Posts Tagged ‘Scotland’

Ladybank Golf Club, Scotland

Jan 16th

A heathland course of Championship status (Par 71) set amongst heather, pine trees and silver birch. The Championship course (6754 yards) has two loops of nine holes – visitors generally use the blue course (6299 yards). But wait, there’s more…

Milngavie Golf Club, Scotland

Jul 25th


Milngavie Golf Club dates back to 1895, to a time when golf course construction in Scotland was booming. Indeed, a glance at the record books will show there were no fewer than six other courses opened that same year.

The St Andrews professional Willie Auchterlonie (who won the Open two years earlier) and his older brother Laurie (who would go on to claim the US Open title in 1902), laid out the course and it took them no more than a day to peg out a 9-hole circuit.

The Auchterlonies were of the opinion that the club actually had enough land to accommodate a full 18-hole course and so the number of holes in play was quickly doubled, producing the layout that remains in play today. (more…)

Duns Golf Club, Scotland

Jun 13th

The 6,298-yard parkland course at Duns Golf Club in Scottish Borders is a simple yet elegant course suitable for high and low handicap golfers. With the addition of the second nine holes, introduced 15 years ago, the Duns now has a pleasant layout that most golfers will enjoy.


It’s a picturesque course, featuring sand traps, water hazards and now beautiful well-established tree surrounds, and most notable is the scenic 17th. Visitors receive a warm welcome in the clubhouse, with good service and excellent value food and drink. But wait, there’s more…

Glencruitten Golf Course (Oban), Scotland

Jun 6th

There’s uncertainty regarding the provenance of the Glencruitten course. According to the John F. Moreton & Iain Cumming book James Braid and his Four Hundred Golf Courses, “The Polivinster course started in 1890, was nine holes and council-owned. The council sought another site, in 1905… In 1907 they start to talk to Mr. Bontein who already has a private nine hole course on the Glencruitten estate. Negotiations falter… The council looks elsewhere, to Ganavan on the coast. This nine hole opens in May 1908.”


“Meanwhile, Bontein goes ahead with the extension to eighteen… This course is opened on 1st June 1908.  Immediately after the 1920 St Andrews Open, Braid, Fernie, Taylor and Vardon travel overnight by train to Oban… This is ‘to fulfil an arrangement made some time ago’. The Oban Times gives a detailed account of the golf, and says that the course was ‘laid out by Mr Bontein of Glencruitten’. Now it would be unusual, though not without precedent, for an owner of land to design a golf course…” But wait, there’s more…

Leven Links Golf Course, Scotland

May 30th


Whilst golf has been played at Leven since 1820, the game dates back to 1846 on parts of these links with the current configuration coming into being in 1909.

The history of Leven Links is, suffice to say, long and complex but what is most important is the nature of the ground upon which it is built. Local conditions of winds and tides during prehistoric times, when sea levels were falling combined to produce a series of parallel dune ridges which give Leven Links a truly unique signature.

From the start of the round the golfer will be conscious of the fairways running along the valleys between these old dunes; it makes for superb definition and a true test of links golf as the slopes and bounces of these natural obstacles come into play throughout the round. They are most noticeable at the first (where the green sits on a ridge plateau), the second, thirteenth, seventeenth and eighteenth. But wait, there’s more…

Earl of Mar Golf Course, Scotland

May 15th

Designed by the Dave Thomas, the new 18-hole Earl of Mar course at Mar Hall already gives the impression of being a well-established golf course.


Located west of Glasgow, Earl of Mar Golf Club overlooks the River Clyde with views that stretch beyond the Kilpatrick Hills. A scenic forest filled with more than 250 chestnut and beech trees shaped the design of the course, carving the doglegs and framing the greens. It has a traditional parkland layout that offers a fair amount of challenges balanced by generous fairways that are beginner-friendly. But wait, there’s more…

Minto Golf Club, Scotland

May 9th


Minto Golf Club is laid out through the aged groves of a woodland estate established many years ago. It’s an excellent parkland course with fine arboreal specimens tucked away behind the village of Denholm and overlooked by the imposing Rubers Law.

The course plays over ambling, gentle slopes that are tree-lined for the first ten holes before opening out into wider plains at the 11th. The 4th is a difficult par three playing across the top of the course and onto level ground. Here, the course opens out and the main challenge is hitting the ball, should it be blowing, into a westerly wind. But wait, there’s more…

Downfield Golf Club – Scotland

Apr 25th

Downfield Golf Club is one of the most challenging yet fair courses around Scotland. Set in sprawling parkland close to Dundee, the sheer variety of holes will challenge every golfer. There is water on no less than seven holes and with five par 5’s Downfield ensures that every golfers ability will be pushed to the limit.


A course with a great history the course was designed by master course creator James Baird and it played host to the Scottish Amateur and Professional Championships and the 1999 Final Open Qualifying Round, with the winner Pierre Fluke going on to register a top ten finish in the main event at Carnoustie.

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Kilspindie Golf Club, Scotland

Dec 7th

Kilspindie was founded in 1867 and is the 35th oldest golf club in the world. Situated on the southern shores of the Firth of Forth between Aberlady Bay and Gosford Bay, Kilspindie has illustrious neighbors like Gullane, Muirfield, North Berwick and Dunbar. A short 5480 yard par 69 course, Kilspindie is not to be taken too lightly – it is a worthy neighbor to all of them and definitely to be included in a golfing tour of the region. Step back in time and enjoy a game on a traditional links course at Kilspindie. It is a classic traditional Scottish Links Course that can be enjoyed by all levels of players.

Kilspindie Golf Club, Scotland

The scenic course borders the Aberlady Bay nature reserve and offers spectacular views of the Forth of Forth. You can see the Firth Bridges, Pentland Hills, Edinburgh Castle and Arthur’s Seat as well as the Fife coastline and Gullane Hill from the course. The course in parts runs along the sea and the wind off the coast is always a factor to be considered while playing here. But wait, there’s more…

Royal Aberdeen Golf Club (Balgownie Links), Scotland

Oct 27th

Although the formation of the (Royal) Aberdeen Golf Club in 1780 was the birth of organized golf in Scotland’s North East, the genesis of the game in this region dates back much further. In fact Aberdeen’s initial layout, the Queen’s Links, was the subject of the world’s earliest recorded description of a golf hole in 1625 and many believe the game itself actually originated here. By 1887 the club had outgrown its increasingly popular links, however, and migrated across the River Don into the magnificent Balgownie linksland two miles north of town. There a new course was designed by Carnoustie golfers, Archie and Robert Simpson, and later re-bunkered and lengthened by the great James Braid.

Royal Aberdeen Golf Club (Balgownie Links), Scotland

One of the oldest, finest and most underrated links in all of Britain, Balgownie has a classic out and back routing with holes laid out on lumpy links ground along the North Sea shoreline. The outward holes are the most celebrated, running beside the roaring ocean they follow deep coastal dune formations while the less intimidating inward nine are set on a slightly elevated plateau but are equally demanding as they are sensibly routed back into the prevailing winds.   But wait, there’s more…