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Top 100 Scottish Courses #8 - Castle Stuart
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For a relatively new golf course, Castle Stuart Golf Links has already created a very illustrious history and had already secured its position in the world’s golfing pantheon.

Its spectacular impact on world golf courses occurred in its very first year in 2009, when Golf Magazine acclaimed it as a top new international course and immediately placed it at number 56 in the world list which is an incredible feat for a new golf course.

Then the beautifully crafted course, with phenomenal views over the Moray Firth to the hills and mountains beyond, shot to wider prominence in 2011 when it hosted the first ever European Tour event in the Scottish Highlands after Loch Lomond was removed from the European tour list

The Scottish Open, played at Castle Stuart for three successive years, and showcased this incredible Scottish course and its surroundings to a global television audience.

Castle Stuart is a restored tower house on the banks of the Moray Firth, about 6.5 miles northeast of Inverness.

The land the castle was built on was granted to James Stewart, 1st Earl of Moray by his half-sister, Mary, Queen of Scots, following her return to Scotland in 1561.[2] The successive murders of Stewart and his son-in-law, James Stewart, 2nd Earl of Moray, meant that the castle was finally completed by his grandson, James Stuart, 3rd Earl of Moray, in 1625.[2]

Though the castle initially flourished, it fell into disrepair as the fortunes of the House of Stuart sank during the English Civil War. The castle lay derelict for almost 300 years before being restored; it is now refurbished and used as a luxury hotel.

Having attracted international acclaim for its design, location and ability to be playable yet challenging for both amateurs and professionals, the course’s reputation has continued to burgeon and it made number 87 in Golf Digest’s 2014 Top 100 Courses in the World.
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Go Golf Scotland Top 100 Scottish Golf Courses #6- Kingsbarns
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Like lots of courses in Perthshire, Kingsbarns Links has an extensive golfing heritage and history with golf having been played on the course for over 200 years. The course was redeveloped in 2000 and is now considered one of the best links golf courses anywhere in world golf. Consistently ranked in with the top courses in the area and in the world, Kingsbarns is a proper links golf course, perfect for a golf break or vacation in Scotland.

The course designer has used the picturesque landscape to great effect and panoramic views of the surrounding area and incredible scenery is on view from every tee. As you would expect from a golf course of this stature, it is in prestige condition allowing golfers of all levels to recognise the undulating fairways and fast greens. Just a short distance from the ‘home of golf’ at St Andrews, the revered Kingsbarns Golf Links is steeped in history and visitors here will definitely feel the vibe of something special when arriving at the golf course.

Many of the holes at Kingsbarns will provide unforgettable experiences with the signature 15th hole or ‘Rocky Ness’ . This long par 3 directly opposite the seafront provides great views and an incredibly tough tee shot. When customizing a bespoke golf vacation or golf break to Scotland, Kingsbarns Golf Links should certainly feature high on the list of ' must play' golf links courses.

One of the top golf courses in the area, Kingsbarns Golf Links offers outstanding scenery, with six of the 18-holes actually skirting the sea, so you know you're playing a real links course. Crafted out of the magnificent landscape, the golf course is brilliantly maintained and will challenge players of all abilities to bring their best game, or else risk posting a high score around this great golf course.
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Top 100 Scottish Courses #7 - North Berwick Links
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In Scotland's golf coast of seaside golf courses, North Berwick’s West Links is a real treat. It has taken a considerable amount of time to get the course to this position but this has been time well spent as course set up is pristine.

Other than a recent upgrade too a top of the range irrigation system, there have been few significant changes. Some bunkers have been added or relocated and enlarged, Some of the medal tees were lengthened and the greens have been vastly improved, however the West Links that is play today is not so very different from the links played at the end of the nineteenth century.

There are three signature holes on the West Links :

The 13th (Pit). A relatively short par 4 that requires an imaginative approach to a sunken green behind a wall. Stop and marvel at the spectacular view out to Fidra, thought to be the inspiration for Robert Louis Stevenson’s “Treasure Island”.

The 14th (“Perfection”). History tells us that this hole is named as such because it requires two shots of perfection to hit the green in regulation. It may also be down to the sublime view, this time out towards the Bass Rock, home to one of the world’s largest gannet populations.

The 15th (“Redan”). A very difficult par 3 played to a large, heavily sloped green. Be very careful to avoid the hidden gully to the right front of the green. The hole plays every single inch of its length.

This course is a wonderful representation of Golf in this part of Scotland. A true links course with real character, a variety of different holes and a true test of Links golf.

Anyone playing this course will never leave short changed
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#4 - Trump Turnberry Ailsa Course
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Named after the third Marquess of Ailsa, who owned the land on which it was built, this par-71, 6,474-yard Championship course is one of golf's storied places. Home to four Open Championships, Ailsa has shaped some of the most remarkable moments in the tournament's history.

Set alongside the glorious Ayrshire coastline, with Arran and Ailsa Craig as a stunning backdrop, it is one of the finest golfing destinations in the world.

With its illustrious history spanning over 100 years, Trump Turnberry has added a new chapter to its inspiring story with over £200m invested by new owners The Trump Organization to completely restore and revamp the resort, including the Championship Ailsa course.

At its first Open Championship in 1977, the course was the scene of the famous "Duel in the Sun", when Tom Watson claimed a classic victory, one stroke ahead of Jack Nicklaus.

The two were paired during the final two rounds and finished well ahead of the rest of the field. They posted identical scores for the first three rounds, and were tied through the 16th hole of the final round. Nicklaus missed a short birdie putt on the par-5 17th hole to tie Watson, who had reached in two and birdied. On the par-4 18th hole, Nicklaus recovered from the rough and sank a lengthy birdie putt, which forced Watson to sink his short birdie putt to win, which he did. It was the second of Watson's five Open titles; down two strokes on the 13th tee, he bested Nicklaus by three shots over the final six holes.

Nine years later in 1986, Greg Norman claimed the first of his two Opens (his only major titles), winning by five strokes. Nick Price won his second major (and only Open) in 1994, a single stroke ahead of runner-up Jesper Parnevik.

After a fifteen-year absence, the Ailsa Course hosted the Open in 2009, where 59-year-old Watson nearly won his sixth Open Championship. Up by a stroke at the 72nd hole, his approach shot took an unfortunate bounce on the front of the green, then ran off the back and led to a bogey. Watson then lost a four-hole playoff with Stewart Cink by six strokes; Cink birdied the 72nd hole and then posted two pars and two birdies in the playoff to win his only major title.

In December 2015 the R&A announced that the 2020 Open Championship would not be played at Turnberry, even though it had previously been considered likely to host the tournament, because of controversial comments made by Donald Trump about Muslims.[12]

The Ailsa is one of the world’s most loved golf courses and has had the privilege of hosting the Open Championship four times, including the unforgettable 1977 Duel in the Sun. Since acquiring the resort in 2014, The Trump Organization and famed golf course architects Mackenzie & Ebert have completed a meticulous historic study and modern day review of the Ailsa course, creating a true masterpiece.

A selection of inspiring changes have been implemented including the creation of five dramatic and stunning new holes plus a range of alterations covering virtually every corner of the course. Since these changes have been made, the Ailsa has been ranked by Golf Monthly as the UK & Ireland’s number one golf course.

The Ailsa was also named ‘Redevelopment of the Year’ by Golf Inc Magazine, stating it as “an iconic property that has been restored immaculately without losing the proud history created over hundreds of years.’

All 18 holes have seen changes made with huge areas of turf moved between the various holes to complete the refurbishment.

A TopGolf course and the scenery is a joy to behold, Scenery that shows Scotland in all its glory. This golf course has fielded some of the PGA tours greatest ever players who could not tame this incredible golf course.
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#5 - Carnoustie (Championship Course)
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Golf has been played on this famous course - Carnoustie for well over 400 years. The first indication that the game was being played in the Angus town can be found in the Parish Records of 1560 when the game of 'gowff' was mentioned and there is every evidence that the game has played an important part in the town’s life ever since.

The Carnoustie Golf Club was formed, and history indicates that this could be the oldest artisan golf club in the world.

Around this time, the Carnoustie course only consisted of 10 holes, set out by Allan Robertson, who was renowned as the greatest golfer of his time and the man generally acknowledged to be the first golf professional. In 1867, Tom Morris Snr extended the course to 18 holes but it was not until 1926, when the great James Braid was brought in to oversee sweeping changes, that the course became ready to receive the Open Championship.

Since then, Carnoustie’s Championship course has become known as one of Britain’s finest, and most challenging, tests of golf. Occasionally, from time to time, the course was allowed to deteriorate but, under the watchful eye of now retired links Superintendent, John Philp, it has been restored and is now, not just a formidable challenge, but also one of the best-conditioned courses in the country as well.

Today, Carnoustie is visited by countless thousands of tourists, both from home and abroad. What they find is a course that is demanding but still eminently playable, provided the golfer hits the right shots at the right time. It is, in short, a wonderful test of golf, and one that compares with anything found elsewhere in the world.

Once again chosen to host the 2018 Open Championship - Carnoustie will once again bare it's teeth for the world to see - taking on the best players in the world and showing it's brutality - especially should the wind decide to blow.
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#4 - Trump Turnberry Ailsa Course
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Named after the third Marquess of Ailsa, who owned the land on which it was built, this par-71, 6,474-yard Championship course is one of golf's storied places. Home to four Open Championships, Ailsa has shaped some of the most remarkable moments in the tournament's history.

Set alongside the glorious Ayrshire coastline, with Arran and Ailsa Craig as a stunning backdrop, it is one of the finest golfing destinations in the world.

With its illustrious history spanning over 100 years, Trump Turnberry has added a new chapter to its inspiring story with over £200m invested by new owners The Trump Organization to completely restore and revamp the resort, including the Championship Ailsa course.

At its first Open Championship in 1977, the course was the scene of the famous "Duel in the Sun", when Tom Watson claimed a classic victory, one stroke ahead of Jack Nicklaus.

The two were paired during the final two rounds and finished well ahead of the rest of the field. They posted identical scores for the first three rounds, and were tied through the 16th hole of the final round. Nicklaus missed a short birdie putt on the par-5 17th hole to tie Watson, who had reached in two and birdied. On the par-4 18th hole, Nicklaus recovered from the rough and sank a lengthy birdie putt, which forced Watson to sink his short birdie putt to win, which he did. It was the second of Watson's five Open titles; down two strokes on the 13th tee, he bested Nicklaus by three shots over the final six holes.

Nine years later in 1986, Greg Norman claimed the first of his two Opens (his only major titles), winning by five strokes. Nick Price won his second major (and only Open) in 1994, a single stroke ahead of runner-up Jesper Parnevik.

After a fifteen-year absence, the Ailsa Course hosted the Open in 2009, where 59-year-old Watson nearly won his sixth Open Championship. Up by a stroke at the 72nd hole, his approach shot took an unfortunate bounce on the front of the green, then ran off the back and led to a bogey. Watson then lost a four-hole playoff with Stewart Cink by six strokes; Cink birdied the 72nd hole and then posted two pars and two birdies in the playoff to win his only major title.

In December 2015 the R&A announced that the 2020 Open Championship would not be played at Turnberry, even though it had previously been considered likely to host the tournament, because of controversial comments made by Donald Trump about Muslims.[12]

The Ailsa is one of the world’s most loved golf courses and has had the privilege of hosting the Open Championship four times, including the unforgettable 1977 Duel in the Sun. Since acquiring the resort in 2014, The Trump Organization and famed golf course architects Mackenzie & Ebert have completed a meticulous historic study and modern day review of the Ailsa course, creating a true masterpiece.

A selection of inspiring changes have been implemented including the creation of five dramatic and stunning new holes plus a range of alterations covering virtually every corner of the course. Since these changes have been made, the Ailsa has been ranked by Golf Monthly as the UK & Ireland’s number one golf course.

The Ailsa was also named ‘Redevelopment of the Year’ by Golf Inc Magazine, stating it as “an iconic property that has been restored immaculately without losing the proud history created over hundreds of years.’

All 18 holes have seen changes made with huge areas of turf moved between the various holes to complete the refurbishment.

A TopGolf course and the scenery is a joy to behold, Scenery that shows Scotland in all its glory. This golf course has fielded some of the PGA tours greatest ever players who could not tame this incredible golf course.
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#2 - Royal Dornoch ( Championship Course )

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It is said that golf was played in Dornoch in the early seventeenth venture.

The current golf club was established 139 years ago in 1877, and was awarded royal status in 1906 By King Edward VII. The design of the Championship Course is attributed to Old Tom Morris like so many others across Scotland.

Royal Dornoch is mesmerising and golfers of all levels from all over the world make the pilgrimage every year to this natural links Golf course at some point in their lives. This is definitely one of the must-play courses in Scotland and by far the best in the North of Scotland in my humble opinion.

It's the picturesque setting that makes Royal Dornoch such a phenomenal place to play golf. It's in the wild , exquisite and, at the same time, absolutely beautiful; there's the blaze of colour in early summer as the spring season comes to a close. The beach in summer is absolutely stunning and the crisp white sand divides the links from the Dornoch Firth and it all feels very surreal in this secluded part of Scotland

It is not just the Championship course that presents golfers with the challenges of links-land. The second course "the Struie" is enjoyable and has its challenges and at a modest green fee. it can also test golfers of calibre.

Tom Watson is an honorary member of Royal Dornoch, and is quoted as saying “It's the most fun I've ever had on a golf course”

Incredibly up to this point - Royal Dornoch has never hosted any professional tournaments which will hopefully change in the coming years.

It has hosted the British amateur championship and hopefully this gem of a golf course will very soon be host to an Open Championship.

A must-see , must play course

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So as we look to build golf tours and golf vacation across a number of golf courses in Scotland - building packages for all budgets and golfing capabilities , I would like to know what would be your choice of golf course to play - number them 1-10

1. Gleneagles
2. Turnberry Alisa
3. Muirfield
4. St Andrews Old Course
5. Carnoustie
6. Royal Dornoch
7. Loch Lomond
8. Royal Troon
9. Kings barns
10. Trump international

From playing on top quality Golf Courses in Scotland's Golfing Gold Coast - along Scotland's east coast where there is more more golf courses per square feet that any where else in the world , to the luxurious Fife & Perthshire featuring St Andrews , Carnoustie , Gleneagles or further to the North of Scotland and the Highlands to sample Royal Dornoch , Castle Stuart and Trump International plus many more or lastly venturing over to the West Coast of Scotland to sample the Luxury collection at Trump Turnberry , The legendary Royal Troon and Prestwick or the elegance of Loch Lomond including the Carrick Golf Course.

All of these golf courses offering a Golfing test for all levels - in some of the most picturesque locations seen anywhere in the world.

Let me know your top ten courses

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