Golf

Golf has been played in Scotland for some six centuries. We’re not just the ‘Home of Golf’, but the birthplace too. The first courses, clubs – even rules – were established here, so it’s hardly surprising that it’s one of our national pastimes.

In Scotland golf belongs to one and all. You don’t have to be rich or famous to take to the green. Everyone is welcome to play on our courses - and our scenery is just as spectacular regardless of your ability.

Golf was our gift to the world and there can surely be no finer place on earth to play a round than where it all began. Our glorious land boasts over 550 courses. We’ll leave the tricky decision of where to tee-off first to you.

St Andrews

The Old Course at St Andrews is thought to be oldest in the world. It was here in 1764 that the18-hole layout was devised. Today it is the proud home of the Open Championships, which it currently hosts every five years – much to the delight of many.

Bobby Jones said that if he was only allowed to play one course in the world for the rest of his life, it would be the Old Course at St Andrew’s. Tiger Woods famously proclaimed this to be his favourite course in the world. But it’s not just the masters who have been seduced by this most iconic of courses.

For golfers worldwide, the Old Course at St Andrew’s is the ultimate pilgrimage. This is a place where mere mortals can walk – and play - in the footsteps of golf’s greatest. And, if they’re lucky, perhaps channel their skill.

Great Scots

Sandy Lyle MBE

Sandy was competing internationally when he was just 14, and was a prolific winner years before he turned pro in 1977. The first Brit to win the Masters Tournament (he famously hit from the bunker on the last to set up his triumphant birdie) Sandy went on to win 18 European Tours and was inaugurated into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2012.

Colin Montgomerie MBE

Or Monty, to his friends (and fans) is consistently ranked among the world’s best golfers and is one of Britain’s most admired sportsmen. Colin turned professional in 1987 and since then has notched up 41 tournament victories around the world. In 2013 was inaugurated into the World Golf Hall of Fame.

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