The Honorable Company of Edinburgh Golfers have been calling Muirfield home since 1744, and the private course has hosted the Open Championship fifteen times. The usually laid out coastal course features two nine-hole loops with sandy bases and seashells in the bunkers.
The three courses that make up Carnoustie Golf Links are all ranked among the best in the UK and Scotland and have hosted six British Opens. The site is a favorite of Gary Player, and the unpredictable wind on the courses makes play more challenging than you might think.
Founded in 1877, the Royal Dornoch Golf Club is the most northerly of the world's great courses, sitting only 6 degrees south of the Arctic Circle. While the two 18-hole courses have never hosted major tournaments, Royal Dornoch remains one of the country's top courses thanks to its natural links and wild, isolated scenery.
Host of eight British Opens (Arnold Palmer won here), the Royal Troon Golf Club is home to the famous Postage Stamp hole, named after the tiny green at the end of the par 3. The lowland course is one of Scotland's longest, measuring 7,097 yards and par 71.
Located on the rugged coast of South Ayrshire, Turnberry and its Ailsa course – one of the world's greatest – have been hosting golfers since 1903. Now a luxury resort, the property was used as an air base during WW1, and not the fairways lack the ripples and contours that characterize most Scottish courses.
Located just a few miles from St. Andrews, Kingsbarns has served as a golfing haven since 1793. You'll enjoy spectacular views of the North Sea from nearly every hole on this designer links-style course that co-hosts the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.
Loch Lomond, home of the Scottish Open, is situated on the banks of Loch Lomond just outside of Glasgow. The Scottish Highlands serve as the backdrop as you play through the holes of this 7,100-yard course designed by Tom Weiskopf and Jay Morrish.
The greens at Western Gailes are some of the best in Scotland. Nestled between the shore and a railroad, typical of many Scottish courses, Western Gailes will test your skill with unpredictable wind patterns, undulating fairways and plenty of bunkers and burns on each of the 18 holes.
Royal Aberdeen on Scotland's east coast provides stunning scenery and a tough series of holes. Since it's not quite as famous as some of Scotland's courses, you might find it easier to book a tee time at this sixth oldest golf course in the world.