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Best Golf Courses in Scotland

Updated on April 4, 2020

Here's a look at the best golf courses to play in Scotland, from the Old Course at St. Andrews, to the famous Ailsa course at Turnberry.

Turnberry (Ailsa)

Set in the south west of Scotland, Turnberry is best known as the scene of the famous 'Duel in the Sun', where Tom Watson defeated Jack Nicklaus to win the 1977 Open Championship. With glorious views of the Ayrshire coastline, and Arran and Ailsa Craig as a stunning backdrop, it is a must for any golfer visiting Scotland.



Muirfield is a classic links course which is often regarded as the fairest test of all the Open Championship venues. The layout is unusual for its era, arranged as two loops of nine holes, one going clockwise, and one anti-clockwise. Jack Nicklaus described it as 'the best course in Britain' and won his first Open here in 1966.

St. Andrews (Old Course)

The Old Course at St. Andrews is perhaps the most famous in the world. Steeped in history and tradition, it is known as the 'Home of Golf'. The Swilcan Bridge on the 1st and 18th holes is iconic, over 700 years old. Featuring 112 bunkers and many double-greens, it is an unforgettable experience for any golfer.


Royal Dornoch

Royal Dornoch is not as well known as its counterparts. It is set in a beautiful part of the Scottish highlands, wild and isolated, alongside a rugged coastline. Dunes, ridges, undulating links land - this course has it all and is one of the finest examples of links golf courses there is.


Situated in Angus, in the north east Scotland, Carnoustie is considered as one of the toughest courses in the world. It is well known for the 1999 Open Championship, where Frenchman Jean van de Velde famously lost the tournament on the final hole. It is a brilliant test of golf and lives up to it's 'car-nasty' nickname!


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