Scotland’s Best Par 3s 

6th Apr, 2021 by The Caddie

As the birthplace of the game, Scotland has some of the finest par-3s in the world and we wanted to share our top 10. 

10. Muirfield – 13th hole 

The scene of Ernie Els’ sublime escape from a pot bunker en-route to his first Open victory in 2002, the 13th is arguably the best hole at Muirfield. Par always feels like a birdie. 

Muirfield breaks

9. Dumbarnie Links – 8th hole 

One of the newest par-3 in the country, the eighth at Dumbarnie Links in Fife enjoys the most magnificent backdrop, with glorious views across the Firth of Forth. 

Dumbarnie breaks

8. Machrihanish Dunes – 5th hole 

A simply magnificent hole, the par-3 fifth at Machrihanish Dunes – originally the 14th – has a green framed by beautiful dunes with sumptuous views towards the islands of Gigha, Islay and Jura. 

Machrihanish Dunes breaks

7. Royal Aberdeen – 8th hole 

As the club’s website says: “Nine bunkers surround the green like dragon’s teeth and the only way home is straight down its throat.” 

Royal Aberdeen breaks

6. Carnoustie – 16th hole 

This long par-3 starts of arguably the toughest closing stretch of holes in Scotland. Thread your tee shot through the devilish bunkers to the narrow green and you’re laughing. 

Carnoustie breaks

5. St Andrews (Castle) – 17th hole 

Be sure to take your photos before you strike your shot – you may not be smiling afterwards. A magnificent penultimate hole over the corner of the cliff edge

St. Andrews Links – Castle Course breaks

4. St Andrews (Old) – 11th hole 

They say you shouldn’t even bother going at the flag. Instead, aim between the two greenside bunkers (‘Hill’ and ‘Strath’) and hope that your ball somehow finds the putting surface.  

3. Turnberry (Ailsa) – 9th hole 

A formerly forgettable par-4, the hole has been transformed into a stunning par-3 which plays directly across a bay towards the iconic Turnberry Lighthouse. 

Turnberry – Ailsa breaks

2. Kingsbarns – 15th hole 

Perhaps the most photographed hole on this links, the par-3 15th is easy on the eye but potentially ruinous on the card with a narrow green that extends out into the North Sea. 

Kingsbarns breaks

1. Royal Troon Old Course – 8th hole 

Arguably the most iconic par-3 in the world, the ‘Postage Stamp’ at Royal Troon is proof that more yardage does not increase difficulty. 

Royal Troon Old Course breaks


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