Golf, Scotland


(Above image is a capture of a group of golfers at St Andrews.)

Tonight, I am reporting on Scotland's historic links with the sport of golf.

Golf originated in Scotland during the 15th century, if not earlier. St. Andrews Old Course is the most famous golf course in the world followed by many other historic Scottish courses which are included in the listing below.

Glasgow and S.W. Scotland (including Ayrshire and Dumfries & Galloway).
  • Belleisle and Seafield (two courses). Near Ayr.
  • Barassie Links (near Troon).
  • Carrick on Loch Lomond. Championship level facilities in conjunction with luxury hotel, Cameron House.
  • Lanark. A Moorland course.
  • Loch Lomond. Prestigious course at Luss on banks of Loch Lomond.
  • Portpatrick Dunskey. Located 100 miles south of Glasgow. One 18 hole course and one 9 hole course. A mix of moorland and heath terrain, close to the west coast.
  • Prestwick, south of Glasgow. An Open Championship links course.
  • Royal Troon. A Championship links course.
  • Southerness, Dumfries & Galloway, about 93 miles south of Glasgow. A Championship links course.
  • Trump Turnberry. Championship links with the 'Ailsa' regarded as the more famous of the two courses at this site.
  •  Western Gailes, Irvine. A renowned links course.

Fife and Eastern Scotland
  • Carnoustie Links. A Championship course.
  • Crail. Two links courses:Balcomie and Craighead.
  • Downfield. An inland course near Dundee.
  • Edzell. A heathland/parkland course between Dundee and Aberdeen.
  • Elie. A links course on the Fife Coast.
  • Kingsbarns. A links course ranking within the world's top 100.
  • Ladybank, near Cupar. A heathland course.
  • Lundin Links. A links course just 13 miles south of St. Andrews.
  • Monifieth, near Dundee. Two links courses.
  • Montrose, between Dundee and Aberdeen. Two links courses.
  • Scotscraig, near Dundee.An Open final qualifying course. Terrain is links, heathland mixture.
  • St. Andrews Links. Seven courses: Old Course, Castle Course, New Course, Jubilee Course, Eden Course, Strathtyrum Course and Balgove Course. The golfing world's premier destination.
Teeing off at St Andrews
  
Central Scotland
  • Blairgowrie. Three Championship courses.
  • Gleneagles. Three Championship courses.
  •  Perth, North Inch. An inland course with history dating back about 500 years.
  • Pitlochry. A not-too challenging 18 hole, inland course.
 
North-East Scotland 
  • Cruden Bay. A Championship links course.
  • Duff House Royal, Banff. A Parkland course.
  • Royal Aberdeen. The Balgownie Course is an 18 hole links course.
  • Trump International, Balmedie, Aberdeen. A new 18 hole links course.

Highlands
  • Brora (Championship links)
  • Carnegie Club (Private Members), near Dornoch. Championship Links Course.
  • Castle Stuart. A Championship links course near Inverness.
  •  Durness. A popular nine hole course.
  • Fortrose & Rosemarkie. 18 hole Championship links course north of Inverness.
  • Grantown-on-Spey. Parkland setting, about 35 miles S.E. of Inverness.
  • Moray Golf Club. Two links courses at Lossiemouth, east of Inverness.
  • Nairn. A Championship links course, east of Inverness.
  •  Royal Dornoch. A Championship links course.
Edinburgh & Environs
  • Bruntsfield Links (Open qualifying).
  • Dunbar. A Championship links course
  • Gullane. A private members club with three links courses.
  • Muirfield. A prestigious, Open Championship links course. Located at Gullane.
  • Musselburgh. A Championship course in parkland location.
  • North Berwick. A Championship links course.
Islands
  • Machrie Bay. A nine-hole course on west coast of Isle of Arran
  • Shiskine, Isle of Arran. A 12 hole links course. 


Kintyre (West of Scotland)
  • Machrihanish, near Campbeltown. An 18 hole Championship links course.
Scottish Borders
  • The Roxburgh, near Kelso. A Championship inland course.

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