Do you love golf?
Golf is called a “sickness” in some circles. If you have caught the bug than you know the sport originated in Scotland dating back to the 15th century. That’s a lot of lost balls and holes-in-one over the years.
What could be better than playing a round on one of the links in the Mother Country of ALL THINGS GOLF?
Related: 18 Best Golf Courses in Scotland
Fun Facts about Golf from Scotland
- The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews, known as the R&A, is the world governing body for the game. According to their website one of their main goals is: “To acquire and preserve records and artefacts relating to the history of the game of golf either directly or indirectly.”
- The Scottish Ladies’ Golfing Association was founded in 1904
- The Scottish Golf Union (SGU) was established in 1920 (the two merged in 2015 into a new organization, Scottish Golf.)
- The world’s first Open Championship was held at Prestwick in 1860
- Unlike in the U.S., golf in Scotland isn’t seen as an “elite” sport and most courses are open to the public with fairly low fees.
- Golf tourism is a major contributor to Scotland’s economy and is estimated to be worth close to £220million (roughly $285M) annually.
- Scotland has 578 courses. The highest concentrations are around Glasgow (94 courses) and Edinburgh (67 courses)
The Beauty of Scotland Golf
The city of Stirling, Scotland has many beautiful courses.
Breathtaking coastal views are common on links in Scotland.
The legendary Turnberry hotel and its famous links courses.
The club house at St. Andrews golf course.
A view from the Sand Dunes at St. Andrews.
Carnoustie Golf Hotel has 81 luxury suites, several with amazing views of the Championship course.
“FORE” and Happy Travels!
For all you lovers of golf, we sincerely hope you get to make the pilgrimage to the birth place of golf and play a round in person. Hopefully you will stay healthy and avoid any sports injuries. Don’t forget to stretch! Just in case, we have you covered.