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The Old Course at St Andrews is our number one choice.

The Old Course is the oldest golf course in the world, and
the undisputed "Home of Golf".  Every golfer should make a
pilgrimage here at least once in his or her life!

Contrary to popular belief, The Old Course is not owned by
The Royal and Ancient Golf Club (R&A). This is a public
course and anyone with a handicap below 24 (men) or 36
(women) can play here.

However, this is also the most popular golf course on the
planet - so securing a tee time is by no means guaranteed.

50 per cent of starting times are allocated in a ballot which
is drawn every day for next day's play. The Saturday draw
is for Monday's play. The course is closed on Sundays.

If your name is drawn, you get to play The Old Course - if
not, don't despair! There are seven courses at St Andrews -
including the magnificent "New Course" which was built in

And this entire town lives and breathes golf!
Every pub, every street, every alleyway has a golfing
history and a golfing story to tell.
There is nowhere in the world quite like St Andrews!

A safer option than the ballot is to book into a hotel that
has guaranteed starting times under a special arrangement
with The Links Trust. Check golf tour operators for details.
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Our second choice, Royal Dornoch, may surprise some - but not those who have had the pleasure of playing here!
No course in Scotland is more beautiful, and no course in Scotland provides a better, fairer test of golf.
Only its location in the far north-east of Scotland prevents this links from being a major world golfing attraction.
But these days it is not so hard to get here - check with the online golf tour operators for details.
For connoisseurs of truly great golf courses - Royal Dornoch is a must!
Turnberry enjoys one of the most spectacular settings in the world.
And the
Ailsa Course is one of Scotland's finest tests of golf - as the world's top golfers
discovered in July 2009, when Turnberry hosted The Open Championship -
and Tom Watson so nearly made golfing history! We will never forget Tom's fantastic effort!

You could play here too! And enjoy probably the finest golfing region on the planet.
There are dozens of truly great courses here - including
Prestwick and Royal Troon.
Check with online golf-tour-operators for fabulous golf holidays.
The Top 10 Top Ten Golf Courses in Scotland

Scotland is the home of golf.
Scotland is where golf began - but Scotland is far more than just a golfing museum!
There are hundreds of superb golf courses in Scotland - every town here has a least one golf course!
Naming just ten golf courses in Scotland seems unfair, because everywhere you turn, you will find wonderful golf courses.
However, we have made our choices - and we know you'll love them!
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