We get it. Deciding where to play golf in Scotland can be overwhelming. The temptation to drive all over the country ticking off every possible course can be big, but you can easily maximise the time on the course and minimise your time on the road.
Why choose a DIY self-drive golf break?
Choose where to play, where to stay, how to travel, how much to spend and what to do all day. Organising your own golf break in Scotland is really a fun and immersive experience if you're into research and logistics, and it helps you get under the skin of Scotland's rich golfing heritage and the sport itself as well as is a great way to save some money.
Practical advice on driving, distances, times and prices
The Roxburghe Golf Club, Scottish Borders
Scotland isn't the biggest country in the world, but it's good to know what is and what isn't possible in terms of driving distances and times.
- Identify a 'hub' in a particular region from where you can travel to a number of other wonderful courses with ease. It's easy to visit two to three regions on a week-long golf break, e.g. the Highlands and Aberdeenshire or Perthshire and Dundee & Angus pair very well; St Andrews and East Lothian or the Scottish Borders is another good match; as is Dumfries & Galloway with Ayrshire & Arran or Glasgow & Clyde Valley.
- The Scottish golf season starts at the beginning of April and runs through October, with April and May being usually the driest months and offering the best value, along with September.
- It's worth checking the availability in advance, especially in the main season and on some of the busiest championship courses. However, there are courses where you can just turn up without a prior arrangement.
- Remember to always check with each course and accommodation provider what their cancellation policy is in case of a delay or a cancellation.
- The affordability of a golf break in Scotland is greater than you might think. The green fees are typically a lot cheaper in the spring or autumn, but you can also pick up one of the many great value golf passes available to visiting golfers.
Scotland's golfing regions
Boat of Garten Golf Club, Highlands
There is hardly a town in Scotland that doesn't have its own course, but you might be interested to learn that the highest concentration of courses are around Glasgow (94 courses) and Edinburgh (67 courses), while the other regions have about 40 courses each. In short, you're never far from a game of golf.