Scottish Links Golf Courses for £60 or less in 2018.
Scotland, where the game of golf was invented and where thousands of golf travellers descend every year on a voyage of discovery, eager to play the fantastic links golf courses that decorate the beautiful Scottish coastline. Such high demand for many of these wonderful courses has seen prices rise of late, making many of the supposed ‘trophy courses’ out of reach for many golfers due to both high prices and limited availability.
There is a solution to this for golfers who need to keep an eye on price. Located nearby to all the top links golf courses are a handful of hidden gems of outstanding quality, available for a fraction of the price. Just because a golf course doesn’t host a major or national championship, doesn’t mean it’s not superb course.
These hidden gem courses are of supreme quality, and in our opinion, offer visiting golfers a pure taste of what Scottish golf is all about. These courses are personal, friendly, often quirky, community based clubs, many of which boast a lengthier and richer history than some of the more renowned courses.
Ultimately, we want to share our beautiful country with the world, and doing this through the magnificent game of golf is an awesome way to do it. We know we’re lucky to have such a vast array of excellent and unique links golf courses and we want to share these courses with you – our fellow golfers.
Here is our list of truly fantastic links golf courses that YOU can play for £60 or less in 2018.
(£50 in April; £68 May-October)
Brora Golf Club provides the closest experience we have of golf as it was 100 years ago. It is a true example of a traditional links golf course. This beautiful stretch of links land in the north of Scotland still has livestock roaming the course – a natural way of keeping the rough in check. A must-play for the golfing purist and great value for money, it is unlikely that you will play another course that uses electric fences to keep livestock off the greens!
(All year: £59 weekdays; £90 weekends)
Inspired by the great links courses of Scotland, particularly those on land that are less dominated by dunes, Craigielaw is equal to many of the finest examples of such courses. Designed by Donald Steel, the course opened in 2001 and in this short period has been host to many national events including, the 2006 Scottish Amateur Strokeplay Championship and as a qualifying course for the 2007 British Seniors Open. Challenging greens, cavernous bunkers and spectacular views over the Firth of Forth await you.
(from £47 April & October; from £79 May – September)
A combination of stunning coastal views, centuries of history and hugely enjoyable golf is what makes Balcomie Links one of Scotland’s most finely polished links golf courses. This traditional, classic links course was laid out by the old master himself, Tom Morris, and opened in 1895. Created in the days when course design was governed by the natural lie of the land and not the mechanical earth mover, Balcomie has the unusual combination of three par 5s, six par 3s and nine par 4s, producing a tough overall par of 69.
FORTROSE & ROSEMARKIE
(all year from £55)
The Fortrose Golfing Society was formed 1793 and became Fortrose and Rosemarkie Golf Club, as it is known today, in 1888. The current course, designed by prolific course designer James Braid, is a fantastic example of a course where length isn’t everything. Despite the relatively short yardage, by modern standards, Fortrose and Rosemarkie requires a great deal of thought; those trying to overpower the course will quickly learn this is a risky strategy. Walking off this great links, having played to your handicap or better, is a fine achievement.
(All year: £50 weekdays; £60 weekends)
Fraserburgh is the 7th oldest golf club in the world, and although less well-known than the courses in the Aberdeen area just to the south, the links at Fraserburgh offers a thoroughly classic links golf experience. Walking down the first hole, the first-time visiting golfer will have no idea of the joyous golf course that awaits. The course comes alive from the 3rd hole onwards and is, more than anything else, a very enjoyable round of links golf.
(from £60 April & October; from £75 May – September)
The Barassie, located on the outskirts of Troon on Scotland’s south west coast, has 27 holes with which to test the golfer, complemented by excellent facilities in the clubhouse. Kilmarnock (Barassie) Golf Club offers everything golfers would expect from a Scottish links golf course; challenging fairways and greens as well as a friendly welcome. The club, which has an extensive history, has been offering golfers a real treat of traditional links golf since the 1800s.
(All year: £55 weekdays; £85 weekends)
Kilspindie Golf Club is one of the finest, lying hidden among the nature reserve of Aberlady Bay, the quaint village of Aberlady, and on the waters of the Firth of Forth. Kilspindie offers quick, deceptive greens; well-defined fairways; a good challenge, whatever your handicap!
(All year: £45 April & October; £70 May – September)
Whilst golf has been played at Leven since 1820, the game dates back to 1846 on parts of these links with the current configuration coming into being in 1909. The history of Leven Links is, suffice to say, long and complex but what is most important is the nature of the ground upon which it is built. Local conditions of winds and tides during prehistoric times, when sea levels were falling, combined to produce a series of parallel dune ridges which give Leven Links a truly unique signature.
(£45 April; £55 May; £60 June – September; £50 October)
Overlooking the Dornoch firth, Tain golf club offers a marvellous golfing experience, beautifully combining links & heath-land golf. Although the focus of the course is on accuracy, there a few occasions where distance is required to carry the threat of gorse and heather. Tain is another highland Gem and offers outstanding value.
(£45 April; £57 May – October)
The West Kilbride Golf Club lies on a beautiful strip of links land and raised beach adjacent to the coastal village of Seamill, West Kilbride and is the most northerly of Ayrshire’s true links courses. With its magnificent views of Arran, Bute and Cowal it makes a wonderful venue for the game and is a fine test of golf. The entire course is exposed to even the slightest breeze but with the strongest of winds coming from the South West and North West these are the times you will experience links golf at its most demanding.
To book your links golf getaway and include any of the above courses, get in touch with our expert team and start your discovery of links golf today.