It’s at this time of year golfers throughout the UK are normally getting ready to fly to foreign shores for their annual golf holiday. However, due to the Global pandemic that may not be possible this year. So, why not take the chance to visit Scotland the perfect location for any golf trip, with courses that are rich in history and a unique atmosphere that can only be found in a country that is the home of golf.
If driving all the way to Scotland doesn’t appeal to you why not relax and take the train to Edinburgh and make use of car hire from Waverley train Station that will then give you access to numerous quality golf courses available to you.
Combine Your Golf Holiday with a City Break
Choosing Edinburgh as a base for your golf holiday will not only allow you to play some fantastic courses but also take advantage of everything else Edinburgh has to offer. After a hard day on the links you will be able to take advantage of some of the best restaurants and bars in Scotland. Basing yourself in Edinburgh also allows you the choice of a wide range of accommodation from luxury hotels to apartments.
When discussing golf in Scotland most conversations will invariably turn towards the iconic open venues such as Carnoustie, Troon, Turnberry and St Andrews. The real beauty of Scotland for a golf trip however is the number of hidden gems that can be found there. The pride the people of Scotland take in their golf courses mean that it is almost impossible to find one that is not in pristine condition.
Links Golf at its Finest
For many purists links golf is the one true test of a golfers ability due to the need to think outside the box and adapt to all manner of different conditions. For many people especially visitors from abroad there is no opportunity to play a links course near to home. If you want to test yourself on some of the finest links courses in the world then Scotland is undoubtedly the place for you. Sand Dunes, heavy rough and panoramic views over the ocean are standard fayre on most Scottish links courses, guaranteeing you a golfing experience you will never forget.
Walk in the Footsteps of your Golfing Heroes
While an amateur footballer will probably never get to play at Wembley the great thing about golf is that even lowly amateurs can play the same courses as the professionals. As alluded to earlier Scotland has some of the most famous courses in the world. So if you fancy teeing it up on the iconic postage stamp at Troon, replicating Tom Watsons second to a couple of feet on the last at Turnberry during the duel in the sun with Jack Nicklaus or having your photo taken on the Swilken Bridge Scotland is definitely the place for you.
Play the Oldest Golf Course in the World
The old links at Musselburgh has been officially recognised as the oldest golf course on the planet. This fact alone should place it on the bucket list of any avid golf fan. History books have it that golf was first played there in 1567 and six Scottish opens were played there between 1874 and 1889. Probably the most remarkable thing about the course is that it is largely situated within the track of Musselburgh race course. There is even a local rule allowing for a free drop for balls landing in a hoof print. This is old fashioned golf played on a terrain that has hardly changed at all over hundreds of years.
The things we have listed above are just a few of the many reasons why Scotland offers everything a golfer could want from a trip away.