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Dumfries and Galloway and Scotland
A James Braid designed course, Irvine is a really fun and quirky golf course. Its great strength is perhaps the variety of the holes – quirky in places and very solid in others.
Scotland and Ayrshire
There may be as many as a dozen courses within a 10-mile radius that are more famous, but few can rival Kilmarnock's rich history or the quality of its carpet-like greens.
For many years one of the most exclusive clubs to gain entry to, Royal Burgess is now notably more welcoming to new members. This is by all accounts a pedigree parkland.
Edinburgh, Scotland and East Lothian
Few courses enjoy a setting like that of Portpatrick – it's the perfect setting for some holiday golf with an emphasis on fun and entertainment
Now about 10 years old, Craigielaw can be found close to Gullane. It certainly has some links characteristics, but there is also an inland feel to many of the holes.
Scotland and East Lothian
Harry Colt, James Braid, Philip Mackenzie Ross and Donald Steel have all left their mark on this East Lothian club that dates back almost a hundred years.
One of the finest public courses in Britain offers an entertaining and intriguing round across a number of rolling, blind and elevated holes.
Whichever tees you play off at Cardrona, some stout hitting is required even though the setting alone will be enough to make your day.
A tough test of modern golf adjacent to the North Sea, the wind often gets up on the coast and is there to stay. A beautiful new Fife links.
Clamber blindly onto the tops, hanging onto its edge... Cullen does not do ordinary.
Moray and GB & Ireland Fun
This pedigree course that has hosted the Solheim Cup and European Tour events is a beastly, muscular examination, but a fine one at that.
Duddingston is a good old-fashioned track with the Braid Burn meandering into several holes. Beautiful views of extinct volcano Arthur’s Seat are found throughout the course.
Merely the blind, short 4th played to a slender green situated in a dell makes the trip to Kintyre worthwhile.
GB & Ireland Fun
Durness, the most North Westerly course in mainland Britain, celebrates its 30th birthday next year, and is located in a stunning spot for golf.
GB & Ireland Fun and Highlands
Gullane No.3 shares the same springy turf as its sisters and boasts some of the best views across Aberlady Bay.
East Lothian and GB & Ireland Fun
There are a number of very attractive holes at Hamilton as well as some panoramic views of both the surrounding countryside and over the Glasgow area.
Set on the Isle of Cumbrae which is only 4 miles long and 2 miles wide, Millport commands one of the most dramatic vistas in Scottish golf.
The closest elite course to the centre of Edinburgh with terrific views of the capital's skyline. Mortonhall is an immaculately presented mature parkland.
Hamilton J Stutt's sympathetic use of natural contour sees the Murrayshall course meander through tree-lined fairways and undulating parkland.
Renfrew offers a scenic, tree lined parkland layout with a variety of trees and fauna, spectacular when in full bloom, that add to the experience of playing the course.
Rowallan Castle was Colin Montgomerie’s first foray into golf course design, where he teamed up with European Golf Design to produce a 7,000-yard parkland brute.
Set in the backdrop of Edinburgh, Royal Musselburgh offers stunning views of the city skyline and Arthur's Seat - in contrast to many of the surrounding East Lothian courses.
Each hole at Spey Bay requires a good deal of thought from the tee and a deft touch around the greens, a challenge worthy of any keen golfer.
Set in the old royal hunting grounds of the Kings Park, Stirling is a golf course of excellent quality and unique character – a golfing experience not to be missed.
Stonehaven features a number of dramatic short holes played over deep gullies and along the top of steep cliffs. Like so many courses in the Aberdeen area, it has a rich history
Traigh is a subtle course that rewards accurate shot-making. Good players are made to work for their scores, and yet high handicappers are given every chance.