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This tasteful route around Scotland’s north coast circles the country’s mountainous Highlands terrain while weaving through the world’s primary Scotch-producing region. The itinerary showcases the most scenic courses Scotland has to offer, including the towering dunes of Aberdeenshire’s best links along with perennial World top 10 contender Royal Dornoch. An epitome of idyllic Scotland, this trip is always a client favorite.
Royal DornochIf you have looked into course rankings, you know the critically acclaimed Championship Course at Royal Dornoch has a lot of fans. Somewhat secluded in the Scottish highlands, the setting feels timeless but despite being one of the Scotland's oldest golf clubs, the out-and-back course design feels a bit more complex that many of its contemporaries. The trademark raised greens actually match the shape of the entire property, so both your touch and endurance will be tested.
CarnoustieThe 7-time Open host showcases all that is wonderful and challenging about links golf: undulating terrain, riveted pot bunkers, firm and fast fairways, and of course the Barry Burn which famously swallowed Jean an de Velde whole during his infamous collapse at the 99 Open. You will struggle to shoot your handicap and you will love every minute of it.
Cruden BayCruden Bay is our pick for the most underrated course in Scotland. The club itself is authentic and welcoming. The scenery is stunning with views of the North Sea from elevated coastal terrain. And most memorable is the layout itself, which is quirky and tons of fun.
Castle StuartUnlike most traditional Scottish clubs, which had to be built in or near local town centers for logistical reasons, the site on which Castle Stuart sits was selected solely for its aesthetics. The property sits overlooking the Moray Firth and Black Isle beyond, and its evident that both the course and the clubhouse were designed to feature the views. Its not all looks though, as the genius of Gil Hanse crafted a championship test that has now hosted four Scottish Opens, and counting.
Royal Aberdeen-BalgownieThe club's championship Balgownie Course shares a lot of the same attributes as Scotland's more famous Open hosts and itself hosted both the Senior Open and Scottish Open. It's a historic members club, one of the oldest in Scotland, and the history is palpable in the venerable old clubhouse. The demanding course itself is obviously the main attraction though, and many have suggested the front nine, which plays closest to the North Sea through imposing dunes, is the best in Scotland.
Trump ScotlandAmong Scotland's top courses, Trump International Golf Links is uniquely new, big and bold, and even the golf traditionalist would have to admit it is pretty stylish. The towering dunes, perhaps the biggest in Scotland, frame virtually every hole and the conditioning of both the greens and plethora of well-placed bunkers is immaculate.
NairnThe Nairn Golf Club is definitely the hidden gem of the Scottish Highlands. The beach sits ominously along the right side of the first seven holes, and then its the gorse that becomes the real hazard. With greens that are some of the best in Scotland and views of the Moray Firth from every hole, its simply a joy to play.
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6 Nights, 5 Rounds
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Beyond the world-class golf, this itinerary showcases the best of Scotland: famous Scotch whisky, historic castles, and of course the Loch Ness Monster! Two great rounds in the Highlands can be supplemented with a visit to Loch Ness and a stop in Speyside, Scotland’s main whisky-producing region. Then in Aberdeenshire, castle-going golfers will get their fix. Finally, a round at Carnoustie on the way to the airport is the perfect finishing touch.
8 Nights, 7 Rounds
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With so much to see in the Scottish Highlands it makes sense to add a few extra days to you itinerary, especially since there is plenty of great golf to be had. Like most of our favorite itineraries, we think this lineup of courses offers great variety: member’s clubs laden with history, shiny new designs that have earned critical acclaim, and some classic yet quirky layouts that are unique and memorable.
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