Light Scottish nights – Twilight golf rates

Scotland is known for having long summer nights. The farther north you go, the longer the daylight hours.

This means that golfing in Scotland can go on late in the evening in the spring and summer months, and many courses offer reduced rates for golfers happy to play later in the day.

It's a great way to play extra holes, or to add golf to a day where you do something completely different.

As mid-Summer is 21st June the benefit of twilight rate savings is not just restricted to high summer, sunset in St Andrews at the end of April is close to 9pm at night and it doesn't come below 9pm again until mid-August. Throughout June sunset in St Andrews is around 10pm.

The 4th hole at Fortrose and Rosemarkie Golf Club

In Inverness the timings are similar but sunset is around 15 minutes later than St Andrews throughout June.

A listing of Scottish golf courses which offer twilight rates, the timings and the comparison to the standard high season midweek green fees is below. This is not a complete list as not all courses publish their full green fees, but it will give you plenty of options to consider. It is also worth asking the golf courses you wish to play, if they are not featured below, if they have a twilight rate and when.

CourseMidweek Twilight FeeHigh Season MidweekTimeYear of Rates
Alness£28£40After 3pm2022
Askernish£40£50After 4pm2022
Auchmill£10£204 hrs before sunset2021
Blair Atholl£20£30After 5pm2021
Blairgowrie Landsdowne£40£95After 4pm2022
Blairgowrie Rosemount£75£120After 4pm2022
Boat of Garten£45£75After 4pm2022
Brodick£20£30After 5pm2022
Brora£55£125After 3pm2021
Cathcart Castle£20£40After 6:45pm2021
Colvend£18£25After 5:30pm2022
Corrie£5£20After 5pm2021
Craigmillar Park£26£36After 4pm2022
Crail Balcomie£40£120After 4pm2022
Crail Craighead£40£90After 4pm2022
Downfield£40£80After 3pm2022
Duddingston£55£75After 3pm2022
Dunbar£75£95After 13:15pm2022
Duns£15£30After 4pm2022
Durness£25£40After 5pm2022
Elgin£35£80After 4pm2022
Forres£30£60After 3pm2021
Fortrose & Rosemarkie£60£75After 3pm2022
Gailes Links£240£3304ball rate after 2pm2022
Gairloch£10£30After 7pm2022
Glen£55£70After 3pm2022
Gleneagles King's courseVaries£250After 2pm2022
Gleneagles PGA Centenary courseVaries£250After 2pm2022
Gleneagles Queen's courseVaries£250After 2pm2022
Glenrothes£14£21After 2pm2021
Gullane No 2£53£85After 3:45pm2022
Gullane No 3£33£49After 3:45pm2022
Hopeman£25£45After 3pm2022
Kings, Inverness£35£65After 5pm2022
Kingussie£20£45After 5pm2022
Kinross, Bruce£34£50After 3pm2022
Kinross, Montgomery£34£50After 3pm2022
Kirriemuir£25£44After 4pm2021
Kittocks, St Andrews£70£120After 3pm2021
Ladybank£65£100After 2:30pm2021
Largs£25£49After 2pm2022
Lochgelly£15£20After 2pm2022
Machrihanish Dunes£50£80Varies2022
Maverston£25£35After 2:30pm2022
Millport£15£30After 7pm2022
Moray, New£40£50After 3pm2022
Moray, Old£80£95After 3pm2022
Muir of Ord£19£38After 5pm2022
Nairn£160£190After 3pm2022
Nairn Dunbar£70£100After 3pm2022
Newton Stewart£25£35After 4pm2022
Newtonmore£16£32After 5pm2021
North Berwick West Links£120£200After 4pm2022
North Inch£19£22Varies2022
Peebles£25£40After 3pm2022
Pitlochry£40£60After 3pm2022
Portpatrick£35£45After 4:30pm2022
Prestonfield£35£50After 3pm2022
Royal Dornoch£125£210After 6pm2022
Royal Musselburgh£35£70Varies2021
Spey Valley£31.25£53.75After 4pm2022
St Michaels£10£29After 6pm2021
Stonehaven£22£48After 5pm2022
Stranraer£30£45After 4pm2021
Strathlene Buckie£20£30After 4pm2021
Strathpeffer Spa£20£40After 5pm2021
Tain£35£70After 4pm2022
Torrance, St Andrews£70£120After 3pm2021
Torwoodlee£25£36After 6pm2022
Tulliallan£22£32After 3pm2022
West Linton£30£40After 3pm2022
Wigtownshire County£30£45After 3pm2022
Williamwood£30£45After 2pm2022

If you really want to maximise summer night golf then head north to Orkney or Shetland where you can play midnight golf in at the height of midsummer, in the Midnight Cup at Shetland Golf Club or Midnight Special at Stromness Golf Club in Orkney.

Published: 13 April 2022