Winter Golf in Scotland

Can’t wait for the golfing season to begin?! Check out some great value winter golf on Scotland’s iconic courses…

Winter Golf Tours in Scotland

Great value Scottish golf to warm your winter…

With the last groups of golfers leaving Scotland the end of the golf season was upon us. The temperatures have dropped and the days have become shorter. However those iconic golf courses are still here and available for all to play. So, if you can’t wait till the spring, why not book yourself a winter golf break to Scotland.

In this blog, we are going to give you a brief insight into the great value you can find playing some of Scotland’s top golf courses during the off season.


North Berwick West Links

Clubhouse North Berwick

This Open Championship Qualifying venue is located only 30 minutes from Edinburgh city centre. Voted as the 26th best golf course in Great Britain and Ireland. This picturesque golf course can be played for under GB£60 during the off season.

Gullane Golf Club

Gullane No1

Gullane is located only 5 minutes from North Berwick and also boasts some incredible courses. As well as being used as a Final Open Qualifying venue when The Open Championship is held at Muirfield, The Scottish Open is set to return here in 2018. There are 3 great courses at Gullane ideal for a winter golf break. You can play Gullane No.1 from GB£75 up until end of March. 

Crail Golfing Society

2nd Green Crail

Travelling further north into Fife, we come to Crail Golfing Society, set on the picturesque shores of the East Neuk. Founded in 1786, the Balcomie Links has been renowned as a hidden gem along Scotland’s East Coast. You can tee it up here for under GB£50 from November to March. Incredible value for winter golf in Scotland.

Carnoustie Golf Links

13th Hole, Carnoustie

One of the most famous links courses in the world, Carnoustie Championship Links is set to host The Open Championship in 2018 for the 8th time. There are also a further 2 courses on this fantastic piece of land, The Buddon and The Burnside. They can be played as part of 36 hole or even 54 hole package. Why not walk in the footsteps of legends and tee it up on the Championship Links. For under GB£90 until the end of March. You can then sit back, relax and watch The Open unfold this July and say ‘I’ve played that’…. 

St Andrews Links

St Andrews Old Course

Without a doubt the most famous piece of golfing real estate in the world! Boasting 7 golf courses, this golfing mecca could cater for your entire trip and you wouldn’t have to leave the town. The Old Course is the most famous golf course in the world and can often be very difficult to secure a tee time during the season. However between November and March you can guarantee yourself a round at the ‘Home of Golf’ for only GB£90. To play the ancient Old Course is a dream come true for every golfer!

Turnhouse Golf Club

14th green Turnhouse

As soon as you step off the plane at Edinburgh Airport, a great round of golf is right on your doorstep at Turnhouse Golf Club. Turnhouse is one of the top golf courses in Edinburgh and offers great rates especially during the winter months. Winter golf is available at Turnhouse from just GB£25!


Winter Play

Some points to note is that dependant on the weather conditions, some of the golf courses may opt to use fairway mats during the off season to protect their fairways. We can check all this information for you prior to your arrival.

So, if cooling temperatures and the occasional adverse weather condition doesn’t faze you then why not contact us regarding a winter golf break to Scotland?! We look forward to seeing you……….

Top Golf Courses in Scotland

Fairways Scotland asked European Tour Professional, Duncan Stewart, what his favourite golf courses are in Scotland. Check out the pro’s top 5 below….

European Tour Professional, Duncan Stewart

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 green at Turnhouse Golf Club. They rolled in a few putts and chatted about the Tour, the game and life in general. Pete asked the man from the highlands what his 5 favourite golf courses are in Scotland. Find his top 5 below…

No. 5 – Balgownie Links course, 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 received it’s ‘Royal’ title in 1903, granted by Edward VII. The course was originally designed by the Simpson Brothers, Archie and Robert of Carnoustie. James Braid then later re-bunkered and lengthened the course. In 2014, Royal Aberdeen Golf Club was host to the AAM Scottish Open, won by Mr Justin Rose.

Royal Aberdeen 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

Nairn Championship is a wonderful seaside links. Founded in 1887 and created from a wilderness of heather. The opening holes stretch out along the shoreline with the turn for home at the tenth. Nairn hosted two huge Amateur events; the 2012 Curtis Cup, won by Great Britain and Ireland. Also the 1999 Walker Cup, also won by Great Britain and Ireland. The likes of Paul Casey, Luke Donald and Matt Kucher have all competed here.

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


No. 3 – Moray Golf Club (Old Lossiemouth course)

Old Course, Moray Golf Club

Old Lossiemouth – par 71, 6578 yards

Initially set up as 7 holes in 1875 the course extended to the full glorious 18 holes in 1890. Designed by Old Tom Morris of St Andrews, the course is set on some breath-taking land over-looking the Moray Firth. The course seems untouched, as mother nature intended it to be. Many golfers view Lossiemouth as one of Scotland’s hidden gems. In fact some even claim the Par 4 18th is one of the finest holes in Scottish Golf.

Moray Old 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. The club 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. Golfing legend, Tom Watson also frequently visits and it’s easy to see why thousands of golfers each year flock to play this links.

Royal Dornoch Championship Links 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. James Braid added new bunkers, greens and tees in the 1920s to host The Open Championship in 1931. Carnoustie has also hosted the British Open seven times in total, last in 2007 and will again next year in 2018.

This course, steeped in history with hosting so many huge golfing events. Boasting British Open Winners such as Padraig Harrington, Paul Lawrie, Tom Watson and Ben Hogan. Hogan won at Carnoustie on his only appearance at The Open. Subsequently the 6th hole, ‘Hogan’s Alley’ is named after him. In all 4 tournament rounds Hogan aimed out of bounds left and faded the ball into the middle of the fairway to avoid the tricky bunkers. Leaving him in position to reach this tough par 5 in 2.

Carnoustie Golf Links 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. 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.


Your top 5 golf courses

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Working with Visit Scotland

Fairways Scotland is happy to announce that we are working with VisitScotland to help promote golf tourism in Scotland in 2017 and beyond

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Welcome To Scotland

VisitScotland is the official home of Scotland’s national tourist board. Their website is a must use online resource for anyone thinking about planning a trip to Scotland.

Some VisitScotland Highlights

VisitScotland provides fantastic information on all aspects of visiting Scotland; from sampling the cultural highs of Edinburgh to off-the-beaten-track mountain treks. However here at Fairways Scotland we have a particular interest in a certain pastime involving a small white ball and 18 challenging holes! Thankfully with Scotland being the Home of Golf, there is no shortage of great information about golf on the VisitScoltand website.
Here are a few highlights which we think any keen golfer will find of interest!

The Best Golf Holes in Scotland

What’s the single best golf hole in Scotland? A nearly impossible question to answer, and probably a matter of personal taste. But we think this list compiled by VisitScotland comes pretty close: https://www.visitscotland.com/blog/golf/best-golf-holes/

Postage Stamp, Royal Troon Golf Club
Postage Stamp, Royal Troon Golf Club

Golf’s Tea Time Treats

Here at Fairways we know that there’s nothing better after a day on the golf course than some delicious food. Luckily Scotland boasts some of the finest cuisine in the world; from fresh seafood straight off the boat, to our world famous Aberdeen Angus beef. Delicious, seasonal, locally-sourced food is never far away from your plate (and your stomach!):
https://www.visitscotland.com/blog/food-drink/golf-food/

Calders Terrace, Carnoustie Golf Hotel
Calders Terrace, Carnoustie Golf Hotel

Official Golf Tours

Now we might be a little bit biased here, but we truly believe that the best way to discover all that this wonderful country has to offer is to book your trip through a local, dedicated and exclusive tour operator. Someone like Fairways Scotland (well we did warn you were a bit biased). We are proud to be an officially listed tour operator through VisitScotland.

Planning Your Trip to Scotland

Want to find out more about how planning a golf trip to Scotland? Get in touch with our dedicated team and find out how Fairways Scotland can help you have the trip of a lifetime to Scotland.