Scotland in the Gilded Age: 7 of the best golf courses

The Old Course at St Andrews and the Brogue Golf Club are two of the most famous championship links courses in the world, but there are many others which can also be played in relatively good condition, according to golfing retailer Stackgear

1. The Old Course at St Andrews

In all its traditional glory, St Andrews plays host to the Scottish Open, and you can golf in the grandeur of the town and its surroundings. There are seven different courses, but to be really competitive, play four to take the full effect of the Old Course’s magic. One course is a three-round adventure of 18 holes on one of the finest links courses ever developed.


St Andrews is six hours by train from Heathrow, an hour-and-a-half by bus from Leeds, 45 minutes by ferry from Ostend or a 30-minute drive.

2. The Brogue Golf Club

The course was established in 1790 but is as beautiful now as it ever was, which is hardly surprising given its location on the Mediterranean coast between Sicily and Tunisia. The natural sand dunes of the Pine Valley Campsite provide an exquisite backdrop to a course that combines an old and awe-inspiring elegance with the accuracy and flair of the finest modern golf course architecture.


Direct flights from London to Sicily are just under an hour. There are taxi transfers and direct coach and rail travel to the island.

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