This 69-par parkland course offers something for the high- and the low-handicap player, including eight par-4 holes over 400 yards. The views are outstanding, taking in Elgin and the Cairngorm mountains in the distance. Visit the website.
Cruden Bay’s original course opened in 1899 – although it’s claimed that golf was played in the village as far back as 1791. Today’s course was created in 1926, and is revered as one of the finest links courses in the world. Visit the website.
One of Scotland’s leading courses, golf has been played over the links lands here since 1793. However, a colourful history saw the land fall into disuse, only for a new course to be created, the first Scottish course in 70 years to be built on links land. Visit the website.
Another classic course designed by Old Tom Morris. Tom Watson has commented that Dornoch represents ‘the most fun I’ve had on a golf course’. Dornoch is also frequently ranked in the top 15 courses in the world. Visit the website.
This par-71 course was opened in 1909, and modelled by the renowned designer Archie Simpson. Golf Tourism Scotland voted Murcar as their 2007 ‘Course of the Year’; the course is also in the VisitScotland collection of 40 great Scottish links courses. Visit the website.
Host to the British Seniors Open in 2007, Royal Aberdeen is the sixth oldest golf course in the world, with a history stretching back to 1780. With a handicap of 24 or under, you can play the championship course of Balgownie Links.
A truly testing round awaits: not least the seven par-4s over 400 yards. Designed by Old Tom Morris, this is a classic links course in every respect, including the deep bunkers and fairways flanked by gorse. Visit the website.
With six centuries of tradition, the home of golf needs no introduction. Suffice to say that all seven courses which form St Andrews Links are open to all. Will you be lured by one of the 112 bunkers on the Old Course, or the new challenges of the Castle Course? Visit the website.