How to Choose the Best Golf Courses in Scotland

When planning a trip to Scotland, one of the first things people consider are the best golf courses to play at while there. Being the “Home of Golf”, this is completely understandable, but where should you begin for this list? What should you be looking for exactly in the best courses? While everyone has something different they want in a golf course, we would like to offer our suggestions of the best courses in Scotland by area. Of course, you can always see all of our best course suggestions on our golfing packages page.

Carnoustie Country

With over 30 incredible golf courses from which to choose, Carnoustie Country is home to many Open Qualifying venues and historical links.

  • Panmure
  • Montrose
  • Championship Course
  • Monifieth
  • Scotscraig

St Andrews

The “Home of Golf”, St Andrews is home to the oldest and most well-known golf courses in golfing history.

  • Old Course
  • Castle Course
  • New Course


Ayrshire is home to the “Birthplace of the Open” and offers more than 50 golf courses from which to choose.

  • Prestwick Old
  • Dundonald
  • Western Gailes
  • Ailsa
  • Irvine Bogside Golf Club

The Highlands

Known for its stunning and breathtaking scenery, The Highlands will offer challenging golf courses as well as incredible views while visiting Scotland.

  • Royal Dornoch
  • Castle Stuart
  • Durness

Lothian and Borders

Lothian and Borders has an even climate, offering the ability for golfers to play golf all year round.

  • Muirfield
  • Gullane
  • West Course
  • Galloway
  • Eyemouth


Longer summer days allow golfers to enjoy the golf courses in Aberdeen even more with their challenges and scenic views.

  • Royal Aberdeen
  • Trump International Golf Links

Machrihanish and The Islands

Ferry or plane rides to The Islands while enjoying the wild terrain and coastal backdrop will start your golf experience out right as you enjoy the golf courses at Machrihanish and The Islands.

  • Askernish
  • Mar Hall