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6 Great Courses At The Home Of Golf In Scotland

Tour Operator | CIE Tours International | Lisa Iannucci | May 13, 2016

6 Great Courses At The Home Of Golf In Scotland

PHOTO: The Royal and Ancient Golf Club at St. Andrews is considered the birthplace of golf. (Courtesy St. Andrews)

Fore! If you’re ready to tee-off, then Scotland is your place to be.

There are so many amazing courses here that golfers have a hard time deciding what 18-holes to hit first, so why not try to travel around and play on all of them? Here are six of the greatest courses throughout Scotland that you could squeeze in a round on during a CIE International Tours jaunt:

The St. Andrews Golf Course in Fife is steeped in golf history. In 1552, Archbishop Hamilton recognized the right of the people to play golf and, more than 600 years later, the greatest luminaries of the sport have played and won here. The newest addition to St Andrews Links is The Castle Course, which opened in 2008 and became the seventh course at the Home of Golf and part of the largest public golfing complex in Europe. It is located on a cliff top and provides a legendary golfing experience.

Speaking of golf history, The Royal Dornoch has been around for more than 400 years and its Championship Course has been ranked No. 5 in the world and No. 1 in Scotland by Golf Digest in 2016. The Championship Course offers a par of 70 evenly distributed over the two halves, each having two par threes, a par five and six par fours. Their Struie course originally opened as a 12-hole ladies course in 1899 and has been an 18-hole golf course since 1999. 

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Kingsbarns is a breathtakingly beautiful golf course, located seven miles from St. Andrews along the North Sea coastline in Scotland. Kingsbarns co-hosts the annual European Tour’s Alfred Dunhill Links Championship together with the Old Course at St Andrews and Carnoustie Golf Links. In 2017 The Ricoh Women’s British Open will be played at Kingsbarns.

Donald Trump said that when he saw this particular piece of land in Scotland, he thought, “I was overwhelmed by the imposing dunes and rugged Aberdeenshire coastline.” So on it he created the Trump International Golf Links in Aberdeen, a 7,400 yard, par 72 championship golf course that follows a classical pattern of two out-and-back loops of nine holes. All 18 holes thread their way through The Great Dunes of Scotland and there are six separate tees catering to all levels of golfer.

The Blairgowrie Golf Club includes the Rosemount course which has played host to a number of prestigious professional and amateur tournaments, and the challenging Lansdowne, which hosted the Scottish Amateur Championship in 2013 and PGA Championship Final in 2014. This is a true championship course and a fine test of golf. Finally, its Wee Course layout is comprised of par 3’s and par 4’s and is perfect for a warm-up round or for beginners.

And last, but definitely not least, The Gailes has been an Open Championship Final Qualifying course since 1973. It has hosted The Home Internationals, the Europe vs. USA Palmer Trophy, the Scottish PGA Championship, the Scottish Amateur Championship, the Scottish Open Amateur Strokeplay Championship, the Scottish Seniors Open Amateur Strokeplay Championship, the British Youths Open Amateur Championship and the British Seniors Open Amateur Championship. It was opened in 1892 by Glasgow Golf Club, the 9th oldest golf club in the world.

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