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I'm planning a family trip to Ireland and Scotland next summer (fingers crossed). There are a few of us who would like to get some golfing in. I know we're not going to play the Old Course or Carnoustie, but I'd like to find realistic options where we can play a good course or two and not use the entire trip budget on green fees. We'll be starting in Edinburgh, going through and making our way as far south as Cork once we get to Ireland, so geography is not an obstacle. Anyone who has made the trip and can share recommendations would be a huge help.

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8 hours ago, GeeISuppose said:

I'm planning a family trip to Ireland and Scotland next summer (fingers crossed). There are a few of us who would like to get some golfing in. I know we're not going to play the Old Course or Carnoustie, but I'd like to find realistic options where we can play a good course or two and not use the entire trip budget on green fees. We'll be starting in Edinburgh, going through and making our way as far south as Cork once we get to Ireland, so geography is not an obstacle. Anyone who has made the trip and can share recommendations would be a huge help.

Having made a trip to Scotland with two other couples in 2009, I would suggest you purchase Allan Ferguson's book which is a guide to golfing in Scotland. I believe he also has a lot of information regarding Ireland too.

Allan helped us book and schedule our trip, but you can do it yourself by using his website and book.

http://fergusongolf.com/

http://fergusongolf.com/pages/book.htm

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9 hours ago, GeeISuppose said:

I'm planning a family trip to Ireland and Scotland next summer (fingers crossed). There are a few of us who would like to get some golfing in. I know we're not going to play the Old Course or Carnoustie, but I'd like to find realistic options where we can play a good course or two and not use the entire trip budget on green fees. We'll be starting in Edinburgh, going through and making our way as far south as Cork once we get to Ireland, so geography is not an obstacle. Anyone who has made the trip and can share recommendations would be a huge help.

We did a family vacation a few years ago to Ireland and Scotland. The BIL and I played the Jubilee Course and it was an amazing experience. While the Old Course can be expensive to play don’t discount the other courses at St. Andrews. We were still able to see the views and being in the clubhouse/locker room was worth the price of admission by itself! Lol

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Edinburgh is about 1.5hours from St Andrews and 1 hour from East Lothian (Golf Coast/Muirfield). There are loads of courses that cater for all budgets,

Even if you don't play the Old Course I would recommend going to St Andrews the town is steeped in history with bars full of golfing memorabilia. St Andrews Links has a wide selection of courses.

https://www.standrews.com/play/green-fees-2021

All the Links Trust course are maintained to the same level and in similar condition. The New Course runs right alongside the Old Course and then the Jubilee is on the coast, The Castle is not one of my favourites with very challenging greens but great views, if your budgeting then Eden or even Strathtyrum are still a good knock and enjoyable Balgove is really just a Junior 9 hole course. If you have non-golfers their  is also a putting course called the Himalayas which is good fun and again right next to the Old Course. The other so called "St Andrews" courses are The Dukes which is inland but still has a links feel with gorse and the 2 Fairmont course south of the town The Kittocks and The Torrance which you normally get a good deal on Golf Now circa £65/pp c.f. advertised £120, personally I would play them at £65 but maybe not at £120. Of the 2 The IMO The Kittocks is the better and more scenic.

There are also loads of less well known courses within 30 minutes of St Andrews that are all worth a visit.

In East Lothian the links course stretch all the way from Longniddry to Dunbar and again are all normally in good condition but some you won't get on, in no particular order.

  • Longniddry ££
  • Craigielaw ££
  • Kilspindie £££
  • Luffness
  • Gullane No1 ££££
  • Gullane No2 £££
  • Gullane No3 ££
  • Muirfield  £££££
  • Renaissance £££££
  • Archerfield £££££ 
  • North Berwick £££££
  • The Glen £££
  • Winterfield ££
  • Dunbar ££££

  

I've tried to indicate costs with pound signs but doing if from memory.

If you are travelling to the West of Scotland and Ayrshire than I can give you a similar list.

 

 

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Thanks for the feedback everyone. I did end up booking tickets for June. They cost a lot more than we budgeted for, so I won't be playing at all over there. I'll hopefully be sating my golf needs by volunteering at the Irish Open instead.

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I'll definitely check it out, thanks! And I imagine we'll be back plenty in the future, but I won't pass up an opportunity if it presents itself.

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