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Home of Golf

Scotland truly is the Home of Golf! The game was born in Scotland, has thrived on Scottish soil and continues to develop and evolve as one of the nation’s most valuable assets.

And Scotland isn’t called the ‘Home of Golf’ for nothing - it is the country that gave the Royal and Ancient game to the world 600 years ago and it’s widely believed there’s nowhere better to enjoy a round of golf.

History tells us that golf burgeoned on the East Lothian coast, in the towns of Fife and on the south-west coast in and around Prestwick. Clubhouses in some quarters are decorated with pictures and memories from yesteryear of Old Tom Morris and James Braid, the men who helped create the early increase in the game’s popularity. Fast forward six centuries and the game continues to thrive.

Scotland is best famed for its links courses. Open Championship venues such as Royal Troon, the Old Course, St Andrews, Muirfield, Carnoustie and Turnberry entice golfers from around the world and never fail to inspire and amaze.

What makes Scotland so special is that golf is accessible to everyone. You too can play from behind the green at the ‘Road Hole’, go for glory at Troon’s remarkably tempting ‘Postage Stamp’ or attempt to match par on ‘Hogan’s Alley’ at Carnoustie!

While the desire to play all the famous Scottish links courses is very tempting, there are plenty of hidden gems that are more than deserving of a mention. This is a country that is full of variety and the selection of courses on offer is unbeatable. Top inland venues include Gleneagles - with its three courses, the King’s, Queen’s and PGA Centenary Course, which will host the Ryder Cup in 2014 - Blairgowrie, where Greg Norman won his first-ever European Tour title, Dalmahoy, a former Solheim Cup venue, and the Macdonald Cardrona.

Spectacular is a word that is used frequently by visitors to Scotland, while the locals are more than willing to offer friendly advice on where’s best to play. Indeed, the selection of courses the length and breadth of the country is unsurpassed. From celebrated seaside venues to inland beauties, from famed Open venues to little-known gems, any golfer arriving in Scotland is guaranteed a perfect break.

So what are you waiting for? There’s never been a better time to discover the ‘Home of Golf’!