Follow In The Footsteps of Scotland’s Most Famous Golfing Son

As a four-time Open champion and longtime Keeper of the Greens at both St. Andrews and Prestwick, Old Tom Morris left an indelible mark on the game as a golf professional. However, his greatest legacy may be his work as a golf course designer. Follow in Old Tom’s footsteps and you’ll visit some of Scotland’s finest members clubs; each one simple but filled with character, challenging albeit quirky, and historic yet friendly. Our favorite Old Tom itinerary features the best of his work from St. Andrews up towards the beautiful Scottish Highlands and we think you will love it.

“I tend to recommend this itinerary above all others because I think it truly checks all of the boxes. First and foremost, it is filled with a collection of great golf courses that are all over 100 years old, including my personal favorite courses in Scotland (Cruden Bay and Royal Dornoch) plus a stop in St. Andrews at the Home of Golf. Perhaps just as importantly though, it gives you the chance to see the beautiful Scottish Highlands and tour the whisky distilleries of Speyside, two essentials on an epic Scotland trip. To top it off it’s relatively budget friendly, so how can you beat it?” -Jonathan Alden, Cloud 9’s Managing Director



Day 1

Day 1

Arrive at the Edinburgh Airport and drive 3 hours north to the Scottish Highlands.

Staying 3 nights in Inverness, Dornoch, or Nairn.


Suggested Sightseeing Today: Stirling Castle and The Wallace Monument

Day 2

Day 2

(From Inverness) Drive 30 minutes northeast to Nairn.

Golf: Nairn

The 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.


Suggested Sightseeing Today: Cawdor Castle and the Culloden Battlefield

Day 3

Day 3

(From Inverness) Drive 1 hour north to Dornoch.

Golf: Royal Dornoch’s Championship Course

If 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.

Royal Dornoch

Suggested Sightseeing Today: Loch Ness and Urquhart Castle

Day 4

Day 4

(From Inverness) Drive 1 hour and 15 minutes northeast to Lossiemouth.

Golf: Moray’s Old Course

Moray Golf Club was founded in 1889 and Old Tom Morris himself laid out the venerable old track. Deep revetted bunkers and undulating gorse lined fairways protect par on the natural-feeling layout, which starts and finishes in the heart of Lossiemouth and sits adjacent to the town’s Royal Air Force base. It’s unpretentious and welcoming and quintessential Scottish golf at its finest.


Drive 2 hours east to Cruden Bay.

Staying 2 nights near Cruden Bay. 

Kilmarnock Arms
meldrum house

Suggested Sightseeing Today: The Distilleries of Speyside

Day 5

Day 5

Golf: Cruden Bay

Cruden 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.

Cruden Bay 14th

Suggested Sightseeing Today: The Castles of Aberdeenshire

Day 6

Day 6

Drive 2 hours south to Carnoustie.

Golf: Carnoustie’s Championship Course

The 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.


Drive 50 minutes south to St. Andrews.

Staying 3 nights in St. Andrews. 


Suggested Sightseeing Today: Glamis Castle

Day 7

Day 7

Drive 30 minutes south to Leven.

Golf: Elie

Elie Links, home to the Golf House Club, has a history that dates back to the 18th century (if not earlier!), making it one of the world’s oldest golf clubs. Despite an unusual and monotonous scorecard with sixteen par 4s and two par 3s, the course is exciting, with coastal views from below seaside cliffs and a most unusual start at the blind first, where an old submarine periscope is used to ensure the fairway is clear.


Suggested Sightseeing Today: The Fishing Villages of East Neuk

Day 8

Day 8

St. Andrews New

Golf: St. Andrews’ New Course

Although newer than the neighboring Old Course, the title of New Course is deceiving since Tom Morris opened the course in 1895. A favorite of the locals, the course is narrower and more well-defined than the adjacent Old and probably a tougher test.


St. Andrews Old Course

Golf: St. Andrews’ Old Course

As a 30-time Open Championship host, the Old Course in St. Andrews needs no introduction. Champions like Nicklaus and Woods have strolled across the hallowed Swilcan Bridge en-route to victory, meaning the course will forever be etched in history.

Suggested Sightseeing Today: The Town of St. Andrews

Day 9

Day 9

Drive 1 hour and 15 minutes southwest to depart Scotland via the Edinburgh Airport.

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Mid-April through Mid-October is peak travel season when the golf clubs are open and the weather is appropriate for golf (although perfect weather can’t be guaranteed!). July and August can be quite busy with tourists and September is a busy month at the golf clubs, so we recommend May and June if possible.
Our vehicles fit group’s of all sizes so there is no perfect group size. The larger the group, though, the earlier you will need to book your trip to ensure availability.
Absolutely. If you elect chauffeured transportation, your group’s driver will be available to the non-golfers while the golfers are at the course, meaning a fairly full sightseeing itinerary is feasible in conjunction with any golfing itinerary. Alternatively, if you decide to self drive then we are happy to discuss your sightseeing itinerary in detail.
The easy answer is: the earlier the better. Let’s be a bit more specific though. Hotels and golf course tee sheets begin to fill up for the busy peak season 6-9 months in advance. To ensure optimal tee time availability, we recommend booking no later than the fall in the year prior to travel.

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