Like many Scottish regions, Perthshire has had a strong association with the game of golf over the centuries. This beautiful region stands out from the others by giving players the chance to experience superb courses alongside spectacular scenery.
Perth’s South Inch is said to have been the location of the world’s first golf course, played by Scottish monarchs during the 14th century when the city served as the country’s capital. Today you can test your swing on the North Inch Golf Course, one of the oldest in the country, and enjoy a round of golf on this parkland course set against the picturesque backdrop of the ‘Fair City’ of Perth.
Perthshire’s foremost golfing destination is without a doubt Gleneagles, the only venue in the UK that can claim the distinction of having three championship courses. The sprawling PGA Centenary, the youngest of the trio, was designed by legendary player Jack Nicklaus, and is the venue of the 2014 Ryder Cup. It’s the first time in 40 years that the Ryder Cup has returned to the ‘Home of Golf’ and is expected to attract 45,000 spectators each day. The Queens Course offers its fair share of tricky moments whilst the classic Kings Course, laid out by celebrated golf course architect James Braid, has challenged the abilities of the world’s finest golfers. The Johnnie Walker Championship takes place at Gleneagles from 22 - 25 August.
A five-time winner of the Open Championship, Braid designed a further four of Perthshire’s impressive courses including Alyth, Rosemount at Blairgowrie, Ferntower at Crieff, and Taymouth Castle at Kenmore (which is currently closed for major redevelopment work), all of which embrace the natural contours of the landscape.
Be sure to seek out some of the region’s lesser-known gems such as St Fillans golf course on Loch Earn, a favourite of Open and Masters Champion Sandy Lyle, and Killin Golf Club, the 9th hole of which has been described as one of the most breathtaking in Scotland. You may enjoy the King James VI course, a relaxing 18-hole tree-lined course in the middle of the River Tay only accessible via a walkway on the railway bridge.
The courses of Comrie and Muthill are also fantastic choices for those seeking a gentle round of golf over nine holes.
Get the most out of Perthshire's fantastic selection of golf courses by picking up the Perthshire Green Card which offers three or five rounds of golf at 17 excellent 18-hole venues as well as discounted admission to some of the region’s finest distilleries.
The Perthshire Highlands Golf Ticket can be used at 12 of the region’s 9-hole village courses, all of which offer stunning scenery and are located within easy reach of one another and discounted entry to the distilleries.
Make sure you order the Perthshire golf guide to find out more.