My Selections for the 10 Best Scottish Courses.
1. Kingsbarns - It's a beautiful location and just a wonderful golf course. There are no members at the club and it caters solely to paying visitors and as a result the welcome and the service you receive is second to none. The course is always pristine and the layout is fantastic. For my money this is the best day out you can have in Scotland.
2. Turnberry - Say what you want about Donald but the changes he made to turnberry have propelled a course that wouldn't have made it on this list 10 years ago into one of the best courses in Scotland.
3. Royal Dornoch - A treat for anyone who loves golf, an absolute delight of a golf course that epitomises golf in its purest form. A bit, no a lot out of the way but a must for anyone visiting Scotland with the intention of experiencing the best the country has to offer.
4. Ardfin - A golf course that no one seems to talk about and i can totally understand why. Ardfin suffers from one big issue all to common in great Scottish golf courses and that issue is that it is in the middle of nowhere. Located on the island of Jura it is an absolute delight for anyone willing to make the journey there. Truly one of the finest links courses anywhere in the world.
5. Loch Lomond - Loch Lomond embodies everything that i think is wrong with the world of golf, it is an elitist club that has voluntarily ostracised the majority of the golfing world and although common in the US this is exceedingly rare in Scotland. With that said however there is no denying the quality of the golf course and it is without question the best non-links golf course in the country.
6. St Andrews (Old Course) - If this were based purely on the golf course i don't think the old course would have made the list. Thankfully howevergolf does not revolve around the course itself it is very much about the experience and in that respect St Andrews is second to none. Located in undoubtedly the most breathtaking golf town in the world the old course is the most awe inspiring and nostalgia inducing golf course you will find.
7. Royal Aberdeen - St Andrews is the golfing holiday mecca of Scotland and understandably so, however, i would urge anyone visiting Scotland to take the time to spend a couple of days in and around Aberdeen to capture some of the best golf the country has to offer with, in particular, Royal Aberdeen and Cruden Bay. In my opinion Royal Aberdeen has the best front nine anywhere in Scotland and the back 9 isn't half bad either.
8. Cruden Bay - If i could have a membership at any club in the world it would be Cruden Bay. I think it is the perfect mixture of what a golf course should be, fun, exciting, scoreable ad aesthetically pleasing. I have playedd this course more than any other on the list and i always find myself yearning to return.
9. Muirfield - Muirfield is pure golf. There is a reason that it is considered one of the best courses on the open rota. It is a true test of golf and has the best routing of any course on this list.
10. North Berwick - This is the most fun you can have in 18 holes. The course layout and the quirky features on the golf course provide what is one of the most enjoyable golf courses i have ever played. I feel that many of the courses above this on the list can be quite punishing for novice golfers and north Berwick is quite the opposite. It would be enjoyed by anyone. If you don't like North Berwick, you don't like golf.
Honorable Mentions: Royal Troon, The Machrie, Macrihanish (If you thought Ardfin was remote, try and get here), Archerfield, Gullane
Note: I would like to comment here that there are two courses in Scotland that i have yet to play and, by all accounts, are potentially worthy of any top 10. Those courses are Prestwick and Castle Stuart.