With new golfing destinations appearing every month choosing where you are going to golf next is not a straightforward choice. So why should you choose to golf in Scotland?
Well SIGTOA members have pitched in with their own top five reasons for golfing here. We know that converts to the game here will have many more but we will start with these for now
For many it is a pilgrimage; a journey to play where it all started and sample the history and heritage that comes with a round on The Old Course St Andrews or Prestwick or to sample the wonderful courses designed by James Braid or Old Tom Morris.
Not just the birthplace but for many the only place to watch an Open Championship. In Scotland you can walk in the footsteps of champions present and past at The Old Course, Muirfield, Carnoustie, Ailsa Turnberry, Royal Troon and the course where it all teed off Prestwick. Are there any better reasons for choosing Scotland for your golfing vacation?
It's not just Open Championship courses that make up a golfing itinerary to Scotland. All round the coast there are classic links courses set by the sea and in sandy dunes. Western Gailes, Cruden Bay, Royal Dornoch and Gullane may be three of the best know but every area in Scotland has its share for golfers of all abilities and for all budgets. Links golf is for many the game in its purest form and Scotland has seaside courses to spare.
Every traveller has a different take on what constitutes good hospitality and the strength of a golfing holiday in Scotland is the breadth and depth of the service and welcome that comes with a tour of the country. From knowledgeable caddies and chauffeurs to five star resorts or private hire castles to traditional guest houses the welcome is legendary.
It is more recognised than ever that Scotland's Food and Drink is one of its greatest assets. From the malt whisky to the fresh seafood Scotland's larder is world renowned for the quality of its produce. This is increasingly reflected in the menus of top chefs around the country. Whether in local pubs, hotel dining rooms or country restaurants Scotland's 19th Hole will complement the experience of your day's golf.