Highlights from Scotland’s Top 100 Golf Courses
Did you know that Teeofftimes by GolfNow works with 70 of Scotland’s Top 100* golf courses?
While we pride ourselves on offering an array of courses to suit all budgets, we know that every so often golfers like you (and us) like to splash out and play a real signature venue. That’s why we’re highlighting a number of Scotland’s top golf courses in order to whet your appetite for the season ahead.
Let’s start with a familiar territory in the home of golf – St. Andrews.
At number 58 on Scotland’s top 100, we have the stunning Torrance Course at Fairmont St. Andrews. With sweeping views down the Fife coastline, you will not be disappointed with a visit to the Fairmont. Previous host to the European Tour’s Scottish Seniors, the rugged coastline frames the view down to the ‘Auld Town.’ Great practice facilities and a clubhouse perched high above the coast compliment an enjoyable, modern links course.
At number 4 we have Trump Turnberry’s Ailsa Course. Ayrshire is a golfing haven and is underpinned by its top-ranked Trump Turnberry – a must play for any golfing enthusiast. This iconic Open Championship venue is widely regarded as the most scenic of all Open venues. With views of the half-billion-year old volcanic Ailsa Craig just off shore, you cannot help but be blown away by the stunning Ayrshire coastline. We offer only a couple of pieces of advice for your visit to Turnberry – make sure you have a camera, and stop at the Lighthouse for some fuel around the turn! What a place.
At number 42, the fantastic Leven Links. Golf has been played at Leven Links since 1846, making it one of the oldest courses in the world. It has a unique landscape of parallel dune ridges that provides the ideal setting for links golf. The slopes and undulations of the terrain are used throughout the golf course. The golf course opens with a tricky hole where the green sits on a ridge plateau, and it finishes with what some have boasted is one of the best finishing holes in the country. It is another difficult par 4 with a burn stretching across the front of the green; if you par this hole into the wind, you’ll walk off the green a happy golfer.
At number 52, Ladybank was established as a six-hole course in 1879 by Old Tom Morris. It expanded to a nine-hole course in 1910, then to 18 holes in 1958. Since that time, the layout has been consistently celebrated as a qualifying round for the British Open due to its challenging but fair layout. The golf course features long, narrow fairways lined with trees and well-manicured greens. Ladybank Golf Club’s par-4 ninth hole is the course’s signature. It is a demanding right-to-left dogleg with a tree guarding the corner and a two-tiered green.
At number 57, the Roxburghe Championship Golf Course was conceived by The Duke of Roxburghe, an avid golfer who commissioned Dave Thomas to design and construct this unique course with spectacular Scottish Borders views on the Roxburghe Estate. The course was opened in 1997, and the result of Thomas’s design bears his distinct hallmark of well-positioned bunkers and large USGA rolling greens. Sergio Garcia holds the course record of 66 here!