A passionate golfer might toy around with 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 a pilgrimage site to those who worship at the shrine of golf, 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 that it is expensive to walk the most hallowed of courses. 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 the 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.