Scotland has long been known as the Home of Golf. The Old course at St Andrews has been recognised by the Guinness Book of Records as the oldest golf course in the world. Documented evidence of play in St Andrews goes back to 1552.
However the game was clearly played well before that as an Act of Parliament of 1457 banned people from playing both 'gowf' and football as it was stopping them from archery practice.
Golf is a recreational sport for all, all across Scotland, and there are now over 550 active golf courses around the country whose fairways are open to visitors. The combination of history and easy access to a stunning range of courses, often in beautiful settings, makes Scotland an ideal base for a golfing holiday.
While most will recognise the names of Open Championship venues - Carnoustie, Muirfield, Royal Troon, St Andrews or Turnberry - or recent links developments which have garnered stunning plaudits - such as Castle Stuart, Kingsbarns or Trump International - what makes Scotland a perfect destination for visiting golfers is the sheer diversity and proliferation of courses.
You don't need to part with big money to experience great courses - of the almost 400 18 hole courses in Scotland that welcome visitors only 40 golf courses currently have green fees over £100. The midweek green fee at the majority of 18 hole golf courses in Scotland remains less than £45.
You can experience beautifully scenic 18 hole courses around Scotland at very reasonable rates - Ballater is £40 midweek, while Crieff, Grantown-on-Spey and Largs all have 18 holes green fees of £45 in 2021.
For those wanting to fill a couple hours, or perhaps are relatively new to the game, there are 167 9 hole golf courses - some particularly aimed at beginners, children or families.
The choice is huge, and there are bound to be options that suit your budget, experience or time.
Start your trip planning by browsing the full list of Scottish golf courses - which can be filtered to your preferences : course style, number of holes or region - to inspire you, or browse our suggested accommodation, from welcoming bed and breakfast properties to luxury 5 star hotels.