Every golf traveler has his favorite classic historical
courses in Scotland, but what about the all the modern gems? While some golf
snobs only prefer the classics, they’re missing a lot by not teeing up at some
of Scotland’s newest masterpieces, which actually look and feel like they’ve
been around for a century or two.
Kingsbarns- This golf course wasn’t built, it was
discovered, so to speak. Opened in 2000, Kingsbarns looks as if it’s been
quietly sitting off the coast of the North Sea for 200 years. This parcel of
land oozes with history. The bridge (built in the 1700s) on the 18th
green was actually found by the construction crew and over the years people
have uncovered many ancient fossils on this links land. From start to finish,
this course flows with grace and tranquility and is simply a beautiful place to
play golf and spend four hours or more. It sits only a few miles away from the
most popular golf course in the world, the Old Course.
Trump International Golf Links- Love him or despise him,
Donald Trump has built a magnificent golf course on the most beautiful piece of
land 20 minutes outside Aberdeen. Recently opened, the course will need a few
years to fully mature. With a wonderful design and beautiful panoramas on
almost every hole, this course is a great experience right now. Donald Trump
calls it the “world’s greatest golf course”. Strong words from “The Donald”,
but we suggest you should find out for yourself if he’s on the mark with his
Trump International Golf Links
Machrihanish Dunes- Machrihanish Dunes is set overlooking
the Atlantic Ocean and they call it the “world’s most natural golf course”.
Since its opening in 2009, visitors have experienced a reincarnation of Old Tom
Morris. The layout challenges the player to be creative, something that is
unique to many Morris designs. This course feels old, with black sheep
wondering across the links land and tall wispy grass challenging your every
St. Andrews Castle Course- The most recent addition to the
St. Andrews Links Trust is the Castle Course which opened in 2008. Picture
yourself playing golf on a gorgeous links course with the city of St. Andrews
as a stunning backdrop and a steady breeze coming off the bay.
Castle Stuart- Opened in 2009, Castle Stuart is known for
its imaginative layout in the Highlands of Scotland. Overlooking the Beauly
Firth, the course is ruggedly attractive with its rumple fairways and pot
bunkers.Home to the last few Scottish
Opens, this course has some of the most dramatic views in Scottish golf. The
first and tenth will blow you away as they sit right on the water’s edge giving
you the perfect opportunity to, well, deposit your shot in the ocean. One
unique aspect is the “infinity edge” design on several greens, which highlight
many of the landmarks in the area.