A passionate golfer might explore exotic Asian courses, enjoy a brief whirlwind of exciting American names, and relish their home-grown municipal links, but true love of the game is reserved for Scotland. Famous locations such as the Old Course at St Andrews are pilgrimage sites for those who truly love the sport, and they are also wonderful tourist attractions. The huge demand for the honour of playing on the famous golf courses of Scotland makes it nearly impossible to book tee times, and ensures the most hallowed of courses come at a price. Fortunately, the country is littered with stunning courses.
While enthusiasts love the traditional links courses that seem to define Scottish golf, only a small percentage of the fairways are true to this style. New resort courses are constantly in development. Between five star hotels, guest cottages, resort courses and the various golf styles that Scotland boasts, planning an outing can be overwhelming. Highland golf courses in the northeast and the famous links of the southwest both offer historic clubs and lesser known gems.
To get the most out of a brief golf tour of Scotland it is best to hire a golf trip planner. The main golfing season in Scotland runs from April to September, with May and September the busiest months. Golf is enjoyed in the country year-round, but the courses are generally at their best in the summer months.