Western Scotland

One of the finest collections of links golf courses in the world

Western Scotland... Home of The Open Championship

One of Scotland’s most historic and beloved golfing regions, a golf vacation to Scotland’s west coast will take to you the very heart of Scotland’s golfing hertitage. Southwest Scotland can rightly champion itself as the Home of The Open Championship, having first been played here in 1860 at Prestwick Golf Club.

This area has an almost unbroken stretch of links golf courses running the entire length of its coast and it numbers three Open Championship courses. There are probably more outstanding golf courses in this rugged and beautiful corner of the country than there are anywhere in the world.

Western Scotland

One of Scotland’s most historic and beloved golfing regions, a golf vacation to Scotland’s west coast will take to you the very heart of Scotland’s golfing hertitage. Western Scotland can rightly champion itself as the Home of The Open Championship, having first been played here in 1860 at Prestwick Golf Club.

Western Scotland

  • 5 nights at The Marine Hotel (4 star)
  • Scottish Breakfast daily
  • 5 rounds of golf at Prestwick, Turnberry, Royal Troon, Western Gailes & Kilmarnock
  • Car or van Rental (self-drive)
  • Thank you gift from Epic Golf Travel
  • Price includes all taxes and surcharges

 

from $1350 USD pp

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Western Scotland

  • 7 nights at The Marine Hotel (4 star)
  • Scottish Breakfast daily
  • 7 rounds of golf at Prestwick, Royal Troon, Turnberry, Western Gailes, Dundonald Links, Kilmarnock and Irvine Bogside
  • Car or van Rental (self-drive)
  • Thank you gift from Epic Golf Travel
  • Price includes all taxes and surcharges

 

from $1925 USD pp

Not quite what you’re looking for? Let's tailor your personal golf vacation!

Tee Times
Many of the golf courses that should be on your must play list are private golf clubs and have limited tee times and restrictions on visitor play. Because available tee times tend to fill quickly, it is never too early to begin planning your golf vacation.

Clubhouse Attire
Most golf clubs allow visitors to use their clubhouse facilities, including the locker rooms and dining areas. Over the last decade, golf clubs have relaxed their dress codes, however we recommend taking a pair of street shoes (not sneakers) to avoid any issues.

Golf Caddies
The majority of the links courses have caddies available because, traditionally, they are walking courses. In most cases, we will need to book them in advance for you. Caddies are self-employed and supply can change on a daily basis. Bring cash for caddie payment, typical fees (including tip) range from $60 US to $120 US.

Golf Riding Carts
With regards golf carts, these can be hard to come by on the traditional links courses and in some cases do not even exist. Even the newer courses and resorts tend to discourage riding and encourage walking. As with caddies, please request carts at the time of booking and we will do our best to reserve them for you, if and when available.

Pull Carts (Trollies)
Pull carts, both regular and electric, are widely available and typically do not require advance reservations. As most courses are fairly flat (especially the links courses), walking is fairly non-strenuous, especially when renting a pull cart or electric pull cart. Plan on spending $5 US to $20 US for a regular and electric variety.

Practice Facilities
These are not nearly as abundant as they are at US golf courses, and you may struggle to find a practice range (or a conveniently located one) at the great, classic links courses in both Scotland and Ireland. We can let you know which of your planned courses have practice facilities and what those fees may be.

Halfway Houses and Beverage Carts
Most of these great links golf courses were designed to play nine holes out (away from the clubhouse) followed by nine holes back, with no halfway house. Be prepared to carry refreshments in your golf bag to keep you going for the whole round. Similarly, we don’t know of any beverage/refreshment carts at the courses we regularly book, as it is not customary to drink alcohol while playing across the Pond!

Handicap Restrictions
Many of the golf courses have handicap restrictions for visiting golfers and will ask to see official proof of your handicap. Make sure you bring a hard copy of your most recent handicap index, or your most recent handicap card. The highest permitted handicap will vary depending on the course and time of year. We can help you with this while planning your trip. It is safe to say, though, that any handicap that is below 24 or so should have no issues with restrictions.

The Weather
The weather in this part of the world is unpredictable, to say the least. Any one round can include brillant sunshine, driving rain, fog and high winds, and this may be just on the opening nine! This makes it extremely important to prepare for all conditions at any time of year. Having said that, if the weather doesn’t present you with any challenges, then you haven’t truly experienced the golf here!

April through September are the best weather months to travel and play here, although both shoulder seasons present good opportunities for some cost effective trips. During the summer months, it’s easily possible to tee off at 6pm and play 18 holes, as the sun doesn’t set until 10pm!

Current Western Scotland Weather



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