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 a fun and convenient way to experience all the country has to offer. Allowing you flexibility and independence to explore Scotland's golf, helping you get under the skin of our rich golfing heritage and the sport itself, as well as it being a great way to save some money too. Planning your own DIY trip also gives you the choice to book golf breaks in the UK last minute - nothing like a spontaneous trip away!
Check out these golfing trails on the Scotland Where Golf Began website
PRACTICAL ADVICE AROUND GOLF BREAKS IN SCOTLAND
Although Scotland isn't the biggest country in the world, it's worth knowing what is and what isn't possible for your golf holiday. Find our practical advice for driving distances, best time to visit, availability and prices below:
- 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, Dundee & Angus and St Andrews pair very well; or East Lothian and the Scottish Borders is another good match. Dumfries & Galloway with Ayrshire & Arran or Glasgow & Clyde Valley also works well together, although driving distances are slightly greater than other pairings.
- 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 tee time availability in advance, especially if you're looking to play golf in Scotland between April and October, or year-round on some of the busiest championship courses. However, each course will vary, and some will be happy for you to turn up and play on the day.
- Remember to always check with each course and accommodation provider what their cancellation policy is, in case of a delay or a cancellation.
- Golfing in Scotland can be as luxurious or budget-friendly as you choose to make it. The green fees are typically a lot cheaper in the spring or autumn, or to manage the cost of your trip, you could pick up one of the many great value golf passes available to visiting golfers, or consider golfing in Scotland outside of the peak spring and summer seasons.