Top 10 links courses
1. St Andrews (Old Course)
?There's just no other golf course that is even remotely close". - Jack Nicklaus
The Home of Golf, where the game has been nurtured and developed for 600 years, needs very little introduction. There are many famous holes on the course, but one in particular, the 17th Road Hole, possibly the most well known and respected hole in the world.?
Home of the oldest golf club in the world. An ?architectural gem', the design layout is a masterpiece and highly unusual for links courses of this era. It was the first to be designed with two concentric rings of nine holes, meaning that you are always at the mercy of the wind.?
3. Royal Dornoch
It's wild, isolated, and at the same time, absolutely beautiful. Despite being situated in the northern reaches of Scotland, it is a journey well worth making. The course is an out-and-back layout with many of the greens built on natural raised plateaus making approach play especially challenging.
4. Turnberry (Ailsa)
Situated on the Firth of Clyde, the course has spectacular views across the Mull of Kintyre and Isle of Arran. It is an unusual links course, but an absolute must play course, possibly containing the finest stretch of coastal holes in the British Isles. The 9th?is Turnberry's trademark; with the remote tee set on a rocky promontory on the edge of the sea, the drive across the corner of the bay and a glimpse of the site of Bruce's Castle.
Big natural seaside links course widely regarded as the one of the world's most difficult golf courses. As well as the burn that saw Van de Velde take a barefooted paddle in the 1999 Open Championship, Carnoustie has some of the most formidable bunkers to contend with. The 6th measures 520 yards from the white tees and is revered as one of the best.
Despite only opening in 2000, the course appears so natural that you'd think it had been there for years. This course is set within stunning scenery along the coast with nearly every hole boasting spectacular views of the North Sea. The terrain is perfect for golf, with rippling fairways, bumps and hollows.?
7. Royal Troon (Old)
One of the great links courses in Scotland, the Old Course is a challenging test of golfing ability. With the wind to battle, and deep rough interspersed with gorse and broom, accurate shot making is essential. The Old Course today presents a stern golfing examination and in particular the inward half of Royal Troon is widely accepted as the most demanding of any Course.
8. North Berwick (West)
The course is a traditional links that winds its way along the Firth of Forth. There are stunning views over white sandy beaches, islands and across to the hills of the East Neuk of Fife. It is an immensely enjoyable course which some superb holes which have been replicated on other courses throughout the world; in particular, the 15th Redan, a 190-yard par three.
9. Royal Aberdeenshire (Balgownie)
The sixth?oldest golf club in the world is a traditional links course running along the shore of the North Sea. It is regaled as having the finest first nine holes in the game. The back nine play on higher ground providing stunning views across the sea.?
10. Cruden Bay
Set against a backdrop of subtly contoured greens and magnificent panoramic views, Cruden Bay offers a spectacular golfing experience of links golf at its best. It is an inspirational golf course, considered by some as quirky, and regarded by others as a masterpiece, comprising of rugged links land and sand-dunes as high as three-storey buildings. There are stunning seas views, driveable par fours and blind drives - a gem of a course.