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The Scottish Open is played in the Highlands at Castle Stuart Golf Links on the Moray coast. It is a splendid venue and there are so many other fantastic courses in the north.
Nearby Nairn has two championship golf courses to be proud of. The Nairn Golf Club was awarded ninth place in the definitive list of the Top 100 Courses in Scotland 2011. Nairn Dunbar is another excellent links course that has hosted many tournaments.
Staying with the Moray coast, the Old Course at Moray Golf Club in Lossiemouth was designed by ‘Old’ Tom Morris and features perhaps the finest finishing hole in Scotland. A few miles away, the course at Hopeman boasts The Prieshach, one of the most stunning par 3 holes in the country.
Venturing further north, Royal Dornoch is a links classic and Tom Watson is a fan. ‘The most fun I ever had on a golf course’, said the five-times Open Champion after a round there.
Brora is another links marvel and is the headquarters of the James Braid Golfing Society.
There are some great alternatives to links courses too. Spey Valley is a top inland venue near Aviemore with the Cairngorms Mountains forming a stunning backdrop. The same goes for Boat-of-Garten golf course which is also in the area.
For something a little bit different, play the 9-hole course at Durness on the north coast to experience the shot across the Atlantic on the final hole.