Links golf & beautiful beaches
As Scotland endures continued wet weather and strong winds, spring and summer sunshine can’t come quick enough for us golfers. To celebrate The Year of Coasts and Waters, we are going to feature a few of Scotland’s golf courses that have award winning beaches on their doorstep. Or indeed are part of the course itself! What’s better after a tough round of golf on the links than a stroll along a beautiful beach…or even to take a dip – come on in the water’s lovely!
Prestwick Golf Club
Prestwick Old Course is famed the world around for hosting the first ever Open Championship back in 1860. The club continues to draw in golf fanatics from around the world to play this historical Links course. With many demanding holes, pot bunkers and the quirkiness of a traditional links course its great fun for golfers of any skill level to enjoy.
After enjoying your golfing experience at Prestwick, only a few miles south is one of Scotland’s award winning beaches, Ayr Beach. This west coast beach offers activities for all the family as well as exceptional views across to Ailsa Craig and the Isle of Arran. A blissful way to enjoy some down time away from the course.
St Andrews Links
Well the ‘Home of Golf’ speaks for itself and is without a doubt the golfing mecca of the world. Avid golfers are spoiled with a selection of 6 golf courses on their doorstep; Strathtyrum, Eden, Balgove, Jubilee, New and the famous ‘Old course’, all on the same piece of land. St Andrews also offers a number of other courses located on the outskirts of the town.
After walking this famous piece of golfing ground, following in the footsteps of golfing legends you may wish to clear your head and enjoy some time on the adjacent West Sands Beach. West Sands beach offers mile after mile of golden sands and dunes. It was here they filmed the opening scenes to the film ‘Chariots of Fire’. It’s a beautiful place to enjoy some time out and let your woes drift away.
Moray Golf Club, Old Lossiemouth
When the term hidden gem was created, it was created to describe ‘Old Lossie’. The Old course is as traditional a links course you will find anywhere in Scotland. Course provides undulating fairways, smooth fast greens and 7 par 4’s over 400 yards long. Not only that, you will likely experience some of the trickiest wind conditions to make even the world’s best golfers look foolish.
Only a few minutes away along the Moray Firth Coast (voted one of the most breath-taking coasts in the world in a National Geographic Traveller magazine survey), Lossiemouth boasts 2 beautiful beaches; the East and West Beach. East beach has stunning sand dunes and with sand makes it a great place to walk and enjoy the sea views. The West Beach also has Covesea lighthouse which opened to visitors in 2013. From the top, visitors get the best views of the neighbouring RAF base.
Royal Dornoch Golf Club
Royal Dornoch is a household name around the world. Surrounded by coast & waters, it is one of those stunning traditional links courses that you can never tire of playing. Consistently ranked amongst the top golf courses in the world it attracts golfers from around the globe all year round. This continues year after year. A traditional links of 9 holes away from the club and 9 back.
As you hit the Par 5 9th hole you have the Dornoch Firth to your left side and the stunning Dornoch Beach. An award-winning beach to accompany an award-winning golf course. It offers miles of golden sands stretching up to Brora and Golspie as well as crystal clear waters and sheltering sand dunes in places. It’s a beach that makes you feel at times you’re the only person on earth…. true bliss.
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These are just a select few of Scotland’s top golf course that are complimented alongside some stunning coastal waters and beaches. There are many more scattered all around this wonderful golfing country. So ‘water’ you waiting for… now is the time to dive in and discover Scotland’s Coasts and Waters! Contact us today to start planning your trip!