Scotland, the home of Golf

About Scotland · about Golf

A few facts about Scotland and why it is the Home of Golf.

BY Anita Draycott

Looking for the ultimate golf vacation. Scotland won’t disappoint. Consider this bit of trivia:

  • Golf was first played in Scotland more than 600 years ago and today it is home to more than 550 courses across the length and breadth of the country
  • Scotland was the host nation of The 2014 Ryder Cup at Gleneagles
  • Scotland regularly hosts prestigious international golf events such as The Open, Ricoh Women’s British Open, The Senior Open Championship and the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open
  • Scotland will host two of the next three Open Championships: Royal Troon (2016) and Carnoustie (2018)
  • Scotland is home to five of the nine courses currently on the Open Championship rota: St Andrews, Muirfield, Carnoustie, Royal Troon and Turnberry, as well as previous Open venues Prestwick and Royal Musselburgh.
  • Scotland hosted the first 33 Open Championships and has hosted 94 of the 144 Open Championships played to date.
  • No other country in the world can offer such a diverse range of courses from championship links venues to island “honesty box” courses.
  • Scotland has the most golf courses per head of population than any other established golf destination in the world with one course for every 9,000 people
  • The average green fee in Scotland is £40 ($63)
  • There are more than 400 golf courses within an hour of an airport in Scotland

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