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BEST 18 SCOTTISH GOLF HOLES – THE DREAM COURSE

Best 18 Scottish golf holes

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One of the problems you inevitably encounter with these ‘fantasy’ golf courses is when you come up against a designated hole that has three or four strong candidates to represent it. What might a Scottish course look like if we were able to remove this restriction? Faraway Fairways have put together our best 18 Scottish golf holes; a dream course. Our only restriction was a mandatory par of 72. This did cause us to introduce a par 3 when we would have preferred the par 5, fourteenth at St Andrews, but otherwise we’re happy with our construct


Hover over image and use forward and backward arrows on the right and left of frame to navigate our best 18 Scottish golf holes

 

 

HOLE
NUMBER
YARDS HOLE
NUMBER
YARDS
1
The fourteenth at the Trump International 445 yds,
par 4
10 The eighteenth at Carnoustie 499 yds,
par 4
2
The twelfth at Kingsbarns, ‘Orrdeal’ 606 yds,
par 5
11 The eleventh at Royal Troon, ‘The Railway Hole’ 490 yds,
par 4
3 The ninth at Trump Turnberry, ‘Bruce’s Castle’ 248yds,
par 3
12 The seventeenth at St Andrews, the Old Course 495 yds,
par 4
4 The eighteenth at Muirfield 473 yds,
par 4
13 The fifteenth at North Berwick 190yds,
par 3
5 The third at Prestwick, ‘The Cardinal’ 533 yds,
par 5
14 The tenth at Trump Turnberry, ‘Dinna Fouter’ 562yds,
par 5
6
The sixth at Eyemouth 167 yds,
par 3
15 The first at Machrihanish, ‘The Battery’ 436 yds,
par 4
7 The fourteenth at Royal Dornoch, ‘Foxy’ 445 yds,
par 4
16 The sixth at Carnoustie, ‘Hogan’s Alley’ 520yds,
par 5
8 The sixth at Cruden Bay, ‘Bluidy Burn’ 525yds,
par 5
17 The eighth at Royal Troon, ‘The Postage Stamp’ 123 yds,
par 3
9 The sixth at the Trump International 183 yds,
par 3
18 The eighteenth at Moray Lossiemouth, ‘Home’ 408 yds,
par 4


 

We wanted our opening assignment to be a statement hole, one where you stand on the tee box and find yourself spontaneously smiling at what’s laid out on the fairway ahead. Some holes had a dramatic sense of climax to them, but we went for the exposed and elevated tee at the Trump International on the fourteenth. We felt this hole better summed up a sense of dynamic beginning. After completing the first we decided to invite you to open your shoulders and go for bold hitting holes. Kingsbarns, Turnberry, Muirfield and Prestwick line up until we reach the sixth where we decided to place greater emphasis on drama with Eyemouth’s signature par 3, sixth. Strategy becomes the watch word now as Dornoch, and Cruden Bay join the party. By the time we reached the tenth we wanted to introduce an ‘Amen’ corner and put together three of the toughest par 4’s known to golf. In their most recent Open Championships they all played SI 1. Carnoustie’s eighteenth is a well storied graveyard. It’s followed by two of the biggest monsters known to golf, Troon’s ‘Railway hole’, the Old Course’s ‘Road Hole’. The scoring average from their most recent Open Championship of 4.559, and 4.655 respectively, means that if you could navigate your way through this trio unscathed then it would be a remarkable performance. The likelihood however is that you’ve dropped shots so we wanted to tempt you into fighting back with some risk and reward holes to close. Carnoustie’s sixth, has a brave line with a punitive out of bounds for the errant. Royal Troon’s eighth, the Postage Stamp isn’t difficult, but it is severe if you get it wrong. We made it our penultimate hole. Think Sawgrass. Our final hole is a genuine eighteenth, famed for spectacularly crashing the best constructed round

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