Top Golfing Getaways in Scotland
Scotland is one of the best destinations in the world for a golfing break. With regular PFA competitions held on some of its finest courses, purpose built hotels and spas plus six century history of the sport, golf enthusiasts will be spoilt for choice when deciding where to play. We take a look at the top 5 golfing getaways in Scotland:
Home to three championship golf courses, Gleneagles is arguably the most famous of all UK golf courses. Host venue for the 2014 Ryder Cup, Gleneagles has been awarded the accolade of “Best Golf Resort in the World” in 2015 from UltraTravel for the fourth year running. For those wanting to play themselves, there are four courses to choose from, including the PGA centenary course, plus state of the art pitch & putt and practice areas. The courses are part of The Gleneagles Hotel, Perthshire, Scotland, where you can be pampered after reaching the 18th hole. Short breaks and package deals are available, with excellent on site restaurants and activity centres, where you can add a little fishing or falconry to your trip. A train from Kings Cross will take around 7 hours and a drive from London will take a little longer, so you may want to break up your journey with an overnight stay.
Boasting 7 magnificent courses, this famous course is a 1 hour drive from Edinburgh, meaning you can combine a city break with a short golfing holiday. Home to the 2015 Open, the course attracts thousands of eager golfers each year. You can buy tickets now, for the 2015 competition or you can simply book to play golf yourself. With three club houses on the course you can enjoy food and snacks throughout the day. Rufflets Country House Hotel is an ideal base to explore the area or if you cannot pack enough golf into your weekend.
Old Course Hotel, Restaurant and Spa
If you want to extend your stay in St Andrews, why not make your holiday into a mini golfing tour and stay at this fantastic hotel and spa, where you can enjoy another round or two. The five star hotel has excellent views over the golf course and is home to luxury spas and beauty rooms as well and fine dining restaurants. Finish off your stay with an overnight trip to Edinburgh or Glasgow to take in a little Scottish culture and sample some local haggis with neeps and tatties!
The Westerwood Hotel
If you fancy a trip to the West of Scotland, head to Stirling for a stay at the Westerwood. Just a 14 minute drive from Stirling city centre and just 12 miles from Glasgow, you can stay as part of a tour of Scotland or head straight to the hotel for a short golfing break. The 18 hole course was designed by the one and only Seve Ballesteros, alongside Dave Thomas, so it has professional details. The Waterfall Hole is the course’s signature 3 par hole that is not for the faint hearted. You don’t have to move from the hotel as it has all the facilities you will need on site.
Carnoustie is a championship golf course with excellent hotel and spa facilities, situated in Angus coast between Dundee and Arbroath. You can emulate the play of some of your favourite golfers who have completed a round or two in this challenging course, then relax in the amazing clubhouse after the last hole. The hotel is home to the award winning Dalhousie fine dining restaurant that serves up traditional Scottish dishes and, of course, whiskey. The drive from London will take over 9 hours, so it may be an option to stay somewhere central overnight or book a flight if you fancy splashing out.