Scotland's North Coast
Probably Scotland's best kept secret, the north coast courses are truly golfing gems. The jewel in the Highland golfing crown is definitely Royal Dornoch Golf Club, universally rated as being in the world's top 20 golf courses and long considered to be Donald Ross’s masterpiece.
The relatively new and spectacular Castle Stuart Golf Links, just outside Inverness, has arrived in true style, hosting the Scottish Open in 2013 which was won by Phil Mickelson, his maiden win on Scottish Soil. Nairn is certainly one of Scotland's finest and most picturesque links courses hard by the water with ever-present wind.
Golf at Cruden Bay is full of surprises, very much a traditional links with humps, hollows and greens tucked into unimaginable spots, a pure joy to play. Royal Aberdeen is a highly rated traditional links course, the seventh oldest in the world. And new arrival, Trump is a spectacular triumph in the high dunes just outside Aberdeen, surely destined to be one of the greatest. These six links courses together are a match for the best in the world.
Day 1: Arrive in Scotland
Arrive in Scotland, pick up your rental car and head to Dornoch for a 3-night stay.
Day 2: Golf at Royal Dornoch Golf Club
A shrine for the devoted, the Royal Dornoch Golf Club has been described as “one of the greatest courses in the five continents” by five-time Open Champion Tom Watson. Herbert Warren Wind said “…no golfer has completed his education until he has played and studied Royal Dornoch”. The remote setting, magnificent history and incredible plateau greens combine to ensure an invigorating and unforgettable round of golf. Founded 1877.
Day 3: Golf at Castle Stuart Golf Links
Castle Stuart Golf Links is a true links of the Highlands overlooking the Moray Firth, Kessock Bridge and the Black Isle. It is the perfect compliment to Royal Dornoch and Nairn. Hosting the Scottish Open on several occasions, the golfing world has watched the coverage on television in awe and wants to go there.
Day 4: Golf at Nairn Golf Club
Majestic views over Moray Firth and the beautiful seaside town of Nairn combine with the warm and encouraging welcome with which golfers are greeted to create a refreshing playing atmosphere at this pleasant club. A superb golfing challenge. Founded 1897. After golf, head to Aberdeen for a 3-night stay.
Day 5: Golf at Cruden Bay Golf Club
Situated on Scotland’s Buchan coast, Cruden Bay offers traditional Scottish links in a warm, friendly atmosphere. The course features several blind shots, sand dunes, burns, and forceful winds that must be negotiated. The inspiring views of the Bay, the mysterious backdrop of Slains Castle, and the challenging holes combine for a memorable round of golf. Founded 1901.
Day 6: Golf at Royal Aberdeen Golf Club
This is the sixth oldest golf club in the world. It has been said that the last hole is the most difficult. It is a lengthy par four, well bunkered and usually played into the wind. With no less than ninety-two bunkers, combined with the seemingly ever present wind, Royal Aberdeen is certain to test your skills. Founded 1780.
Day 7: Trump International Links Course
The New Donald Trump championship golf course is a classic Scottish links that has a Par of 72 and a maximum length of just over 7400 yards. The golf course follows a classical pattern of two out-and-back loops of nine holes.
Day 8: Depart Scotland
Transfer to the Airport, drop off your car rental and board your flight back to the U.S.
Driver guide: Private Driver/guide and coach includes unlimited mileage, gas and drivers’ expenses. Call a Destinations Golf Specialist for your complimentary customized quote.
Self Drive: Self Drive includes unlimited mileage, taxes and CDW Insurance. Call a Destinations Golf Specialist for your complimentary customized quote.