There has never been a better time to enjoy a golf break in Scotland, the true home of the game. Choose from a great range of money-saving passes, offers and tours to ensure you get the best from your tee-ing off time in Scotland.

Golf passes

Playing golf in Scotland is always a memorable experience and it'll be even sweeter knowing that you've made big savings on the cost of your round. Make the most of your Scottish golf break by snapping up one these great-value golf passes.

Offers

As well as fantastic courses, wonderful golf resorts and some of the best '19th holes' anywhere, you'll find a great variety of enticing special offers in Scotland.

Many courses offer great-value deals that cut the cost of playing a round. Specific offers vary depending on the course but often include reduced visitor green fees, season ticket upgrades, off-peak fees or group discounts.

You'll also find great-value deals on a range of overnight accommodation-with-golf packages. These are available at major golf resorts as well as serviced and self-catering accommodation within easy reach of some of Scotland's most interesting courses.

Tours

One of the best ways to experience and enjoy playing golf in Scotland is as part of an organised golf tour.

Tour packages are available to suit all budgets and playing abilities and can include everything from airport transfers and accommodation, to reserved tee-times and daily golf tuition in the hands of a Scottish PGA Professional.

Some operators provide set tours and itineraries but many others are happy to discuss your golf holiday requirements and prepare a bespoke golf package tailored to suit you.

And of course, however you do it, every tour includes all the very best that Scotland offers including breathtaking scenery, rich culture, heritage and traditions, whiskies and so much more.

Golf breaks in Scotland

A golf break in Scotland is hard to beat. It's the dream of many a golfer to play a few rounds of golf in Scotland and that dream can easily become reality. No matter how long you are visiting for or what your abilities and budget are, there is a Scottish golf break waiting for you.

Types of golf breaks in Scotland

Whether you want to travel with fellow golfers on an all-inclusive golf vacation package or prefer to take charge and travel independently on a DIY self-drive golf tour with complete control over your itinerary, in Scotland you can do both. You can even combine the two - consult an expert on your itinerary but book everything yourself!

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Five reasons why you should choose Scotland for golf holiday:

Carnoustie Golf Links sunset

1. History

There is no finer place for a golf break than the country that gave golf to the world. The game has flourished here for six centuries. Many of our courses were designed by legendary figures like James Baird (pictured above), 'Old' Tom Morris and Jack Nicklaus, we hosted the first international golf match, and we've given the world some of the most successful Ryder Cup players ever.

2. Unparalleled links courses

Links courses are the ultimate test of a golfer's skills. There probably isn't a golfer who doesn't dream of playing on a Scottish links - the oldest style of golf course, first developed in Scotland. Did you know that in Scotland roughly one in five golf courses in Scotland is a links course?

3. World-class courses

While names like Troon, Turnberry, Muirfield, St Andrews, Gleneagles and Carnoustie will be enough to set most golfing hearts aflutter, we also have other, equally prestigious courses like Kingsbarns, Castle Stuart, Royal Aberdeen, Royal Dornoch, Gullane, Dalmahoy, North Berwick or Monifieth, to name just a few, which offer equally amazing golfing.

4. Prestigious events

If you enjoy watching golf, The Open is staged in Scotland at least every two years; other key golf tournaments that take place include the Johnnie Walker Championship and the Dunhill Links among many others.

5. East, affordibility and a warm welcome

Most clubs and courses, including the high-end ones, have a pay-and-play policy and no membership is required. Even the most sought-after golf course in the world - the Old Course in St Andrews - permits public access, not to mention the hundreds of other excellent courses and great value golf passes available. If you're short for time, many of Scotland's golf resorts are easily accessible from Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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 try to remember that the goal of your trip should be to 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 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

Roxburghe Golf Club

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

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.

It might sound like a cliché, but a golf vacation in Scotland really is a bucket list experience for many. It's not just the prestige of playing in The Home of Golf, and not just the chance to tee off on some of the world's most revered courses, but the opportunity to put your golfing prowess to the test in the same conditions faced by the sport's greatest players. Throw in world-class tournaments, luxurious accommodation options, fine-dining and fantastic off-the-course entertainment options and you're looking at the ultimate golfing destination.

Why choose an all-inclusive package deal?

An all-inclusive deal is a no-fuss golf package vacation where all your accommodation, ground transportation, drinks and meals are pre-paid, and tee times are pre-booked to suit your preferences on great local courses. Simply turn up and leave the planning and booking in the capable hands of the experts!

Why book with a tour operator?

Hook up with a specialist golf tour operator and choose from a range of offers and deals to create the golf vacation of your dreams.

  • Draw on their extensive local knowledge and key contacts in all the right places;
  • Save time by having an experienced professional research your break for you;
  • Book tee times at courses which are usually oversubscribed such as the Old Course, Muirfield and Royal Troon;
  • Cater for all kinds of budgets - from organising helicopter transfers in between venues and  luxury coach transfers to creating itineraries for those on a tighter budget including self-drive options;
  • Provide peace of mind - should anything go wrong, they will help you resolve any problem.

A good place to start is www.sigtoa.com which is an association of golf tour operators based in Scotland. Remember - often you'll be protected if you've booked through a tour operator in the case of cancellation or postponement of your trip, but it's advisable to always check what guarantees and insurance policies are in place when booking.

Accommodation options

Mar Hall interior

From five-star luxury living to on-site golf accommodation or a quaint little B&B, we have plenty of accommodation options to suit every taste and budget.

Things to see and do beyond the fairways

Even if golf is the reason for you to visit Scotland, that doesn't mean that this should be the only thing you do during your stay. Put golf clubs down for an afternoon or two and explore what Scotland has to offer away from the golf courses.

Edinburgh Castle Salisbury Crags dusk

Why not venture out into the great Scottish outdoors, sample a bit of culture in any of the fascinating museums and galleries in the country's seven cities or catch a bit of live sport or music? Take in an event, immerse yourself in our fantastic nightlife and enjoy some delicious local produce in any of our many fabulous restaurants. Discover our castles, tour whisky distilleries, and treat yourself to some retail therapy and spa therapies. Scotland has more than enough to keep you entertained throughout your visit.

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