Scottish short golf breaks that won't break the bank


Short break itineraries in Scotland where the green fees are £50 or less at each course.

Scottish golf trips often focus on the more costly courses to play. Here's some suggestions that show there are a lot more options available, with choices for every budget.

Below are 4 suggested short golf break itineraries around Scotland where the midweek, high season, green fees for each course are £50 or less – sometimes much less. We've kept almost all the golf to within 30 minutes drive of the suggested accommodation.

There's a mix of inland and coastal golf, links and parkland, 18 hole and 9 hole. These are just example trips to inspire you, in each area there are many more golf courses to explore.

Accommodation rates will vary depending on booking dates so we've made suggestions based on cost-conscious options but not included specific costs.


1. A Brief Highland Fling

LocationGolf CoursesTotal Green FeesSuggested Accommodation
Tain, Highland4£150Shandwick House, Tain

Alness
£40
Views over the Cromarty Firth and Highland hills.
Bonar Bridge
£25
A 9 hole course in spectacular scenery with views of rolling hills and Loch Migdale
Struie, Dornoch
£50
The second course at Royal Dornoch. A natural links layout with a lovely view of the Firth.
Tain (twilight)
£35
Classic championship Highland links overlooking Dornoch Firth, with a mountain backdrop.
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Accommodation
Shandwick House, Tain
Welcoming bed and breakfast in central Tain. All courses are within 30 minutes drive.
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Royal Golf Hotel, Dornoch

2. Mixing Coast And Parkland In Fife

LocationGolf CoursesTotal Green FeesSuggested Accommodation
Glenrothes, East4£96Premier Inn Glenrothes

Burntisland
£30
Wonderful views across the Firth of Forth to Edinburgh. Generous fairways and links type greens.
Cupar
£21
Probably the oldest 9 hole golf club in the world. An enjoyable, mature course with small greens.
Falkland
£50
A pretty and undulating 9 hole course with views of the Lomond Hills and historic Falkland Palace.
Pitreavie
£30
A parkland course where burns are in play on half the round. A good golfing test.
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Accommodation
Premier Inn Glenrothes
Part of a budget hotel chain with decent sized rooms and free parking. All courses are within 30 minutes drive or less of hotel.
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Old Manor Hotel, Lundin Links

3. Go West

LocationGolf CoursesTotal Green FeesSuggested Accommodation
Inverkip, West4£154Inverkip Hotel

Gourock
£40
Moorland course with wonderful views of the Clyde and the Argyllshire hills.
Helensburgh
£45
Moorland course on the north of the River Clyde. Panoramic views to both Arran and Loch Lomond.
Largs
£49
Parkland course with winding burns, tree lined holes and views across the Clyde to both Cumbrae and Arran.
Skelmorlie
£20
A moorland course on the Clyde coast with beautiful views to Arran and Argyll.
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Accommodation
Inverkip Hotel
An independent, family run hotel with modern rooms and beautiful scenery. Helensburgh an hour away, other courses within 30 minutes drive.
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Largs
Replace Helensburgh with a short ferry trip to Cumbrae to play Millport

4. A Quartet Of Capital Courses

LocationGolf CoursesTotal Green FeesSuggested Accommodation
Edinburgh, S East4£165.35Premier Inn Edinburgh Park

Baberton
£50
Gently undulating James Braid designed parkland course. Impressive views in all directions.
Braid Hills No 1
£30.25
A testing course of contours and gorse, offering panoramic views across Edinburgh.
Kingsknowe
£35
Tree lined parkland course with well guarded, relatively small, greens.
Prestonfield
£50
Parkland course below the backdrop of Arthur's Seat and Salisbury Crags.
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Accommodation
Premier Inn Edinburgh Park
Offers parking and easy access to central Edinburgh by tram. All courses are within 30 minutes drive.
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Norton House Hotel


Published: 12 May 2022