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Founded in 1878, Royal Troon is as charming as it is exhilarating. Before hosting its very first Open Championship, the course was redesigned, made longer and overall better by five-time open champion, leading architect and World Golf Hall of Fame member James Braid. Needless to say it went down a treat. Today, Royal Troon has hosted nine Opens, with the most recent occurring in 2016. From the longest holes to the shortest, ever-changing terrain, stellar sea views, and the priceless 11th hole, or ‘The Railway’ (one of the most tricky holes in major championship golf), this one is always a winner.
Royal Troon Golf Club, Craigend Rd, Troon, Scotland, +44 1292 311555
Situated in Sutherland and surrounded by the Dornoch Firth, the Royal Dornoch Golf Club hosts two 18 hole courses, both equally as impressive as the next. Unsurprisingly, Golf Digest 2016 deemed The Championship Course the No.1 best course in Scotland and No.5 in the world. Not to go unnoticed, The Struie Course was considered No.50 in the best links courses of UK & Ireland in 2011. From enchanting scenery and perfect holes to endearing Highland hospitality, every golfer who graces this club, which was formed in 1877, falls head over heels.
Royal Dornoch Club Golf, Golf Rd, Dornoch, Scotland, +44 1862 810219
Wonderfully wild and perfectly challenging, if Gullane No.1 Course isn’t appealing to you, then nothing will be. Silky sleek running greens, rolling terrain, exciting surprises and a myriad of bunkers add to the ineffable charm exuding from this course. Outstanding views stretching out towards Edinburgh and the Firth of Forth are an added bonus. A playground for pros and amateurs alike, Gullane No.1 Course, which dates back to 1884, just also happens to have one of the greatest holes in the world in the form of the par five 3rd.
Gullane Golf Club, W Links Rd, Gullane, Scotland, +44 1620 842255
Situated in Carnoustie in Angus, Carnoustie Golf Links is steeped in history and praised by many. This stunner is one of the ‘chosen ones’ when it comes to the Open Championship Rotation for venues. With three smashing courses to choose from, The Championship Course, Burnside Course, and Buddon Links, golfers will be as happy as Henrik Stenson with his 20 under par. Once more, each and every hole is unique.
Carnoustie Golf Centre, Links Parade, Carnoustie, Scotland, +44 1241 802270