The Scottish Borders perhaps doesn’t have the same volume of high-profile courses as other parts of the country, but it combines friendly locals, wonderful scenery, terrific value for money, and a brilliant collection of places to play for a truly memorable visit.
Eyemouth is not to be missed. Its sixth hole, which plays across a deep gully down to the lashing waves below, is one of the most photographed holes in Scottish golf and was once voted ‘Britain’s Most Extraordinary Golf Hole’. Meanwhile, the 13th (the so-called ‘Hawkness Monster’) measures over 600 yards from the back tees and is one of the longest holes in the country.
For those with a taste for history, Hawick has the oldest golf club in the Scottish Borders, which dates back to 1877. The course itself is of high quality and, due to its high elevation, offers some lovely views of the surrounding countryside.
Into Kelso, you’ll find The Roxburghe. Owned by the Duke and Duchess of Roxburghe, it was the Borders’ first championship course. The former home of the Scottish Seniors Open, it is a great test with wonderful surroundings. The deep bunkers and large rolling greens, incidentally, are a hallmark of its designer, Dave Thomas.
Another Thomas-designed course is Cardrona, near Peebles. Its greens are regarded as among the best in the region.
With glorious, historic courses, hidden gems and breathtaking scenery, this part of Scotland has it all.