Chris Robb, domes and mansion at the Meldrum House Country Hotel & Golf Course
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The birthplace of the game and home to more than 550 golf courses, Scotland is a dream trip for almost any golf enthusiast. Whether you are traveling there to play the famous golf courses, explore the Highlands, stroll through the historic town of St Andrews or have a sip of whiskey by the source, Scotland is a travel destination to remember.
With more than 6,000 miles of coastline, Scotland is ideal for links-style golf courses with ocean views and challenging breezes. Inland, Scotland’s parkland courses feature rolling hills, mature trees and lush grass. Most golfers want to experience a variety of golf courses during one trip and perhaps stay in multiple hotels. So keep in mind that some of Scotland’s best golf courses are away from hotel complexes and many wonderful hotels, historic castles and luxury resorts are separate from but within easy reach of golf courses.
We have compiled this list of resorts that combine luxury accommodations, quality dining and lavish amenities with exceptional golf. When you’re ready to pack your clubs and head out across the pond, consider some of these excellent golf resorts in Scotland.
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The Gleneagles Hotel
The golf course at The Gleneagles Hotel
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The three championship golf courses and one nine-hole course include The King’s Course, The Queen’s Course and the PGA Centenary Course, which hosts both the Ryder and Solheim Cups. With five-star luxury and the Michelin-starred Andrew Fairlie Restaurant, the resort offers elegant rooms and suites, classic decor, an expansive spa and a variety of outdoor activities. Off-road driving, horse riding, falconry, fishing, biking, shooting, tennis, and hiking are many ways to enjoy the resort’s 850 acres.
Old Course Hotel, St. Andrews
The hotel, truly the “home of golf”, is adjacent to the most famous golf course in the world, The Old Course, with the 700 year old Swilcan Bridge on the final fairway, which features countless photos of golfers who are delighted to have played the historic course to have. The five-star hotel offers classic Scottish style with modern comfort, a Kohler Waters Spa and an indoor pool. Dine with a view at the Road Hole Restaurant or enjoy pub fare at the Jigger Inn, the 150 year old 19th hole.
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General views of the King Robert the Bruce course at Trump Turnberry
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The historic resort on the south-west Scottish coast of Ayrshire dates back to 1906 and offers breathtaking views from the guest rooms, suites, villas and the unique Lighthouse Suite, which is located on the ruins of King Robert the Bruce’s castle. Two 18-hole golf courses and one nine-hole golf course are the Ailsa course, which has hosted four Open Championships, and the King Robert the Bruce course with views of the coast and the lighthouse. Dining options include the resort’s signature 1906 restaurant and the Grand Tea Lounge and Bar.
Mar Hall Golf & Spa Resort
Located in the Scottish countryside, this 150 acre wooded lot is 10 minutes from Glasgow International Airport. The five-star resort’s luxurious accommodations include guest rooms, suites, lodge rooms and dog-friendly rooms. The Decleor Spa, indoor pool, fitness center, and jogging trails offer a variety of activities. The 18-hole Earl of Mar championship golf course overlooks the River Clyde and has a challenging layout.
Royal Golf Hotel Dornoch
Aerial view of the clubhouse and the 1st par 4, Royal Dornoch, Championship Course
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The four-star hotel’s accommodations include 22 en-suite guest rooms with views of the golf course and Dornoch Firth, and 14 two-bedroom, two-bathroom apartments. Steps away is the award-winning Royal Dornoch, a historic links-style golf course overlooking the Dornoch Firth. Guests can explore the town of Dornoch, which is home to a magnificent 13th century cathedral, bishop’s palace, sandstone huts and the old town prison.
Greywalls Hotel & Chez Roux Restaurant
View of the golf course from the Greywalls Hotel & Chez Roux Restaurant
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Overlooking the famous Muirfield Square, the hotel offers 17 rooms, each with a unique decor and antique furniture, as well as separate cottage rooms. Greywalls was originally built as a vacation home and has six acres of gardens, restaurants, and afternoon tea. The private Muirfield course can be booked through the Greywalls Hotel, and there are other courses within a few miles: Gullane, Luffness, North Berwick, Renaissance and Archerfield.
The Ugadale Hotel
This luxurious, centuries-old resort is just steps from the first tee of Machrihanish Golf Club and overlooks the Atlantic Ocean and the islands of the Southern Hebrides. Twenty-two guest rooms and suites and eight two-bedroom cottages next door offer a variety of accommodations. Two superb golf courses, Machrihanish Dunes, opened in 2009, and Machrihanish Golf Club, designed by Old Tom Morris himself in 1879, share ocean views and challenging links-style game.
Meldrum House Country Hotel & Golf Course
View from room 606 at the Meldrum House Country Hotel & Golf Course
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In the Aberdeenshire countryside on 240 acres, this 13th century mansion offers a variety of dining options including the seasonal outdoor domes under the stars. The Knights Golf Course is 7,000 meter long parkland with ponds, bunkers, and mature trees that add to the landscape and challenge.
Fairmont St. Andrews
Fairmont St. Andrews golf course
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The luxurious five-star property is located on the 520 hectare North Sea coast, about three kilometers from the city of St. Andrews. Elegant accommodations, a spa, pool, fitness center and a variety of restaurants make the Fairmont an excellent base from which to explore the home of golf. The Fairmont offers two golf courses, The Kittocks, overlooking the River Tay and the North Sea, and The Torrance, a traditional Scottish links course.
Carnoustie Golf Hotel
The three challenging and scenic Carnoustie Golf Links courses include the Burnside, the Budden and the Carnoustie Champion Course, the venue for eight Open Championships. The hotel offers 95 luxurious en suite rooms and 10 suites with views of the sea and Carnoustie town, as well as a spa, heated pool, sauna and fitness center.