Scotland is synonymous with golf, it was invented here and the world famous St Andrews is known as the home of golf. The British Open is held on the Old Course at St Andrews every 5 years and this venue has been used more than any other for the most prestigious trophy in the game. With so many courses to choose from, Fife and the East Coast give almost limitless opportunities to enjoy some of the best links golf in the world, and a large number of top quality parkland courses also.
Fife – The Home Of Golf
Head east from Glasgow and then north over the Forth Road Bridge where you can take time to admire the spectacular Forth Rail Bridge. Built in 1890 it was the worldâ€™s first major steel bridge and it is still regarded as one of the greatest engineering feats of all time. The bridge takes you over the Firth ofForth and into the Kingdom of Fife where your golf journey starts.
A short distance east along the coast from Dunfermline you will find Aberdour and Burntisland Golf Clubs. Aberdour is a lovely parkland course with testing holes and great views back towards Edinburgh. Burntisland is a little gem of a course. One of ten clubs established before 1800 it boasts amazing panoramic views and is a great mix of parkland and links holes.
Heading North along the picturesque coast you reach the town of Lundin Links which is home to a quite superb Open Championship qualifying course. A few miles further up the coast is the charming village of Elie which has another excellent links course to test yourself on.
Heading Further up the coast and round the peninsula you reach the Balcomie Links at Crail, two great links courses, side by side. The luxurious Kingsbarns and St Andrews Bay resorts are just a few miles further up the coast from here and offer superb facilities and stiff tests of golf. St Andrews itself needs no introduction and you can try your luck at getting in the ballot for a tee time on the Old Course. If that doesnâ€™t work then you can console yourself by playing one of the other courses such as the New Course, The Jubilee or The Dukes.
Heading north and over past Dundee you can reach Carnoustie where the 2007 British Open was staged. Inland and north from here you can find excellent parkland golf at Forfar Golf Club.
Ayrshire And The Southwest
Ayrshire and the southwest boast a great range and diversity of golf courses for all levels, from beginner to expert. The municipal courses in Ayrshire offer excellent links and parkland challenges at great prices. You can purchase a municipal golf pass which will allow you to try all these courses and alongside these you have a great choice of Championship courses.
From Glasgow head south and west along the M77 / A77 and the go west towards Irvine. Glasgow Gailes and Western Gailes, Irvine Bogside and Barassie are all a short distance apart and provide great seaside links golf.
Moving south along the coast take in Royal Troon the 2004 British Open venue and Prestwick which staged the first ever Open Championship in 1860. Also situated at Troon on the east side of the town are the excellent municipal courses of Lochgreen, Darley and Fullarton.
Further down the coast at Ayr there are excellent parkland challenges to be had playing the Seafield and Belleisle courses. Belleisle is recognised as being among Scotlandâ€™s best public courses after St Andrews and Carnoustie links.
Further down the coast from Ayr lies the magnificent Turnberry Hotel, home to the Open Championship Ailsa course and the equally challenging Kintyre. Head further south again and you can take in 18 holes at Girvan GC, another good links challenge.
These routes are only a couple of options for you to consider. There are so may beautiful sights and routes that it would be an impossible job to try and list them all. If you have any specific ideas or would like any help or guidance with planning your routes then we are happy to help. Please feel free to contact us.