As all golfers and golf fans are aware, last week saw the return of the biggest tournament in the world of golf, the US Open. Even amongst us Brits the US Open is really seen as the tournament to win, and after British boy Rory McIlroy’s unbelievable victory at last year’s event optimism was at an all-time high that the trophy can return to Britain once more.
It could be argued that the chances of a youngster like McIlroy adding to his one major win by maintaining his title as US Open winner were incredibly slim, and the size of the challenge was underlined when he missed the cut. Even so, the morale of British golfing has never been so high and it is important that we maintain our stature as a true golfing nation.
In a bid to aid in this process and to inspire even those of you who have never played golf before to pick up a club, we are doing a series of articles detailing the best courses in each country of the British Isles. We continue this series with Scotland:
1. St. Andrews – Most likely the most well-known golf course in Britain, St. Andrews is famous for two things; its university and its golf course. This course has been home to more British Opens than any other, racking up an impressive twenty-eight Opens in its time. Situated next to the coast on the East of Scotland, this is an incredibly difficult, open course which is often affected by high coastal winds. This course is rated as the ninth best in the world.
Muirfied – The second best course in Scotland and third best in Britain, Muirfield really does have it all. It is regarded as the oldest golf club in the world, believed to be set up in 1744, over a hundred years before its competitors in Britain. This truly is a historic course, even the first set of official golf rules was drawn up at this course, compiling of just thirteen rules. If you consider yourself a keen golfer, you must play a round here to get a sense of the history of the place.
3. Royal Dornoch – Proving that Scotland is the real home of British golfing, the Royal Dornoch is the fourth best course in Britain. A testament to how important this course is is that despite being impossible to get to, it is still frequented on a daily basis. To put things into perspective it takes approximately five hours to drive to the course from Glasgow. Now that is what you call dedication.