Why Choose Scotland For Your Golf Vacation?

Following six centuries since the conception of golf in Scotland, this small but exquisite country in the UK is now widely recognized as “The Home of Golf” and boasts some of Europe’s most exclusive golf courses. In fact, the country is home to over 550 golf courses, with smaller golf courses for beginners and pitch-and-putt for families, as well as intricate courses for more experienced players and professionals. Thanks to its importance in the world of golf, Scotland hosts a number of important golf tournaments, such as The Scottish Open, the Scottish Senior Open and the Dunhill Links. There is surely no finer place in the world to play golf than the country of its conception!

Golf courses

The golf courses in Scotland offer wonderful variety and courses to challenge even the most skilled players, as well as courses where you can comfortably and confidently learn to play. Many courses also offer breathtaking scenery and there are parkland courses, ancient heathland courses, courses with a cliff-top layout and island courses with coastal views, as well as championship-standard links. St Andrews Links offer some exceptional and iconic courses but there are plenty of other greens to choose from, such as those in Speyside, which is famed for its malt whisky. If you are thinking about a golf vacation in Scotland but are unsure of which courses to visit, let us plan you trip for you – we can suggest the best courses to suit your needs!

A place to hone your skills

If you’re already an experienced golfer then you will surely love some of the more challenging courses on offer in Scotland, where you can follow in the footsteps of the golfing legends by playing on the same Scottish golf courses as them. We recommend the Old Course at St Andrews Links, which is 6721 yards (par 72) and one of the most iconic golf courses in the world. Here you’ll also find a number of other golf courses, including the Castle Course, which opened in 2008 and offers a memorable golfing experience thanks to its cliff-top position, and the Strathtyrum Course, which was designed to test putting skills.

Fun for families

Scotland is a wonderful place for families as children will be intrigued by the country’s fascinating history and you can easily incorporate day trips and tours into your golfing vacation. Favorites include trips to visit Loch Ness, the Highlands and the beautiful Scottish islands. Many Scottish golf resorts also have luxurious spas to relax in, as well as activities for children.

Scotland is also the perfect place to learn to play golf if you have children that are interested in taking up the game. We thoroughly recommend courses like Solway Links in the heart of Dumfries & Galloway, or the Brucefields Family Golf Centre near Stirling for families. There is also a 12-hole pitch and putt course at Turnberry’s, which is popular with competitors in The Open as they can play there casually with their children (note that the Trump Turnberry Resort is closed until June 2016). St Andrews Links also offers the Balgove Course, which features nine holes (par 30) and is the perfect practice ground for a beginner or casual family day out.

Scotch whisky

There is another draw to Scotland aside from the professional golf courses, luxury hotels and tranquil natural scenery, and that’s the Scotch whisky! Around Scotland there are more than 100 distilleries that specialize in malt whisky and it’s not a problem to incorporate a whisky-tasting tour into your golf vacation. If you want to find out more about Scotch, you can read our recent blog. We also offer vacations dedicated to whisky.

It’s not all about the golf

The wonderful thing about Scotland is its diversity and, in addition to golf, there are plenty of day trips and activities that you enjoy on your vacation, such as overnight trips to London or other UK cities, tours of the Highlands or Scottish islands, or a visit to Loch Ness where you can discover the secrets of the Loch Ness Monster! There are also beautiful and historic cities to discover, such as Edinburgh, Inverness and Stirling, and you can also enjoy a day of shopping in Glasgow. In addition, you can enjoy hiking and cycling tours in the countryside, bagpipers, street performers and festivals, castles, palaces and pretty National Parks.

If you are thinking about a vacation in Scotland, for golf or otherwise, and you would like us to put together a personalized vacation package for you, contact a member of our team on 1-347-594-5500 or click here to send an online inquiry.

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