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Ardeer Golf Club, Ayrshire

Par 72
Yardage 6400
Architect Hamilton Stutt
Course Photos
Signature Hole

Dog leg hole with a burn running alongside you – the 9th hole at Ardeer will stay in your emmory for a while. Especially if you hit a birdie and stay out of the burn!

Claim to Fame

The 4th oldest course in Ayrshire after Troon and Prestwick and Prestwick St Nicholas.

Top Tip

The 5th hole which is a monster par 5 will challenge you early in your round. Don’t let it intimidate you – out of bounds runs all the way up the right hand side, so play conservatively and live to fight another day.

Description

A balanced parkland course with stunning views over the Clyde estuary. The tee shots are fair and straightforward, a few blind approach shots but the greens are challenging. The course is in pristine condition – especially the greens. Plenty of changes in elevation mean very appealing approach shots to the green. This is a very friendly course and we’re sure you’ll enjoy a warm welcome.

Brunston Castle GC, Girvan

Par 71
Yardage 6,550
Architect Donald Steel
Course Photos
Signature Hole

The third is a par 4 with a river that runs the entire length of the hole - from tee to green on the right hand side. It's a challenge - but we like the challenge

Claim to Fame

Donald Steel redesigned the Eden and Jubilee courses at St Andrews

Top Tip

This is a fairly challenging course with a number of undulations, pace yourself.

Description

A beautiful Ayrshire course that is spilt by the wonderful 'Water of Girvan' river which runs through the course. Surrounded by the Carrick Hills this course has a variety of challenges. Bunkers, rivers, ponds, contoured greens and changes in elevation. We love this course. Always in great condition, this is a course that will challenge you but also give you opportunity to score well.

Macdonald Cardrona, Borders

Par 72
Yardage 6,555
Architect Dave Thomas
Course Photos
Signature Hole

7th - While the sixth is a fantastic driving hole, the seventh is probably the course's highlight. Requiring an accurate drive with trees on the right and bunkers to the left, the approach shot is even more of a challenge on this 402-yard par-4 to find an elevated, well-protected green.

Claim to Fame

The exclusive village of Cardrona was the first new community development in the Scottish Borders since the 18th century.

Top Tip

Be very careful on the par-5 sixth hole as slightly wayward drives have the habit of finding their way into the nearby burn.

Description

Built on a delightful piece of land, where the valley meets the River Tweed, the 18-hole Championship Course at the Macdonald Cardrona Hotel Golf & Country Club is as fantastic as it is formidable. It is just over ten-years-old, having opened to the public in 2001, and it is characterised by several large bunkers and gently undulating, tricky greens. Accuracy over length is, without question, the principle requirement for scoring well on it. One of the finest resort courses that Scotland has to offer,Cardrona is a perfect place to go.

Crieff GC, Perthshire

Par 71
Yardage 6,493
Architect Old Tom Morris
Course Photos
Signature Hole

8th – Named ‘The Dryton’, this short, 313-yard par-4 has the potential to cause a number of problems. The fairway is generous but, up near the green, it narrows significantly with bunkers front-right, front-left and at the back of the small green. Don’t underestimate it by any means.

Claim to Fame

The club's courses stretch over the restorative grounds of the Hydro, the grand Victorian Spa, which opened in 1856.Since the mid 19th century, visitors seeking refuge from Edinburgh and Glasgow have assembled on Crieff's rugged Highland line.

Top Tip

If you’re slightly wayward off the tee, the Ferntower Course could be ideal for you. Visitors are always impressed by the open nature of the course and the merciful rough.

Description

Crieff Golf Club is widely regarded as one of the best inland places to play in Scotland. It is surrounded by beautiful countryside, right in the heart of Perthshire and, despite being only an hour from Glasgow and Edinburgh, it provides a feeling of escapism as well as spectacular views. Built on gently sloping parkland, once the grounds of Ferntower House, the Ferntower Course – the senior of the two layouts – combines stunning views of the Strathearn Valley with a superb test of golf.

Deer Park GC, Edinburgh

Par 72
Yardage 6,193
Architect Dave Thomas & Peter Alliss
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Signature Hole

8th - It may be the longest hole on the course but it also offers the greatest chance of a birdie. A good drive and solid second shot carrying the fairway bunker and there's a chance of making the green in two.

Claim to Fame

Deer Park is home to the prestigious annual Deer Park Masters, one of the most successful events on the PGA in Scotland's Tartan Tour.

Top Tip

On the closing hole, take the 3-wood out for accuracy to avoid the trees on the left. Take out your driver and you're asking for trouble.

Description

One of the top golf courses in the Lothians, Deer Park was established as recently as 1978 but has now reached full maturity. A friendly club situated between Glasgow and Edinburgh, it has a tree-lined front nine with water hazards and well-positioned bunkers, while the back nine is played over more challenging and undulating terrain.

Dougalston, Glasgow

Par 71
Yardage 5,708
Architect Commander Harris
Course Photos
Signature Hole

18th - What better way to finish your round than a stunning par-3? That's what awaits here at Dougalston - but it isn't all plain sailing, with water on the far right and bunkers on both sides of the green.

Claim to Fame

The former Esporta Golf Course has a country club setting which is set within the heart of 300 acres of beautiful woodland.

Top Tip

The first requires a tee shot over a large pond. If you're feeling brave, lash one over the trees and you could give yourself an eagle chance.

Description

Dougalston offers the ultimate golfing challenge just a ten-minute drive from Glasgow. The par-71 course, which is of championship standard, was designed by Commander Harris in 1975 and is set in the heart of 300 acres of beautiful woodland. He made excellent use of the natural woodland to create mature tree-lined fairways, while incorporating water features on several holes to give them considerable beauty. Great holes and greens await, and there's plenty of wildlife to enjoy, too.

Dunkeld & Birnam GC, Perthshire

Par 69
Yardage 5,511
Architect Old Tom Morris
Course Photos
Signature Hole

17th – There are many contenders for the signature hole at Dunkeld & Birnam but we’ve opted for the penulatimate hole. It’s an amazing 190-yard uphill par-3, where you must be accurate to find the small green. It’s also usually played into the wind.

Claim to Fame

Its spectacular location sitting high above the town of Dunkeld has, quite deservedly, earned it the reputation of being one of the most picturesque courses in Perthshire.

Top Tip

You need to keep your wits about you here as there are elevation changes and blind shots, while it also becomes incredibly challenging when the wind picks up.

Description

Situated in Highland Perthshire, Dunkeld & Birnam dates back to the late 19th century and was designed by the great Old Tom Morris. It’s a layout packed with charm and personality, not to mention more than enough to keep even the most accomplished golfer thinking and working hard right until the end of the round.

Eastwood GC, Renfrewshire

Par 70
Yardage 6,071
Architect Theodore Moone
Course Photos
Signature Hole

11th – This picturesque par-3 can play very long into the prevailing wind. A tee shot towards the right-hand side of the green will not only avoid the hazard on the left but should also get a bounce into the centre of the green, which is one of the trickiest greens on the course.

Claim to Fame

A major exhibition match was held to commemorate the opening of the new course in 1938 when Henry Cotton, the reigning Open champion, played a round with Eastwood pro George Templeton and Walker Cup player Gordon Peters. A gallery of 3,000 turn up to watch!

Top Tip

On the sixth hole, make sure you open your shoulders. The longest hole on the course requires a long, straight drive. There is trouble on both sides and a long carry to the flat part of the fairway.

Description

A moorland golf course just off the M77 around ten minutes from Glasgow city centre, Eastwood is a traditional members club with a reputation for friendliness. Since its redevelopment and reopening in 2003, it has gained a reputation as a quality, interesting, and challenging course. Set in open countryside with stunning views, it boasts all USGA spec greens and tees, allows for year-round golf.

Kelso Golf Club, Borders

Par 71
Yardage 6,000
Architect Ben Sayers, James Braid
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Signature Hole

That's easy... the 15th a lovely par 3 to an elevated green is considered to be the finest short hole in the whole of the borders.

Claim to Fame

The course was originally designed by golf pioneer Ben Sayers (who had some of his clubs when they started playing!) and remodeled by architect guru James Braid.

Top Tip

There's a big difference between the yellow and white tees - choose wisely!

Description

A flat parkland course, Kelso is easy to walk. Near to Kelso racecourse, the course is extremely well maintained and probably has the best greens in the borders. A very friendly club, you will not be tested too much if you are a high handicapper but a few challenging holes will keep you single figure guys and gals interested. Plenty of two tiered greens, so keep your wits about you on your approach shots.

Kilsyth Lennox GC, Glasgow

Par 71
Yardage 6,222
Architect Rocky Roquemore
Course Photos
Signature Hole

7th – The par-4 seventh hole is one of the course’s toughest holes, measuring 437 yards. Its fairway is very narrow with trees at either side and a couple of bunkers waiting to swallow up tee shots, while a water hazard runs all the way down the left side.

Claim to Fame

The course has the acclaim of being the only one in Scotland to have the unique feature of two dry stone bridges, the most recent of which was completed in 2014.

Top Tip

Make the most of Kilsyth Lennox’ excellent practice facilities before your round.It has a dedicated putting area, chipping and putting facilities adjacent to our first tee and a practice area which incorporates fairway approach areas, greenside bunkers, championship-size putting green, and a pitching zone.

Description

The elevated location of Kilsyth Lennox, in the heart of the North Lanarkshire countryside between Glasgow and Stirling, provides a host of stunning viewpoints: from Goat Fell on the Isle of Arran in the west to the Forth Bridges in the east. Over the years, a number of changes have been made, most recently in 2002 under the watchful eye of architect Rocky Roquemore.

Kintore GC, Aberdeenshre

Par 70
Yardage 6,126
Architect
Course Photos
Signature Hole

1st – Your skills will be put to the test from the word go at Kintore with a tough opening hole. It’s a par-3 that measures 226 yards from the white tees and, from the yellows, it still stretches to more than 200 yards.

Claim to Fame

The course, originally nine holes, was owned by a local landowner and leased through the existing Burgh Council. The original driver used by J.E. Sutherland MP on September 10, 1911 to open the club, is displayed in the clubhouse.

Top Tip

Accuracy is the name of the game here. That’s because the course, which is a mixture of picturesque parkland and tree-lined holes, is criss-crossed by burns, putting course management at the top of attributes required to succeed.

Description

The spectacular course at Kintore covers a large area of ground from the Don basin, overlooked by the clubhouse, to mature woodland at the far perimeter. It’s not too long, measuring 6,126 yards from the medal tees. As well as a fine test of golf, players will also enjoy brilliant views over the River Don, stretching to Bennachie in the Grampian Hills.

Macdonald Linden Hall, Northumberland

Par 72
Yardage 6,117
Architect Jonathan Gaunt
Course Photos
Signature Hole

13th - While there are some quite memorable par-3s at Linden Hall, the signature hole has to be this real risk-and-reward par-5. Measuring 556 yards, it includes a double dogleg and tests your game to its limits.

Claim to Fame

The only English course in this year's sub offer, it offers panoramic views of the Cheviots, Coquet Island and the Northumberland coastline.

Top Tip

With water coming into play on nine of the holes, it's safe to say that accuracy and positioning is absolutely vital on this course.

Description

Fancy crossing the border for one of your rounds of golf? Just a half hour drive from the Scottish border, a round at Macdonald Linden Hall Golf & Country Club will be one you won't forget. The 18-hole championship course is one of the best tests of golf that Northumberland has to offer. Spread across a large private estate near Morpeth, it is distinguished by wide, undulating, USGA specification greens. If you negotiate the many water and sand hazards, you will put yourself in prime position to post an impressive score.

McDonald GC, Aberdeenshire

Par 70
Yardage 5,942
Architect Stewart Burns
Course Photos
Signature Hole

8th – The meandering stream is particularly prevalent on the eighth hole, where it crosses the middle of the fairway. It means that club selection off the tee is absolutely pivotal in order for your ball to stay dry.

Claim to Fame

McDonald Golf Club is named after its benefactor James McDonald who, in 1926, gifted the old woodlands to the people of the town.

Top Tip

While the course may measure less than 6,000 yards, the tree-lined fairways mean that it’s accuracy – more so than brute length – that is the key attribute to scoring well here.

Description

Located near Ellon in the heart of the Aberdeenshire countryside, McDonald Golf Club is a scenic 18-hole course that winds its way through this magnificent forest with its stately trees and beautiful rhododendron bushes, while a stream twists and turns across the course and features on almost every hole. The tree-lined fairways put a high premium on accuracy – none more so than on the closing two holes, which dogleg through narrow gaps.

Murrayshall Lynedoch, Perthshire

Par 69
Yardage 5,278
Architect Hamilton J. Stutt
Course Photos
Signature Hole

15th – The tee box at the 15th hole is the highest point on the golf course, where the green is 90 feet below the tee. The narrow fairway is guarded by a bracken-filled gully to the left and woodland to the right, both a real risk and reward opportunity as the green is in reach of a ‘straight’ drive with a fairway wood.

Claim to Fame

Murrayshall nestles within 350 acres of beautiful, rolling countryside and, located just five minutes from Scotland’s ancient capital, Perth,is unquestionably one of Scotland’s finest golf resorts.

Top Tip

Murrayshall has a 41-bedroom hotel on-site and with activities to enjoy such as falconry, archery, fishing and not forgetting the longer Murrayshall Course, there’s an opportunity to enjoy a relaxed weekend away in the Perthshire countryside.

Description

The Lynedoch Course is an enjoyable test that features a number of spectacular holes. It opened in the millennium and provides a different test to the Murrayshall Course, consisting of a mixture of woodland and upper heathland terrain. With vistas over the River Tay, the Kingdom of Fife and the Grampian Mountains you definitely feel you’re in the heart of Scotland.

Pitreavie GC, Dunfermline

Par 70
Yardage 5,781
Architect Dr Alister MacKenzie
Course Photos
Signature Hole

The 13th hole is lovely with a green surrounded by big mature oak trees.

Claim to Fame

One of the many benefits of living in Scotland is we get to play courses designed by internationally recognized golf architects like Alister MacKenzie - right on our doorstep. Alister MacKenzie? Dr MacKenzie designed Augusta National with Bobby Jones.

Top Tip

Despite being a parkland course, there are some firm fairways and links style shots needed on a couple of holes.

Description

You're playing on a course designed by Alister MacKenzie... feel the history as you step on the first tee. Pitreavie is a great course, undulating and in a parkland setting. Trees, burns, undulations, dog legs, blind shots, two and three tiered greens - this course has it all. It has Alister's fingerprints all over it. The greens are excellent, quite simply you will have a ball.

Rouken Glen, Glasgow

Par 65
Yardage 4,360
Architect James Braid
Course Photos
Signature Hole

7th - It may measure just shy of 400 yards but plays much longer than it looks. Watch out for the burn two-thirds of the way down the fairway, as it makes it very easy to be caught out with your second shot.

Claim to Fame

Rouken Glen Golf Course is home to Deaconsbank Golf Club which, established way back in 1922, has small membership of just 28.

Top Tip

On the 12th hole, be careful with your second shot as it's easy to overshoot the green, leaving a difficult chip shot back.

Description

Rouken Glen is a short but extremely challenging 18-hole course on the south side of Glasgow. Designed by the legendary James Braid, it is in many cases a very good and typical example of one of his parkland creations, including a notable example of the 'dogleg', which Braid has been given the credit for inventing.

Royal Musselburgh, East Lothian

Par 70
Yardage 6,254
Architect James Braid
Course Photos
Signature Hole

14th - Named 'The Gully', this 127-yard hole looks to be fairly straightforward but anything short will be gobbled up by the large valley from which the hole gets its name, leaving an almost vertical 50-yard blind pitch.

Claim to Fame

Members at Royal Musselburgh compete annually for the Old Club Cup which, dating back to 1774, is the oldest trophy played for in the world.

Top Tip

With only four of the 14 par-4s measuring more than 400 yards, distance is not the main consideration here - it's the precision off the tee and accuracy of the approach.

Description

A warm welcome is guaranteed at Royal Musselburgh GC which, situated on the outskirts of Prestonpans, is recognised as the fifth oldest golf club in the world with the Old Club Cup, competed for every year at the club since 1774, the oldest trophy still competitively played for in the world. At the start of the famous stretch of golf courses on the East Lothian coast, this James Braid designed beauty is always kept in immaculate condition and comes alive heading down the stretch. The 149-yard par-3 14th is a particular highlight, with golfers having to carry a 30ft gully and position their ball on a narrow green surrounded by bunkers. Only four of the 14 par-4 holes are longer than 400 yards, giving players the chance to achieve green in regulation at most, but distance isn't the main consideration at this parkland gem, precision off the tee and accuracy of the approach are what matters most.

Strathmore GC, Perthshire

Par 72
Yardage 6,454
Architect John Salvesen
Course Photos
Signature Hole

5th – The fifth hole is a challenging par-5 that requires a 160-yard carry over water from the whites. It’s certainly not one for the faint-hearted. The four par-3s, meanwhile, sum up the variety on offer throughout the course, ranging from 122 to 224 yards.

Claim to Fame

Voted 2017 ‘Scotland’s Best Golf Experience’ at the Scottish Golf Tourism Awards in the Best Value Under £50 Category, Strathmore Golf Centre has something for everyone and has rightly gained a reputation as ‘The Friendly Place to Play Golf’.

Top Tip

As well as the Rannaleroch Course, there is also the adjoining nine-hole Leitfie Links, which is ideal for beginners or as a warm-up for the main course with seven par-3s ranging from 83 to 212 yards.

Description

With beautiful south facing views over the Vale of Strathmore and free draining terrain, Strathmore is a proud, successful centre. It comprises the magnificent 18-hole Rannaleroch Course, nine-hole Leitfie Links Course, floodlit driving range, short game area, practice putting green, and a clubhouse, all in a stunning Perthshire location. The Rannaleroch Course is set in undulating parkland and is being continually improved year-on-year. Designed by John Salvesen, it has already been described as ‘a classic’.

Torwoodlee GC, Borders

Par 69
Yardage 6,021
Architect Willie Park Jr
Course Photos
Signature Hole

13th – This 420-yard par-4 called ‘Buckholm View’ is an absolute cracker. It doglegs down towards a putting surface that is shared by the eighth hole – one of two double greens on the course.

Claim to Fame

The club has been voted the most friendly and most visited course many times in the last two decades by the local golf passport scheme customers.

Top Tip

Measuring just over 6,000 yards, Torwoodlee is fairly modest in length but don’t let that deceive you, as many of the holes play uphill.

Description

With over 100 years of history, Torwoodlee is a well-established course in the Scottish Borders. Flanked by the River Gala, the course winds through mature woodland and rolling parkland. Past captain and life member Robin Brydon has been a member for 40 years and has witnessed the club mature to now be ‘considered by many to be one of the finest courses in the south of Scotland’.

Vale of Leven, Dunbartonshire

Par 67
Yardage 5278
Architect ----
Course Photos
Signature Hole

The view from the 17th hole, called ‘The Ben’, with its variety of woodland, moor, pasture, loch, glen and everlasting hills can truly be described as breathtaking and will likely be the highlight of your round here.

Claim to Fame

The clubhouse at Vale of Leven was originally an old railway carriage, which was transported from the local station by horse and cart and was situated at the foot of the Umbrella Woods, where the greenkeepers’ shed now stands.

Top Tip

Beware of the many hidden hazards here. For example, the first hole seems fairly drama-free when you’re standing on the tee but, as you walk uphill to locate your ball, you’ll notice a burn running just in front of the green.

Description

Formed in 1907, Vale of Leven was originally a nine-hole course built on land leased from a local estate owner, before being increased to 18 holes in the 1920s. Situated on the east side of the valley with tremendous views of Loch Lomond and Ben Lomond, the course is classed as being a classic mix of rolling parkland and heathland. The course is a challenging par-67 layout, which many visitors and members describe as being in ‘excellent condition all year round’.

Wigtownshire County, Galloway

Par 70
Yardage 6,104
Architect Charlie Hunter
Course Photos
Signature Hole

12th - This par-4 starts with a daunting tee shot from an elevated tee box, with out of bounds tight all the way down the right-hand side. You’re normally hitting into a prevailing wind, which adds to the challenge of this enjoyable hole.

Claim to Fame

The course architect, Charlie Hunter, succeeded Old Tom Morris as the professional at Prestwick Golf Club. Hunter also designed the inaugural layouts at Machrihanish and Royal Troon.

Top Tip

If you’re looking to connect with an aspect of the game that has disappeared in the modern era, this course is certainly it, offering a basic, no frills links golf experience.

Description

Situated on the shores of the scenic Luce Bay, Wigtownshire County is a wonderful links layout measuring slightly more than 6,000 yards. Built in 1894 and extended to 18 holes almost a century later in 1987, the course affords views across to the Isle of Man on a clear day but, when the wind blows, it is an altogether tougher test. The course make-up includes three par-3s, 14 par-4s and one par-5. A large practice area lies adjacent to the first tee and, because of the sandy soil base and proximity to the sea, there is rarely a problem with water lying on the course and winter greens are rarely used.

Woll GC, Borders

Par 70
Yardage 6,051
Architect
Course Photos
Signature Hole

17th – This hole is a real challenge. With a pond running the length of the right side of the fairway and a mature tree protecting the left side, there is plenty to test even the most experienced golfer. That’s before even reaching the green, which is surrounded by water to the front.

Claim to Fame

The New Woll Estate offers the complete Scottish golf experience as well a fantastic range of activities in the Ale Water Valley, including fishing, clay shooting, horse riding and a whisky distillery tour.

Top Tip

If you enjoy The Woll, which we’re sure you will, it’s worth knowing that all guests staying on the estate in its luxury self-catering properties benefit from FREE golf for the duration of their stay.

Description

The Woll is one of the most popular clubs in the Scottish Borders and no wonder, with continued development of the course and a first-class clubhouse with award-winning restaurant. Set in its own valley near the town of Selkirk, the Woll Estate – with its mature trees, ponds, river and woodland – is the perfect setting. Over the last few years, the course has seen 14 of its 18 holes redeveloped with new greens, surrounds, bunkers and tees being redeveloped.


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