The Golf Courses of Scotland
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Scotland is about the same size of South Carolina, yet has FOURTEEN golf courses ranked in the world’s top-100 by Golf Digest. Of these all but Loch Lomond can be played with the right preparation. In addition to these, Northern Ireland is relatively easy to combine with a golf trip to Scotland, and can add another two top-20 courses to your list possibilities.
Not only does Scotland have these apex courses, it also has some particularly curious gems. Prestwick hosted the inaugural Open Championship of Golf back in 1860 and can claim to be the root of all championship play. Musselburgh is has lost ground from it’s 19th century heyday, but for so long as it remains open, it is the oldest course in the world. Royal Burgess is the oldest club in the world with a continuous verifiable history. Gleneagles added a Ryder Cup to it’s portfolio in 2014 to complement the claim to have the world’s finest ‘moorland’ course. And if you’re looking for a real pioneer experience, why not play Machrihanish Dunes? Although built in 2009, this course has observed many of the links traditions before the machine earth moving age, and is about as faithful to the concept of a natural links from the 18th century as you can probably get