Carnoustie Golf Links
Regarded by many including Walter Hagen and Gary Player as one of the best links in the world, Carnoustie Championship Links, though not particularly long from the medal tees, is not a course for the unthinking big‑hitter. A regular host to The Open, its array of champions including Armour, Cotton, Hogan, Player, Watson, Lawrie and of course Harrington, fittingly bearing testament to a course of stunning quality. Carnoustie Championship Links is also one of the three venues for the annual Dunhill Links Championship (the other two being the St Andrews Old Course & Kingsbarns).
Old Course St Andrews
The Old Course at St. Andrews is a must for all avid golfers who should make the Pilgrimage at least once in their lifetime. The venue has played host to 29 Open Championships with a list of champions that befits the Home of Golf including Bobby Jones, Jack Nicklaus, Seve Ballesteros and Tiger Woods. Your experience at the Old Course will not be complete until you visit the Par 4, 17th Road Hole which is undoubtedly one of the most celebrated and feared holes in golf. With a daunting picturesque drive over the Old Course Hotel and then the prospect of avoiding the dreaded Road Hole bunker it really is one of ‘the golfing challenges’. You simply won’t be disappointed by a visit to ‘the home of golf’.
Kingsbarns Golf Links
Located directly on the North Sea coast only six miles from St. Andrews, Kingsbarns Golf Links is without doubt one of the most breath-taking courses in the world. With views of the ocean and the high tide foaming over the rocks below, one quickly realises that this links is special.
Despite its relative youth in golf course terms, Kingsbarns already plays annual host to the Dunhill Links Championship, which is played over three golf courses (the other two being the Old Course and Carnoustie Championship Links). And don’t be too surprised when you hear the British Open and Kingsbarns mentioned in the same sentence. It’s that good!
Gullane Golf Club
Golf has been played over the links at Gullane for more than 350 years. Today, Gullane Golf Club is one of Scotland’s most prestigious member clubs, mixing the finest tradition with some of the most admired natural links land in the world. Blessed with superb turf and a climate that allows all year round golf visitors are welcome to play the Gullane championship courses which offer dramatic coastal views and a golfing challenge to savour. Laid out over prime seaside land, the three golf courses are simply known by number reflecting their age. Gullane offers a unique range of golfing experiences for members and visitors alike, combining a major role in the history of golf in Scotland, great golfing conditions, and a truly spectacular environment.
North Berwick Golf Club
The 13th oldest golf club in the world, North Berwick is second only to the Royal & Ancient Golf Club in St. Andrews for continuous play over the same course. The West Links was originally 6 holes, with a 7th added before it was extended to 18 holes in 1877.
North Berwick has to a large extent evolved naturally with little assistance from mankind, a fact reflected in the name of the principle course architect, Mother Nature herself. Each hole on this stimulating links, which regularly hosts final qualifying for the British Open, poses different tests of judgement and skill. A unique golfing experience, North Berwick boasts blind holes, spectacular views, drives over walls and burns & bunkers deep enough for golfers to disappear from view. Many holes have been copied by designers all over the world; most commonly the 376 yard, 14th, named “Perfection” and the 192 yard 15th hole called “Redan”, which has been replicated in both Pebble Beach and Shinnecock Hills.
Muirfield Golf Club
Muirfield Golf Club outside Edinburgh has a unique distinction in that it is the only course to have hosted the Open, the Amateur, the Mid-Amateur, the Ryder Cup, the Walker Cup and the Curtis Cup. In 1966 it was the venue for Jack Nicklaus’ first Open victory and the course left such an indelible mark on ‘The Golden Bear’ that he named one of his most famous course creations Muirfield Village in Ohio after it. One of the oldest clubs in golf and its world-famous course, designed by Old Tom Morris & completely surrounded by its infamous stone walls, this is a must for any golfing pilgrimage to Scotland.