Best Value courses in Scotland
May 17, 2018
Scotland is an unforgettable journey for many golfers, and even they are the lucky ones. But smart golfers, especially from the UK and Europe, know how to find ways to keep coming back. The trick to save money in Scotland is to first avoid the Open Championship courses that require a premium to follow in the footsteps of historic champions. Links courses, rare as they are, charge a premium (everything below $ 100 is a pretty good bargain), so don't be afraid to visit a few moors or park courts to find some of the best courses in Scotland .
Green fees are low on these excellent links courses, but getting there can be tricky. The first example is Machrihanish (Old) and Machrihanish Dunes. The drive to the Mull of Kintyre can take around four hours, but when you arrive, the links are charming and sparingly played. Both courses offer competitive green fees for those who make the trip. You can add a third course that is an even deeper bargain, Dunaverty, that on certain days on an & # 39; honorary box & # 39; works.
Also on the west side of Scotland is one of the better bargains in the park. Doug Carrick is known by Canadians as one of the best golf course architects in the country, but he is a lesser known name compared to Old Tom Morris and James Braid. So his design at Loch Lomond, The Carrick Course (image above), stands well above the green fee with beautiful views of mountains and lakes.
The Kingdom of Fife is of course known for St. Andrews, but there are so many golf courses that a player can literally name his prize for a round of golf. Perhaps the best course in Scotland is Crail Golfing Society, which has two links courses that are beautifully picturesque. It is also a rare opportunity to play not only one of the oldest links jobs in the UK, the Balcomie Links, but also one of Gil Hanse & # 39; s earlier solo designs, the Craighead.
The two links at Fairmont St. Andrews are also worth mentioning. They are both very nice and stay-and-play packages that contain a room in these luxury hotels, sometimes up to $ 150 per person. Many Fairmonts in the US charge more than $ 300 for a room only. The St. Andrews Links Trust has a 3- and 7-day Links Ticket that allows unlimited golf on six of their seven courses (with the exception of the old ones).
East Lothian is an excellent area for some of the best courses in Scotland. Craigielaw Golf Club and Kilspindie are neighbors and reward golfers who want to add a few laps after playing the more acclaimed neighbors such as Muirfield or North Berwick. The three courses of Gullane are led by number 1, a host of Scottish Open, but the numbers 2 and 3 are shorter but a deeper bargain.
Gullane is not the only historical club with multiple courses. Royal Troon (Portland Course) and Carnoustie (Burnside and Buddon links) are examples of Open Championship locations with extra links that you can enjoy less.
There are a few other ways to save in Scotland: look for day tickets instead of 18-hole rounds, so you can get more golf for your money. Green fees for visitors in many clubs can be more expensive on weekends (also with fewer available times) versus midweek. Caddies are great but expensive, so stay with a push cart instead. Shelter can be cheaper in the off-peak months such as April, so even if the golf courses start to charge summer prices, your room can be cheaper. Some courses also offer last minute specials and twilight rates. Please note that the summer months have a lot of sunshine and that you can still enter 18 holes at 6:00 pm
There are many more affordable courses in Scotland that you probably have never heard of, that can be played for a fraction of the courses with top links. Our advice for your next trip is to save a day or two and take a chance on one. Even if it's peculiar, you can really enjoy the unique experience.