Quite simply, Scotland is The Home of Golf.
The first record of golf in Scotland dates from the 15th century, in 1764 the Links at St Andrews (now known as the Old Course) was reduced from 22 holes to 18, creating the standard course format we still use today, and in 1860 the first Open Championship was held at Prestwick. This illustrious history is only strengthened by the footsteps of every great player having walked down the fairways of many of its courses.
Travelling golfers are obviously drawn to THE Old Course in St. Andrews. However, the town hosts a further ten courses and many more just outside its borders.
With over 500 courses in Scotland, there are a lot to choose from. Venture out into the regions of Aberdeenshire, Ayrshire, Carnoustie Country, East Lothian, Perthshire and The Highlands and you will find many of Scotland’s top courses with an impressive support cast of lesser well-known courses in their immediate vicinity.
With its history and so many quality golf courses within such a relatively small area, it is no surprise that Scotland remains at the top of the travelling golfer’s bucket list.