest addition, the Castle Course to enjoy stunning views of St Andrews from the course’s cliff-top location. If you want to experience The St Andrews Links for yourself, Balfour House in the heart of the town is the ideal base for a relaxing golfing break.


Muirfield Golf Club

Travel outside of Scotland’s historic capital city of Edinburgh to enjoy the scenic Muirfield Open Championship golf course in East Lothian. This costal course offers challenging shots and stunning panoramic views of the Lothian coast. Muirfield’s dedication to excellence is what makes it one of the best golf courses in Scotland. Recently, alterations were made to ensure that the course remained challenging to the top professional golfers before the 2014 Open Championship.

If you want to experience Muirfield for yourself, Denfind House is within walking distance of this popular course. This self-catering holiday home is ideal for golfers, as well as having 6 other golf courses 30 minutes from your doorstep, there is also space to charge 6 golf buggies.


Gullane Golf Club

Discover the Gullane Golf Club, one of Scotland’s most prestigious clubs and host to the 2015 Scottish Open. When you visit the club, you can choose from three courses laid out on the sweeping East Lothian coast line. Don’t miss the stunningly scenic Course No. 1, voted the 5th Most Picturesque Golf Spot in the world on the PGA Website. If you’re planning to visit Gullane Golf Club, why not stay in St Peter's House? This stunning renovated church is just a short walk from Gullane.


Whether you’re looking for accommodation for the Ryder Cup or, you’re planning to visit one of Scotland’s other best golf courses, LHH Scotland has a fantastic range of self-catering holiday homes that are just minutes away from spectacularly scenic courses. Visit LHH Scotland to start planning your golfing break today.


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