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Hidden Gem Scotland Golf Courses

Across the grand and scenic landscape of Scotland there stretches, like a necklace of jewels, a wonderfully rich string of golf courses, each with its own character and each waiting to enchant the Independent Golfer who is willing to break away from the crowds and venture off the well-trodden packaged tour paths.

Wonderfully Unique for Scotland Golf

The courses in this string of gems offer a quality of play that rivals their more famous sisters. Most are old, dating from the mid- to late 1800’s or, in some cases, even earlier. Many were designed by the original masters of Scottish golf like Old Tom Morris and James Braid and have the mark of men who thought that each hole on a Scotland golf course should present its own different challenge.

Fortrose and Rosemarkie Scotland Golf Course

These are not driver-off-the-tee, short-iron, two-putt golf courses. They require you to think through options, to select your shot from a variety of choices, to decide if the riskier shot is worth the greater reward. You might encounter a 520-yard par five that the wise golfer navigates with three good iron shots in order to work across a mountain stream to reach a saucer-shaped green protected by three deep bunkers. You might play a 265 yard par four that can take all the length you have in your driver, but only if you strike the ball on a line well to the left of the pin so that it rolls past an enormous fairway bunker and then curves with the contour of the fairway around toward your goal.

The "Hidden Gems" Scotland Golf Courses
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Durness Scotland Golf Course

Spectacular Settings

These Scotland golf courses are set in some of the most wildly scenic landscapes you will ever encounter: islands floating in a dark green sea, narrow ocean inlets bounded by rocky shores below forested mountains, dark and lovely lochs (lakes) and rivers, fields of purple-blooming heather rolling up the sides of great, rounded mountains that were sculpted by ice-age glaciers. It is a land of narrow glens (valleys) with small villages of stone, of seaside fishing towns, of green meadows with babbling streams and of rolling hills with patchwork fields dotted by sheep. This is the land of Braveheart’s William Wallace and Robert Lewis Stevenson’s Rob Roy MacGregor. Ruined medieval castles jut above the trees on rocky outcrops. Quiet villages now sleep beside ancient battlefields on which the honor of clans or the succession of monarchies was contested.

And through all of this are found the Scotland golf courses that are the "hidden gems". Many deserve to be planned into the itinerary of any Independent Golfer who is traveling Scotland in search of unsurpassed golf. These Scotland golf courses are universally welcoming to visitors. Above all, they are challenging, imaginative and, in the highest judgment of the Scottish golfer, offer a “true test of golf.”

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