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The Best Golf Courses in Scotland

Scotland is the home of Golf. Whether you are a beginner looking for some fun or a serious Pro in need of a lengthy golf course, Scotland has it.

Get the clubs packed and take a tour of the best courses in the country!

listed below are Golf courses near our Holiday Cottage that you can join for the day and the more famous courses further a field.

Sanquhar Golf Club

Address: Sanquhar DG4 6JZ Phone: 01659 50577

Course Description

Sanquhar is situated on the undulating fields of the Barr Farm on the right bank of the River Nith. Lying well above the bed of the river itself, the course demands a view of great beauty in all directions.

To the East the town of Sanquhar, with its ancient ruined castle at the southern end, stands out before a background of typical Southern Upland scenery where rolling hills rise to the massive Lowtheres to the South East. The clubhouse and first tee face directly towards Glenmaddie and the upper reaches of the Euchan Valley. All in all, this is a challenging course amid stirring panorama.

Thornhill Golf Club

Address: Blacknest House, E Newlands, Thornhill DG3 5DW Hours: 8am- 9PM Phone: 01848 330546

Course Description

The course is a mixture of park and heathland with magnificent panoramic views which are equal to any in Scotland. It has been often described as a “hidden gem”.

At 6102 yards, over relatively level terrain the course provides a good test for all golfers and is friendly to those of mature years.

Lead hills Golf Club

Address: Leadhills ML12 6XT

Phone: 07939 435784

Moffat Golf Club

Address: Coatshill Ave, Moffat DG10 9SB

Hours: 7:30am–6pm

Course Description

Moffat Golf Club was founded in 1884. In 1904, Ben Sayers of North Berwick was invited to design the present 18-hole course.

Located high on Coats Hill overlooking the town it commands splendid views in all directions.

It was ideal land on which to build a golf course and Ben Sayers successfully incorporated all the natural undulations and hazards into his layout.

Many golfers would agree that he succeeded in creating one of the most attractive, varied and interesting inland courses in the country with its deceptive approach shots combined with subtle greens to ensure that scoring is never easy.

The course is often referred to as “the jewel in the South“ where a round of golf is always both challenging and inspiring.

Lanark Golf Club

Address: The Moor, Whitelees Rd, Lanark ML11 7RX

Hours: 9:30am - 2pm

Course Description

A wonderful golfing experience awaits you at Lanark, the 25th oldest golf club in the world. The moorland course is one of Scotland’s finest and the clubhouse facilities have recently been upgraded to a high standard. There is a well-stocked professional’s shop, practice area and an interesting little 9-hole course. The resident Chef is very well regarded for outstanding catering.

The course is located just outside the historic market town of Lanark in the Upper Clyde Valley. It is maintained to the highest green-keeping standards and is renowned for its smooth, fast greens, natural moorland fairways and beautiful, unspoilt views across Scotland's rolling South Upland hills.

You are most welcome to visit and experience Scottish moorland golf at its best. A warm welcome awaits you at Lanark Golf Club.

Famous Golf course the Pro's love

Old Course

The Old Course at St Andrews is considered the oldest golf course in the world and commonly known as 'The Home of Golf'. It is a public course over common land in St Andrews, Fife, Scotland and is held in trust by The St Andrews Links Trust under an act of Parliament.

Address: W Sands Rd, St Andrews KY16 9XL Length: 6.68 km

Trump Turnberry Ailsa Golf Course

Trump International Golf Links, Scotland is a golf course in Balmedie, Aberdeenshire, Scotland, owned by Donald Trump. It opened in 2012.

Address: Turnberry, Girvan KA26 9LS Phone: 01655 331000


Muirfield is a privately owned links which is the home of The Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers. Located in Gullane, East Lothian, Scotland, overlooking the Firth of Forth, Muirfield is one of the golf courses used in rotation for The Open Championship.

Address: Duncur Rd, Muirfield, Gullane, Gullane,

East Lothian, Scotland EH31 2EG

North Berwick Golf Club

The North Berwick Golf Club, at North Berwick, East Lothian, was founded in 1832. It is the 13th oldest golf club in the world and only St Andrews hosts a club which has played continuously over the same course for longer.

Address: New Club House, Beach Rd, North Berwick EH39 4BB Hours: open 9am - 7PM Phone: 01620 895040

Royal Dornoch

Royal Dornoch Golf Club is a golf club in Dornoch, Sutherland, Scotland. It is generally referred to as Royal Dornoch. The club has two 18-hole courses: the Championship Course and the Struie Course. The older Championship Course is a links course located on the Dornoch Firth

Address: Royal Dornoch Club Golf,

Golf Rd, Dornoch IV25 3LW

Hours: 7am–11pm

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