Outdoors

James Braid Golf Courses

As well as being one of the leading golfers of his generation - and winning the prestigious Open Championship an impressive five times - James Braid's lasting legacy lives on in the magnificent golf courses that he designed and remodelled. There are over 200 of them spread out across the British Isles (plus one in the USA) so there are plenty to choose from!

From the dog-leg angles of his courses to his use of the tricky pot bunker, Braid's courses remain as testing and as fun to play as when he first designed them. Discover some of his fantastic Scottish courses on this six day itinerary around the country.

Transport

Days

6

Miles

311

Route

From Irvine in Ayrshire to Nairn in the Highlands

Highlights

Historic courses, championship courses, coastal links courses

Areas Covered

South, East and North

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Day 1

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Irvine

Spend your first day in the beautiful seaside setting of Irvine with a round on Irvine Golf Course. This stunning links course offers views out across to the rugged peaks of the Isle of Arran and is warmed by the Gulf Stream, so you can enjoy year round links golf.
Irvine Golf Club

Irvine Golf Course

Day 2

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Kirknewton

Travel to the east coast on your second day and book a tee time at the Dalmahoy Country Club, just outside Edinburgh, which features two 18-hole golf courses. Both courses were designed by James Braid to contrast and offer different challenges to each other. Take in views of the surrounding woodlands, streams and the Pentland Hills during your round. You could even play both courses in one day!
Dalmahoy Golf Course, Edinburgh

Dalmahoy Golf Course

James Braid designed both the East and West courses at Dalmahoy, creating two 18-hole courses with undulating greens and bunkers to test even the most experienced golfer. The East course has previously hosted the Solheim Cup.

West - 18 hole
             5,168 yds
             Par 68

East - 18 hole
            7,475 yds
            Par 72

Other James Braid courses in Edinburgh and the Lothians include: Royal Musselburgh Golf Course, Mortonhall Golf Club, Ratho Park Golf Course, Royal Burgess Golf Course and Bruntsfield Links Golf Course.

Day 3

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Lower Largo

Cross the magnificent Forth Road Bridge and into the Kingdom of Fife on your third day and play a round on Lundin Golf Links at Lower Largo, just 20 minutes from St Andrews. The course was founded by 'Old' Tom Morris in 1868 and extensively remodelled by James Braid in 1909. Enjoy beautiful views of the Firth of Forth on this testing links course.
The Forth bridge, South Queensferry

Lundin Golf Links

Day 4

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Carnoustie

Travel over to Dundee across the Tay Bridge on your fourth day and play a round on the Championship Course at Carnoustie Golf Links in Angus. Although the course wasn't designed from scratch by James Braid, it was his expert remodelling in 1926 that brought it up to Open Championship standard.

Carnoustie Golf Links, Angus

Carnoustie Golf Links

Day 5

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Gleneagles

Day five takes you into the heartlands of Perthshire and the stunning golf resort at Gleneagles. This world-famous golf resort hosted the Ryder Cup in 2014 and is home to the beautiful James Braid-designed King's and Queen's Courses and the testing PGA Centenary course.

1st hole of the PGA Centenary golf course at Gleneagles, Perthshire

Gleneagles

The Queen's and King's Courses were opened in 1917 and 1919 respectively and offer enchanting views of the surrounding Perthshire countryside. If time (and budget!) allow why not play both and pick your favourite?

Queen's - 18 hole
                   5,965 yds
                   Par 70

King's - 18 hole
                6,471 yds
                Par 73

Other James Braid courses in Perthshire include: Crieff Golf Club,
Taymouth Castle Golf Course, Comrie Golf Club,The Blairgowrie Golf Club and Alyth Golf Club.

Day 6

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Day 6 - Nairn

On the final day of your James Braid itinerary enjoy the majestic drive through The Highlands to Nairn Golf Club, passing through the Cairngorms National Park on route. Nestled beside the Moray Firth this testing links course will be the perfect end to your tour.

Nairn Golf Club

Summary

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