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Scotland - Activities and Sports - Golf

Golf (or 'gowf' as it was originally called) has been played throughout Europe in one form or another since at least the 14th century. It was the Scots however that established the official game and laid down the rules. Golf was popular in the eastern towns in particular - Aberdeen, St. Andrews and Leith where the rolling sandy land lent itself perfectly to the game.

In 1744 the Gentlemen Golfers of Leith drew up the first Articles & Laws in Playing at Golf. Although later revised and updated, these original rules formed the framework for the modern game of golf.

By the middle of the 1700s the game had become a popular pastime with the Royals, and King James VI and his mother, Mary Queen of Scots, were both keen players.

Golfers have been travelling to Scotland in droves since the late 1800's and today Scotland, aside from being the "home of golf", offers 540 scenic, challenging and classic golf courses from the famous St. Andrews or Royal Troon to the golfing gems of Portpatrick, Brora, and Musselburgh.

When to go

The Scottish golfing season starts in April and runs to mid-October however links courses can be played throughout the year. The best weather is during May and September when clearer skies and more moderate temperatures make for ideal conditions.

What to wear

As the weather can change quickly and the wind can be cold, it always pays to keep a woollen sweater and waterproofs at hand.

Booking Tee Times

Courses such as St Andrews require written applications to play to be lodged 18 months in advance. Other courses are more flexible when welcoming casual golfers, however always check tee time availability as far in advance as possible.

Useful Links

Crail Golfing Society
The 7th Oldest Golf Club in the world. Some of the finest links golf in Scotland - many say the world - since 1786.

Glen Golf Club
The Glen Golf Club is one of the most popular golf courses in East Lothian.

Loch Ness Golf Course at Fairways, Inverness
Golf, Leisure, Fun in the Highlands of Scotland.

The Independent Golfer
Information for Americans planning their dream golf vacation to Scotland.

Aristocrat Golf Gifts
St.Andrews
Scottish Golf Union
Golf East Lothian
GolfPrints.net
Uk Golf Guide: Scottish Golf Course Directory


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