- Activities and Sports - 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.
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.
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.
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.
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
As the weather can change quickly and the wind can be cold, it always pays to
keep a woollen sweater and waterproofs at hand.
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.
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 is one of the most popular golf courses in East Lothian.
Ness Golf Course at Fairways, Inverness
Leisure, Fun in the Highlands of Scotland.
Information for Americans planning their dream
golf vacation to Scotland.
Golf East Lothian
Golf Guide: Scottish Golf Course Directory