Not only has Scotland got the world’s oldest Golf Clubs it has some of the best courses too. You could play golf at Muirfield, Turnberry, Royal Dornoch, and Carnostie amongst many others.
The west coast is literally riddled with excellent links, including Irvine Bogside, designed by James Braid, who put his name to many course designs in Scotland. This course is known for its blind shots and old course design and feel, an experience sought-out by golf puritans.
Glasgow Golf Club, Gailes Links is a course with a strategic layout, and guarded by strategically placed bunkers. This course was designed by Open Championship winner, Willie Park, and contemporaries, like Sandy Lyle, regard this course as being a “truly great test of link’s golf.”
The Royal Troon Golf Club is another standout on Scotland’s west coast. This course, founded in 1878, was relatively impervious, being used strictly by golf’s elite, until 2009 when it became more accessible to visitors. This course is also easily accessible, and with recent road improvements, it is roughly 30 minutes from Glasgow.
Prestwick, by comparison, welcomes golfers of all skill levels, from all over the world. The atmosphere here is regarded as being more relaxed and friendly, and guests are encouraged to enjoy the facility in its entirety. This might be one of the best places for tourists, or those possessing modest skills, to feel at-home while enjoying the gorgeous facility and lush grounds that are the hallmark of all of Scotland’s best courses.
Golf is a particularly popular sport, and for those that absolutely love it, they should treat themselves to at least one trip to Scotland’s west coast, where the links are purely world-class. Relative to weather, and although this country does benefit from the North Atlantic Drift, the weather can be a bit changeable, and it is advised the best time to visit is April to July.
Other times of the year can be marked by wind, rain, snow and other weather cycles that might not be conducive for enjoying golf. In this tourist-laden area, there are many attractions to enjoy outside of golf, should the weather not entirely cooperate, including sitting by the fireplace in the lobby of your hotel talking with other golf enthusiasts, which is likely one of the only places in the world where you can really soak up this kind of atmosphere.