Scotland Golf Vacation
by Dr. Lance LaHara
Lance LaHara is a frequent traveler and tour guide in Ireland and the UK
Scotland! Golf! Vacation!
Yes, your Scotland Golf Vacation Dream Can Come True
If you’re a dedicated golfer who’s downright spiritual about the game, your Mecca is Scotland. Golf vacation in the land where golf began, and bring the family for a cultural adventure that dovetails perfectly with the premium personal satisfaction of your Scotland golf vacation.
SCOTLAND GOLF VACATION: THE COURSES
St. Andrews, near Edinburgh the “Old Course” is where golf was as we know it was first played in the 15 th century---or even earlier! Your Scotland golf vacation would not be complete without a pilgrimage to the old course---but be sure to plan ahead and reserve far in advance. Also try the “New Course,” “Jubilee,” and “Eden,” each with their own challenging layout. Not far away is Carnoustie, the 1999 British Open venue Crail, founded in 1786, and Dukes, a recent course favored by locals. All deserve a place on your Scotland golf vacation itinerary.
Ailsa and Kintyre, British Open alumni, are outstanding courses. Also try Glasgow Gailes, Machrihanish on the Mull of Kintrye, and Machrie on the Isle of Islay. Royal Troon is a golf legend, featuring the shortest and longest holes in tournament play. And don’t pass up historic Prestwick, where the first twelve British Opens were played.
Lossiemouth, near Moray is a championship course that begins and ends in the center of the town. Nairn, to the north, home of the 1999 Walker Cup Matches Royal Dornoch, also north and worth the travel time, has been called one of the finest links courses in the world.
The above are just a sampling of the many courses of Scotland’s beautiful countryside you can include in your Scotland Golf Vacation. For more information and even more courses, click on any of the links on this page.
SCOTLAND GOLF VACATIONS: PACKAGED TOURS
If you’d like a hassle-free, golf-intensive vacation, there are many tour operators dedicated to golf. With pricing from Scotch-thrifty to premium luxury, you can take your pick from an army of Scotland golf vacation professionals dedicated to golf as a way of life and leisure. Click on the links and start comparison shopping!
SCOTLAND GOLF VACATIONS: ON YOUR OWN
You can chart your own Scotland golf vacation course and tour the country from the fabled highlands to magnificent Edinburgh, teeing off daily while your family delights in scenic beauty and historic cityscapes. Start in the West with cosmopolitan Glasgow, stunning mountains, and dozens of historic castles. Meander through the Highlands, with more castles, romantic Inverness, and the mysterious Loch Ness. Spend several days in Edinburgh, with its famous castle, the royal family yacht tour, and a stroll down the Royal Mile. Plan your Scotland golf vacation with help from a golf professional or do it all on your own, but make reservations early and be aware that some courses require a stay at the affiliated hotel.
SCOTLAND GOLF VACATION: WHAT TO BRING, WHAT TO WEAR Get in the “Trip to Mecca” mood by packing light. Why bring lots of clothes when you can outfit yourself in Scotland, home of woolens, plaids, and stylish offerings from designers with all-weather golf in mind. You’ll need an extra bag for your St. Andrews souvenirs, and be sure to bring your camera: the scenery-- west, highlands, and east--is breathtaking.
Whatever your itinerary and travel style, keep in mind Your Scotland golf vacation is the stuff that dreams are made of, and you can make them come true!
Lance LaHara writes unique opinion pieces on life topics for PulseMed.org. His formal education was literature and anthropology, but his real world background is civil rights and intercultural communication.