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Golf in Scotland Brochure 2015
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Download the digital versions of our latest golf guides and start planning your perfect golf trips in Scotland

Golf at Gullane, East Lothian
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Watch this video and discover some of East Lothian's top golfing spots. Video by Gary Eunson.

Scotland truly is the Home of Golf and is where the ancient game took root. It has flourished on Scottish soil for centures and remains one of the country's greatest attractions. Where better to enjoy a golfing break but where it all began?

Golf originated on Scotland’s east coast - Aberdeenshire, the Kingdom of Fife, East Lothian - and in the south west around Prestwick. Clubhouses throughout Scotland are full of fascinating golf memorabilia recalling home grown legends like Old Tom Morris and James Braid, champion golfers turned course architects who were instrumental in making golf the great game that grips the world today.

Scotland is rightly renowned for its historic links courses with illustrious Open venues like the Old Course at St Andrews, Royal Troon, Muirfield, Carnoustie and Turnberry which never fail to inspire and amaze. Countless other courses are worth exploring too and the sheer quality of golf on offer in Scotland is unrivalled. Elegant Gleneagles boasts three championship courses including the PGA Centenary Course which is to host the Ryder Cup in 2014.

Royal Dornoch in the Highlands is another timeless classic, while beautiful Blairgowrie in Perthshire is where Greg Norman picked up his first European Tour title. Dalmahoy near Edinburgh has had the pleasure of staging the Solheim Cup.

The choice is huge, but wherever you decide to play, your Scottish golf break is certain to be memorable. Discover a great range of courses, as well as information about key Scottish players and the designers who have had such an impact on the game.

  • Looking across a green at Nairn Dunbar Golf Course, Highlands David J Whyte ©
    Nairn Dunbar Golf Course, Highlands David J Whyte ©
  • Nairn Golf Course, Highlands David J Whyte ©
    Nairn Golf Course, Highlands David J Whyte ©
  • Sam Torrance takes a break on the Castle Course in St Andrews, Fife
    Sam Torrance at the Castle Course in St Andrews, Fife
  • Golfers play Carnoustie Golf Links at dusk
    Carnoustie Golf Links
Looking over heather and gorse to a green with a golf hole and flag in it at Nairn Golf Club, Highlands

History of golf

Learn about the history of golf in Scotland from its origins, to the first Open Championship in 1860.

Carnoustie Golf Links

Course designers

Explore some of the finest golf courses in Scotland, which have been designed by Scots.

Stranraer Golf Club

James Braid

Learn about James Braid who was one of the most prolific golf course designers of his generation.

Sam Torrance takes a break at the Castle Course in St Andrews, Fife

Key Scottish players

Scotland has produced a number of world-class golfers, from Ryder Cup winning captains to winners of golf's major tournaments. Find out more about the players who have provided spectators with thrilling and entertaining moments in equal measure.

Muirfield, venue for the 2013 Open

Top 5 Open Championship moments

The Open Championship is one of the most exciting competitions on the golfing calendar. Discover just a few of the key iconic moments from this hugely popular competitions