A Visit to the Home of Golf

golf travel golf trip planning Mar 28, 2023
A Visit to the Home of Golf

Scotland is a country that is steeped in history, culture, and tradition. It is also home to some of the most spectacular golf courses in the world. If you’re planning a golf trip to Scotland, it can be overwhelming to decide where to play golf. Here is a list of courses that can all be completed in a single trip:

Trump International Golf Links - Aberdeen: Located in Aberdeenshire, Trump Aberdeen is a world-class course that is situated along the North Sea. The course was designed by Martin Hawtree, and it is renowned for its challenging links-style play. The course is 18 holes and is set on a 2,000-acre estate that features dunes, sand traps, and stunning views of the ocean. 

KingsBarns: KingsBarns is a world-renowned course that is situated in Fife. The course was designed by Kyle Phillips, and it has hosted some of the world's most prestigious golf tournaments. The course is 18 holes and is set on a stunning coastline that overlooks the North Sea. The course is approximately 45 minutes from Edinburgh Airport, and it is considered one of the most challenging courses in Scotland.

St Andrews: The Home of Golf. St Andrews has 7 courses: The Old Course, The New Course, Castle Course, Eden Course, Jubilee Course, Strathtyrum Course, and Balgove course. The Old Course has hosted some of the most prestigious golf tournaments in the world, including The Open Championship. St Andrews is approximately 90 minutes from Edinburgh Airport.

Crail Golfing Society: Crail is a hidden gem situated in the town of Crail in Fife. With two courses, Balcomie Links and Craighead Links, Crail has some of the most picturesque courses in Scotland. Crail is approximately 90 minutes from Edinburgh Airport.

When planning a golf trip to Scotland, it is important to consider the best time to play. The golf season in Scotland typically runs from April to October, with July and August being the busiest months. The weather in Scotland can be unpredictable, so it’s important to bring appropriate clothing and equipment for all weather conditions. No matter what month you go, you need to be prepared for sun, rain, and wind.

If you’re planning to play golf in Scotland, it’s best to fly into Edinburgh Airport. St Andrews is about a 1 hour and 30 min drive from the airport and is a great central location to stay. St Andrews has several hotels, Airbnb’s, restaurants, and bars. The courses mentioned above are all located within driving distance of each other, with Aberdeen being the furthest. The best way to get around Scotland is by car, and there are several car rental companies available at the airports. Another fantastic option is to hire a driver for your trip. This way your group can enjoy everyday without the added stress of driving.

Outside of golf, there are several activities to do. Sightseeing in Scotland is incredible, with Edinburgh Castle, Loch Ness, and the Scottish Highlands a short drive away. There are also a number of distilleries and historical landmarks worth taking a visit. Not to mention, the Scotch in Scotland is incredible. After a long day, be sure to unwind at a local pub!

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