Scotland is one of the world’s most popular golfing destinations and with courses such as the Old Course, Turnberry, Royal Dornoch, and Carnoustie, it is not hard to see why. This year, Golf Digest boosted Scotland’s historic and excellent golf courses by including 17 of them in the “World’s Top 100 Courses Outside the USA” – the aforementioned golf courses are listed in the top 10.
The recognition reflects the quality of the golf courses found in Scotland, also known as the Home of Golf. It also highlights the accessibility of the golf courses to the golfer who are willing to travel.
The Old Course is only second to the venue of the 2007 Walker Cup, the Royal County Down found in Northern Ireland. Here are the rest of the Scottish courses that made it to the top 100: Turnberry (5th), Royal Dornoch (6th), Carnoustie (8th), Royal Troon (15th), Kingsbarns (18th), Loch Lomond (21st), Cruden Bay (37th), Machrihanish (39th), North Berwick (40th), Royal Aberdeen (48th), Western Gailes (58th), New Course (63rd), Castle Course (65th), Prestwick (69th), and the Jubilee (92nd).
The excellence of Scottish golf courses is matched by a wide range of perfect accommodation, charming countryside, and a friendly atmosphere. The country truly is the mecca for professional as well as beginner or amateur golfers. Traveling to Scotland to try world-class golf courses is more than just a golfing vacation, rather it is a pilgrimage that you must make at least once (or twice) in your lifetime.