Golf has a distinct Scottish flavour to it. Aside from St. Andrews, there is an equally well-known array of courses to choose from all over Scotland. The historic Muirfield in East Lothian is one of the finest, but they’ll make an exception and open their doors for you if you pay exorbitant greens fees on Tuesday or Thursday. view here
In Scotland, there is also a resort club where you can pay to play on their renowned golf courses. The opulent Gleneagles Hotel and Resort is home to three world-class golf courses, one of which is the PGA Centenary Course, which will host the 2014 Ryder Cup. The King’s Course and the Queen’s Course are the other two. If you need help honing your golfing skills, Gleneagles also has the PGA National Golf Academy, which provides one-on-one coaching to golfers of all levels.
Castle Stuart Golf Links in Inverness, which opened in 2012, is poised to become the next fashionable golf course, with a championship course overlooking the Moray Firth and Chanonry Lighthouse.
Ballybunion, a seaside town, is the place to go for traditional Irish golf. The Ballybunion Golf Club, located on Ireland’s southwest coast in County Kerry, has two courses: the Old Course and the Cashen Course. The Cashen is excellent, but the Old Course is more likely to stick in your mind. It has been said that this is as similar to Heaven on Earth as you can come, with terrifying holes directly beside the sea and incredible cliffside views.
Doonbeg Golf Club in County Clare, Ireland, is a relatively new golf course that opened in 2002 and was immediately named the best new international course by Golf Digest. Nothing notable happened with Doonbeg until 2011, when it was named one of Golf Magazine’s top 100 courses in the world. The IAGTO won Doonbeg the coveted title of European Golf Resort Of The Year in 2012.