The 18 Best Courses in Scotland

10. Machrihanish
Campbeltown, Argyll, Scotland (Private)
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Machrihanish Golf Club is a classic links course set in the sandy dunes of western Scotland. A 6,225-yard par-70 layout, the combination of winds off the Atlantic Ocean, fescue grasses and cavernous pot bunkers make this course both beautiful and challenging.

11. North Berwick (West)
North Berwick, East Lothian, Scotland (Private)
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For pure quirk, the West course, an ancient Scottish configuration, may be exceeded only by Prestwick among the classic courses of the U.K., but few layouts have been more influential -- or fun to play.

12. Western Gailes
Strathclyde, Ayrshire, Scotland (Public)
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A well-balanced links crossed by three burns, its higher holes offering impressive views of the Firth of Clyde and the ragged peaks of Arran. Like many of Scotland's older links, the course is wedged between the sea and a railway. Constant changes in direction invite the wind from all angles. The greens at Western Gailes, imaginatively contoured and demanding careful approach, are among the finest in Scotland.

13. Royal Aberdeen (Balgownie)
Bridge of Don, Aberdeen, Scotland (Semi-private)
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14. Prestwick
Prestwick, Aryshire, Scotland (Semi-private)
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The venues in the southwest of Scotland range from classic Open venues to one of the game's most lovable dowagers, Prestwick, a priceless antique and birthplace of the Open Championship (1860). Prestwick hosted its last professional event in 1925, the same year competitors grumbled that success here depended a wee bit too heavily on the rub of the green. But for antiquarians with a sense of humor, this throwback of a links, sandwiched between the seashore and a railway line, has giddy surprises in store. Take, for example, the par-five third hole and its infamous Cardinal bunker. The fairway, incongruously, stops abruptly in front of a bunker big enough to sleep a brontosaurus. An elevated section of fairway, propped up by blackened timbers, swings sharply to the right above the sand pit. Forget your instincts. Follow your caddie's instructions to the letter.

15. Gullane (No. 1)
Gullane, East Lothian, Scotland (Semi-private)
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16. Gleneagles (Kings)
Auchterarder, Perthshire, Scotland (Resort)
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17. Nairn
Nairn, Scotland (Semi-private)
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18. St. Andrews (New)
Fife, Scotland (Public)
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