What is it with bucket lists?
If you cast your eye over any of the numerous golf publications, websites or social media channels whenever a new golf course opens its doors to the privileged few, the range of gushing reviews are almost guaranteed to incorporate the obligatory bucket list endorsement.
Every major golf playing nation has its own gold star golf courses and Scotland certainly has its fair share but what exactly constitutes bucket list status and where should the dedicated golf traveller head to across The Home of Golf to fulfil the search.
For keen students of golf history names like Prestwick, Musselburgh, North Berwick and Machrihanish hold special significance, taking you back to the very foundations of this great game. We all dream of walking in the footsteps of The Champion Golfer of The Year so the current Scottish venues for The Open Championship namely Carnoustie, The Old Course, Muirfield, Royal Troon & Turnberry all retain their magnetic charm with a combination of rich sporting history, glorious settings and the simple fearsome difficulty of these majestic links courses.
If Scottish golf bucket list for you means links & more links then you have to be looking at Royal Dornoch, Carnegie Links, Cruden Bay, Royal Aberdeen, Gullane, North Berwick, Gailes & Western Gailes. All very highly regarded by golf’s top players and all offer a fabulous experience for any visitor. Lovers of modern links design will be thrilled with Castle Stuart; located close to the Highland Capital Inverness as well as the Kingdom of Fife’s premium layouts at Kingsbarns and Dumbarnie.
For those who prefer their golf accompanied by some serious luxury then the glorious sporting playground that is The Gleneagles Hotel set in beautiful Perthshire and a recent host venue for both Ryder Cup & Solheim Cup should be a fixture on any List. Whilst staying there it would be wrong not to take the short trip up to Blairgowrie to sample the work of renowned golf architect Dr Alister MacKenzie.
The Western Isles provides not only some of the country’s finest scenery but following significant investment the area now boasts some majestic golf courses. The Machrie on Scotland’s whisky island Islay, Askernish on South Uist and the ultra exclusive Ardfin on Jura certainly require determination to get there but you are guaranteed the warmest of welcomes and the Scottish golf experience of a lifetime.
Scotland’s golf sector offers endless options for that special trip for golfers of all ability and ambition. Our legendary hospitality ensures you will be fully rested and relaxed each day allowing you to focus on your golf game on our mighty courses.
A Bucket List Golf Trip…..tick it off!
”Because in the end, you won’t remember the time you spent working in the office or mowing your lawn. Climb that goddamn mountain“