European Tour Professional Duncan Stewart - Top 5 Scottish Golf Courses!

On a Sunny October afternoon Fairways Scotland Director and PGA Professional Pete, bumped into Duncan on the practice putting green at Turnhouse GC. After rolling in a few putts and chatting about the Tour, the game and life in general, Pete asked the man from the highlands what his 5 favourite courses were in Scotland.......here were his answers.

No. 5 - Royal Aberdeen Golf Club

Royal Aberdeen Balgownie Links, Royal Aberdeen – par 71, 6900 yards

Founded in 1780 as the Society of Golfers at Aberdeen and later renamed the Aberdeen Golf Club in 1815, the club did not receive it’s ‘Royal’ title until it was granted in 1903 by Edward VII. The Course was originally designed by the Simpson Brothers, Archie and Robert of Carnoustie and later re-bunkered and lengthened by James Braid. In 2014, Royal Aberdeen Golf Club hosted the AAM Scottish Open, which was won by Mr Justin Rose.

Royal Aberdeen was voted 9th in Scotland's best Courses in 2017 rated by top100golfcourses.com.

No. 4 - Nairn Championship Links

Nairn Golf Club Nairn Golf Club – par 72, 6721 yards

Championship seaside links founded in 1887 and created from a wilderness of heather. Opening holes stretch out along the shoreline with the turn for home at the tenth. Nairn was host to two huge Amateur events, the 2012 Curtis Cup, which was won by Great Britain and Ireland and the 1999 Walker Cup, which was also won by Great Britain and Ireland. The Likes of Paul Casey, Luke Donald and Matt Kucher all competed here.

Nairn Championship Links was voted 20th in Scotland's best courses in 2017 rated by top100golfcourses.com

No. 3 - Moray Golf Club (Old Lossiemouth)

Old Course, Moray Golf Club Old Lossiemouth - par 71, 6578 yards

Initially set up as 7 holes back in 1875 the course was extended to the full glorious 18 holes in 1890 and was designed by Old Tom Morris of St Andrews. The course is set on some breath-taking land over-looking the Moray Firth and seems untouched as mother nature intended it to be. Old Lossiemouth is viewed as one of Scotland's hidden gems.

Moray Old was voted 28th in Scotland's best courses 2017 rated by top100golfcourses.com

No. 2 - Royal Dornoch Championship Links

Royal Dornoch Royal Dornoch Championship Links – par 70, 6514 yards

It is a wild course and isolated with a pure white sandy beach dividing it from the Dornoch Firth and has hosted golfers since 1616. The unique features of the links land have been used to create a magical golfing experience. Uttered by the locals as one of the finest golfing tests in the world and frequently visited by a legend that is Tom Watson, it's easy to see why thousands of golfers each year flock to play this links.

Royal Dornoch Championship Links was voted 2nd in Scotland's best courses 2017 rated by top100golfcourses.com

No. 1 - Carnoustie Championship Links

Carnoustie Carnoustie Championship Links – par 72, 7143 yards

Golf has been played at Carnoustie Golf links since the early 16th century. Over the years, the course has had major modifications to make it the championship course it is today with James Braid adding new bunkers, greens and tees in the 1920s to host The Open Championship in 1931. Carnoustie has gone on to host the British Open seven times in total, last in 2007 and will again next year in 2018. This course is steeped in history with hosting so many huge golfing events and boasting British Open Winners such as Padraig Harrington, Paul Lawrie, Tom Watson and Ben Hogan who won on his only appearance at The British Open and has subsequently had the 6th hole named after him, 'Hogan's Alley'. In all 4 tournament rounds Hogan aimed out of bounds left and faded the ball left to right into the middle of the fairway to avoid the tricky bunkers and leave him in position to reach this tough par 5 in 2.

Carnoustie Golf Links was voted 5th in Scotland's best courses 2017 rated by top100golfcourses.com

What's next for Duncan?

Looking at those courses you can see the man from Grantown-on-Spey favours the Northern Courses, but who could argue as they are all exceptional! Duncan narrowly just missed out on retaining his European Tour Card for 2018 so he flies out to Spain this week to participate in Final Qualifying at Lumine Golf Club, Tarragona, Spain. Everyone at Fairways Scotland wishes Duncan the best of luck for the week ahead and look forward to seeing him back on tour again next year.