Nine more of Scotland's best 9 hole golf courses
With almost 170 9 hole golf courses in Scotland there are options to suit every type of golfer and budget. We like to highlight beyond the classic golf tour venues so, in no particular order, here's a second selection of some of Scotland's best 9 hole courses.
9 hole courses are very budget friendly. All of the golf courses mentioned below have green fees of £30 or less for 18 holes, and in most cases that will also cover a full day ticket of as many holes as you wish.
All of Scotland's 9 hole courses can be searched right here, on our website. Take note, 9 holes doesn't necessarily mean an easy option.
There are eight 9 hole golf courses set in the rolling hills of the Scottish Borders, a region which tends to be less well known as a golfing destination. St Boswells golf course is on the side of the River Tweed, near the small town of Melrose. The course, which starts with a couple of challenging par 3 holes, was laid out by Willie Park in 1899. St Boswells is relatively flat and easy walking with beautiful views of the surrounding countryside.
The west coast of Scotland enjoys some impressive scenery - where courses sit between hills and sea and overlook glorious beaches. Traigh golf course is the most westerly golf course on the UK mainland and is famed for the stunning views from all around the course, including across to several Hebridean isles. Traigh, which is the Gaelic word for beach, has all the features of a classic seaside links and is 15 minutes south of Mallaig.
Set against the backdrop of The Trossachs National Park St Fillans golf course is a testing set-up on fairly flat terrain. St Fillans is tree-lined scenic venue near Loch Earn. Both approachable for beginners and challenging for experienced golfers, St Fillans was described by Sandy Lyle as his "favourite inland course in Scotland". He holds the current professional course record of 66.
Wigtown and Bladnoch
Wigtown and Bladnoch Golf Club, in the south west of Scotland, is a testing 9 hole golf course with excellent views over Wigtown Bay. The course is set in rolling parkland less than half a mile from the centre of the pretty town of Wigtown, known as Scotland's National Book Town, and home to the annual Wigtown Book Festival.
Another Perthshire 9 hole course, Comrie Golf Club is a lovely scenic heathland course with wonderful views of the surrounding hills. Known for the quality of the golf as well as the views, the Comrie course was designed by James Braid. The layout ensures variety and enjoyment, with a choice of tees to suit all levels of golfer.
Isle of Harris
The Isle of Harris Golf Club enjoys a spectacular natural setting on the west side of the Hebridean isle. The hills of Harris lie to the north while the white sands of Scarista beach stretch down one side of this 9 hole links. The course has several demanding holes and plenty of natural hazards.
Taynuilt golf course is a challenging and scenic 9 hole parkland course surrounded by mountains. The course is close to the base of Ben Cruachan, around 13 miles from Oban on the west coast of Scotland. There are fabulous views across Loch Etive.
Another enjoyable 9 hole golf course in the heart of the Scottish Borders, Galashiels Golf Club is a James Braid designed parkland course set on undulating terrain. The course offers 16 tees, ensuring variety throughout a full 18 hole round. There are delightful views across the Border hills from all around the course.
Perthshire has many quality parkland courses and Dunning golf course is yet another 9 hole venue well worth playing in the area. Just 15 minutes from Gleneagles, Dunning has two sets of medal tees to give a full 18 hole experience. A burn, which meanders through the course, gives added challenge. Dunning golf course offers superb views of the nearby Ochil hills.
Reasons to play 9 hole courses
As we've said previously in our blog, there are many reasons to play 9 hole courses on a golf trip, not just the very reasonable green fees. A 9 hole course can be an 18 hole, or even 27, hole day, giving you the chance for a second or third time around to perfect your score.
Or maybe you would just like a day with a little less time on the course to fit in sightseeing.
With so many excellent venues to choose from, why not give a little love to Scotland's 9 hole golf courses.
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Published: 15 June 2022