Legend has it that people were golfing in Carnoustie approximately fifty years prior to Columbus discovering America. Official documents prove that golf was being played here by 1529 although it seems to have been busy with golfers up to two hundred years prior to that!
Carnoustie has tremendous links with over two hundred and fifty courses in America mostly as a result of the emigrants who left Carnoustie and taught golf throughout the world.
Even if you don’t play the course, the contents of the clubhouse alone are certainly worth a visit. For instance the Gold Cross medal displayed in the cabinet was actually made from a gold nugget uncovered by a former member in the Gold rush and sent to the club.
This is a club which is absolutely steeped in the history of golf and is therefore completely unmissable!
Although Kingsbarns is every bit as breathtaking and challenging as the traditional Scottish Links courses, it differs greatly in that it is a man-made development and is only four years old.
Such is the course?s popularity with locals and tourists alike, the course is being mentioned in the same breath as the Scottish open and may even be mentioned along with the British Open in the not too distant future.
The course is very popular with Americans who have marked it down on their list of “must play again courses” when they return. It would seem once seen and played never forgotten.
Nairn Golf Club
Only at Nairn Golf Club is it possible to see the sea from every hole. It is therefore immediately understandable that this course is so challenging because you may strike your ball into the sea from any one of the first seven holes!
This course is truly one of Scotland’s real gems. Not only are the roughs hazardous but the greens are truly spectacular.
Where else in the world can you be challenged both mentally and physically and still are surrounded by such beauty.
Only in the Scottish Highlands!
Many a great golfer has been humbled at Royal Dornoch. It provides all the necessary challenges of any top course along with the feeling of tranquillity and scenery of such beauty that can only be found in the Scottish Highlands.Although the fairways are wide and rambling, don’t be deceived, not all holes are always visible from every point of the fairways. You have to be “canny” and pick your spot wisely.With the surround of the North Sea, mountains and hills, one could be forgiven for thinking that they have died and gone to Heaven! However when you’ve finished the golf, the warm, friendly locals will soon remind you that you couldn?t be anywhere else bar Scotland!
Royal Troon Golf Club was formed in 1878 but didn’t actually have 18 holes until 1888. In its centenary year Troon Golf Club received the Royal accolade and to this day remains the last club to have earned this title. It is very widely recognised that Royal Troon is one of the most prestigious and most desirable courses to play if not in the UK then in the world. If for no other reason than to play the world famous eighth, the Postage Stamp, where you can tell the wee story about the guy having a hole in one and then going out the next day and having another hole in one on what is recognised as a tough par 3. However when you play this magnificent course you realise that each hole is tougher than the next.Every effort should be made to play this course at least once in your lifetime. However if you do plan to enjoy this rare experience, it is extremely important that you plan your golf trip well in advance. Royal Troon has been known to be fully booked up to a year in advance; such is the demand for this course.