Golf remains a national pastime among the Scots. Thus, it is not surprising that Scotland boasts many lovely golf courses around. The best news is that most clubs are very friendly to visitors. You can choose from at least 21 courses, with the following golf clubs being the more popular ones:
Cardrona Golf Club
You can find the Cardrona golf course (18-hole, parkland) in the heart of a truly alluring country setting where the Tweed river runs through the valley. Opened in 2001, this 6,856-yard par 72 course has a number of large, sculptured bunkers as well as huge, subtly contoured greens. What is great about Cardrona is that the course blends beautifully into the natural landscape.
The course has some fine holes that follow the twists and turns of the Tweed river. The 7th hole is perhaps the most popular. Measuring 402 yards, it needs an accurate drive, with trees giving much challenge on the right and sand traps to the left. Even more challenging is the approach shot, to find the well-protected and elevated green.
Eyemouth Golf Club
The spectacular Eyemouth golf course (18-hole, coastal course) is located on the rugged Scottish east coast. It offers you challenges that you will surely enjoy. The Eyemouth Golf Club features some of the most interesting and scenic cliff top holes in the country. Eyemouth’s claim to fame is its very famous 6th hole, renowned as the UK’s "Most Extraordinary Golf Hole."
The golf course has a challenging and imposing par 3 you can play across a vast channel with the crashing North Sea waves below. This leaves little or no room for error. It will hold 9 Open Competitions this year, including Gents Stableford Winter Open, Ladies Texas Scramble Open, Junior Open, and Mixed Foursomes Open.
Duns Golf Club
Golfing experience in Scotland would be incomplete without playing at Duns (18-hole, gradual hills), an attractive upland golf club with spectacular views to the Cheviot Hills. In the late nineties, the course was extended to 18 holes and can be very challenging for players, amateurs or professionals.
The few sand traps and the Wellrig burn will keep players on their toes on many holes. In addition to the stunning golf course, Duns is also a market town and a farming community. You can find here such attractions as Duns Law (a hill steeped in History) and Duns Castle Nature reserve.
Hawick Golf Club
Located at the South of New Woll Estate, the Hawick golf course (18-hole, steep) is one of the more popular golfing attraction in Scotland. Its rolling heather clad hills, the splendid Teviot and Tweed rivers, majestic castles and watchtowers, abbeys, and centuries of history make Hawick attractive to golfers and travellers alike. Also known as Vertish, it offers magnificent views of the surrounding countryside when you are at the peak of the 15th hole.