Scotland, the home of golf FeaturedWritten by Administrator
Through the Old Course at St Andrews the world still sees Scotland as where it all began. St Andrews is linked with golf to an early date of 1400AD. In the 19th century golf grew in popularity and is now a way of life for many people.
Interestingly it was banned as a sport in 1457 in Scotland because young men preferred it to archery, and archery was deemed a much more worthwhile pastime. The Royal and ancient club was formed in 1754 and was established to govern rules and regulations of the game.
Now Scotland has over 550 golf courses, supports a thriving golf tourism industry and has a high profile in golf world wide.
The Ryder Cup will be hosted at Gleneagles in 2014 and 5 of the 9 Open Championship venues are in Scotland: St Andrews, Muirfield, Carnoustie, Royal Troon and Turnberry.
Scotland has a great range of courses. Scotlands most famous courses are the links courses which are coastal courses. The other type is inland courses which include Loch Lomond and Gleneagles. Small quirky courses such as the 12 hole Shiskine on Arran and the Askernish course on South Uist are another type of golf course found in Scotland.
The key selling point of golf in Scotland is the terrific range of courses and the high quality of courses available. These courses are set in Scotlands spectacular landscape. These factors make Scotland ‘the’ place to play golf.
Over the last decade there has been a significant growth in pay as you go golf courses and facilities. Accommodation and other tourist friendly activities at golf venues have also developed making golf in Scotland more accessible and friendly.
Because Scotland is a small country it is easy to travel around to visit the many famous and varied courses in a relatively short period of time. Playing golf within stunning scenery, tackling the most challenging links courses in the world and managing to get on the most famous golf courses in the world is a dream for most golfers.
This is all fair and well but Search Scotland likes to promote all places, courses and venues. It is very important to note that nearly every town and village in Scotland has a municipal golf course which is welcoming to visitors. These courses are more affordable and in most cases the course is of a very high standard. For any person visiting Scotland for golf it is worthwhile to visit the local golf club where you are staying. A great example is the Dunblane New Golf Club situated close to Stirling.
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Tuesday, 28 June 2011 16:17
posted by Leti Web
The Loch Earn Tourism Initiative group promotes accommodation, hospitality, outdoor activities and events around Balquhidder, Strathyre, Lochearnhead and St Fillans. We are delighted to note Masters champion Sandy Lyle's recent quote when he said that his favourite inland golf course is St Fillans GC at the east end of Loch Earn. There are so many picturesque golf courses to play in this area where Perthshire and The Trossachs meet the Highlands in Central Scotland. Visitors are made very welcome on our local golf courses.