Golf Courses in South West Scotland. You are in the right place for a Scottish Golf Vacation Holiday.
The south west of Scotland takes in Argyll, Ayrshire, Dumfries & Galloway. Stretching from Gretna in the south to Oban in the north with over 100 golf courses in . We are not going to list them all the golf courses in South West Scotland but choosing just some representative courses that are all of high quality.
Golf Courses in South West Scotland
Although I now live in Aberdeen it was in South West Scotland (Annan) that I was born and spent the first ten years of my life. I have yet to return for a full game of golf as an adult but I do remember using a putting green when I was about eight year old. Yes I like to be up front at all times. Having said that the recommendations below are based on what I have heard from other golfers who know the areas well.
Have you considered a golf vacation holiday just off the mainland of Scotland?
There are indeed a large number of golf courses in South west Scotland but there are also some off the mainland. One of the Scottish isles that has a major golf tourist industry is the . Although a relatively small island (only around 20 miles long) yet it still has seven top quality courses for you to choose from.
Spend a week on Isle of Arran and play a different golf course each day whilst enjoying the rest of the day taking in the spectacular scenery and atmosphere of the local life.
If you are playing outdoor golf courses in South west Scotland you need to have good weather. This region tends to have warmer weather then expected for this far north due to the gulf stream bringing warm winds up from the gulf of Mexico area. So Isle of Arran could be very good choice for a enjoyable holiday vacation with regular golf on a different golf course each day.
Golf Courses in South West Scotland Mainland
Obviously the bulk of the Golf Courses in south west Scotland are on the mainland. So lets explore some of them in the north of the this area.
There is a still fairly new golf links course “Machrihanish Dunes” on the Mull of Kintyre. The course is 7,175 yard and a full 18-hole links course for a superb challenging and imaginative game of golf. What is more it was built largely without disturbing the lay of the land to preserve the landscape and rare plants. It is the only golf course built on an official Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) without destroying it. (Donald trump built his golf courses in Aberdeen over the top of another SSSI area destroying the sand dunes.)
If you have heard of Mull of Kintyre but not sure how. It was probably due to the song made famous by Paul McCartney and Wings. I have read good reports and heard from friends about the challenging standard of play needed as well as the conditions of the greens.
Honourable Mentions Golf courses in South West Scotland
Three other courses that deserve a honourable mention include Royal Troon and Alisa (Turnberry) which have been chosen for Open Championship tours.
We have already mentioned The Garrick course in Loch Lomond. The Dundonald course is managed by the same group but was also designed by Kyle Phillips who designed the St Andrews Trust course of Kingsbarns. To be designed by someone also appointed by St Andrews Trust and the course managed by the same people as the Garrick means this must be a world class golf course for me.
Other Golf courses in Scotland are available in other parts of the country. To discover more about them see the golfing articles below.
Scottish Highlands Golf Courses. Where to play golf in Inverness, Nairn, Royal Dornoch, Durness and the Shetlands.
North East Scotland Golf Courses, Where to play in Aberdeen & Grampian
The Heartlands of Scotland Where to play golf in Perthshire, Angus, Dundee and Fife
West Central Belt Scottish golf courses. Play golf around Glasgow
South East Scotland Golf Courses, where to play golf in Edinburgh, East Lothian, West Lothian, Borders
South West Scotland Golf Courses where to play in Argyll, The Isles, Ayrshire, Dumfries & Galloway