For golfers, Dumfries & Galloway is a natural choice. As well as affordability and beautiful surroundings, it has, perhaps more importantly, a superb array of golf venues ranging from championship links courses to parkland layouts. The region also offers the avid sportsman three intriguing golf trails to follow, each with different and unparalleled golfing experiences: the Tiger Trail, the Challenge Trail and the Little Gems Trail.
The first of the three trails, the Tiger Trail centres on the region’s premier courses which have exceptional and more robust layouts. You’ll find all the right ingredients in terms of length, quality, setting and character, allowing you to really test your game.
The acclaimed Southerness and Powfoot courses are just two of the many highlights on the trail. The former is set on a stunning stretch of the Solway Firth, where it has had the honour of hosting many of the sport’s leading tournaments. The course offers you the chance to experience one of the finest links golf courses in Scotland before you follow the trail round to nearby Powfoot, one of the many courses in Dumfries & Galloway designed and created by five-time Open champion, James Braid.
The second trail, the Challenge Trail, is a collection of memorable courses suited to the majority of golfers from designers such as Braid, as well as Willie Fernie and Ben Sayers. There is no shortage of quality here either with excellent courses like Wigtownshire County links course, which challenges low and high handicappers and boasts stunning views of Luce Bay, and Moffat, where you’ll have to up your game. Newton Stewart is one of the region’s hidden gems, a parkland course in the heart of the Galloway Hills. Lochmaben is another impressive parkland course where the 2nd hole takes you past the site of Robert the Bruce’s castle.
The Little Gems Trail focuses mostly on the region’s 9-hole courses which can offer up an hour or two of real golfing pleasure, ideal for both families and those who are short of time. Solway Links near Dalbeattie prides itself on being a family friendly venue and the courses at New Galloway and Gatehouse of Fleet are good fun and will keep you on your toes.
The visiting golfer can also discover much more in Dumfries & Galloway, with plenty of attractions to explore which reveal the connections to Scotland’s National Bard, Robert Burns, plus galleries and museums which illustrate the naturally inspiring landscape and the wildlife that roams in it.
Make sure you download our Dumfries & Galloway Golf guide to find out more.