For those passionate about the game of golf, if they are going to travel to one place in Europe to play it would only make sense to visit the place the sport was born all the way back in the 15th century. Scotland is the birthplace of a game that is played around the world to this day. With most of the courses situated along the coast, these may be some of the most memorable courses at which to play. It’ll be hard to decide which one to play, so what not try a different one each day? For this seven day tour, we’ll fly into Inverness and start at the northern portion of the country and travel down to the west coast before looping back up the east coast and flying out of Aberdeen.
Day 1: Royal Dornoch
Located in the Highlands, Royal Dornoch was designed by Rom Morris, John Sutherland and Donald Ross. The course is a par 70 and is rumored to have been played at dating back to the 1600’s. The club itself became official in 1906. For those visiting the Highlands, this course is not to be missed.
Day 2: Machrie
On the Isle of Islay in the Ayshire and Surrounds region, Machrie was designed by Willie Campbell in 1891. Known for its excellent scenery, the links course is a par 71 with plenty of blind holes that will leave even the most skilled golfer thinking about his or her every move.
Day 3: Royal Troon
Also located in Ayrshire and Surrounds, Royal Troon was designed by Willie Fernie in 1878. The course is often a home of the British Open, and is a par 71 with a long list of champions. Because the course is along the coast, there can be drastic changes in weather from the beginning to the end of a game.
Day 4: North Berwick
In the Edinburg Region of Scotland, North Berwick is known as the 13th oldest golf club in the world. It is very natural links clocking in at par 71. Its age sets apart from most other courses, and it has evolved over time into what it is today without the guidance of a designer.
Day 5: St. Andrew’s Old Course
Located in the Fife/Perthshire region, St. Andrew’s Old Course dates back to 1764. The now 72 par course originally had 12 holes, and a full game meant playing 22, this was later lowered to the classic 18 people know now. Go into the course knowing that the first whole may easily be the most nerve wracking hole you ever encounter.
Day 6: Scotscraig
Also in the Fife/Perthshire region, Scotscraig was founded in 1817 and designed in part by James Braid. Golf was played in the locations of Scotscraig long before the now 71 par course was formed, and will provide some of the most memorable holes in your entire golfing career.
Day 7: Cruden Bay
Located on the East Coast, this Tom Morris and Archie Simpson course was founded in 1899. The course has views of the Slains Castle which makes for some stunning vistas. The course is a par 70, and is known as a very surprising course.
So start stretching those muscles, and prep yourself for a weeklong trip spent in the birthplace of the whole game. There will be some amazing sights, and even if you don’t play your best game it will probably be the best trip. Mix it up a little by doing the trip in reverse, or make it a two week long trip and spend two days in each area.