Friday, October 19, 2012

Where would you like to play? Let us tell you about Scotland!

USAAI International Golf Travel
Have you ever closed your eyes and envisioned standing on the first tee of the Old Course? You look to you left and see the 18th green and the “Valley of Sin” waiting for you several hours from now, beyond that “Old” Tom Morris’ original workshop. Turning to your right just a few hundred yards away is the vastness of the North Sea. The feeling of someone behind you, that’s the Royal and Ancient Clubhouse keeping watch over the history of the game. Finally you focus on the task in front of you, hole one of the oldest golf course in the world. No matter how many rounds you have played, no matter how many different courses you have traversed, you will feel anxious on this first swing as you are about to walk in the footsteps of some of the game’s greatest legends. Are you ready for this experience? Are you ready to go to the Home of Golf?

The Home of Golf has over 550 registered golf courses. The entire country, including all of its islands is 30,000 square miles. A good comparison in the United States is the state of Maine which is approximately 35,000 square miles and has more than 100 golf courses. The country is split in to six areas, they are: Central, Highlands and Islands, Historic Heartland, North East, South East and South West. Scotland is renowned for its historic links courses. Illustrious Open venues like the Old Course at St Andrews, Royal Troon, Muirfield, Carnoustie and Turnberry never fail to inspire and amaze. These iconic courses continue to attract golfers from all over the world. Countless other courses are worth exploring that are not as well known. The choice is vast, but wherever you decide to play, your trip is certain to be a memorable one.

Regions of Scotland
    St. Andrews and The Kingdom of Fife
This is where golf began. This region is home to a number of must play courses. In addition to The Old, New, Jubilee, Castle and Eden courses of St. Andrews; there is also Carnoustie, Kingsbarns, Crail, Balcomie and many more. Let’s not forget to history of the region outside of golf as well. A visit to the St. Andrews Cathedral and walking the ancient streets of this city to a local pub to two is a must.

    Edinburgh, East Lothian and Gleneagles
Any visit to Scotland should include a visit to this area that includes the capital of Scotland, Edinburgh. This city is rich in history and nightlife as well as the home to Scotland’s banking and finance; it is also surrounded by some of the country’s best courses. Just each of Edinburgh is 40 miles of rolling countryside and coastline and some of the finest links golf that includes Murfield, Gullane and North Berwick Golf Club.

    West Coast and Turnberry
Scotland’s west coast includes the famed Turnberry Resort, a world renowned resort that boasts not one but two championship courses, The Ailsa which hosted the 2009 Open Championship and The Kintyre. This region is also home to Royal Troon, Prestwick and Western Gailes.

    The Highlands and Aberdeenshire
This area is considered by some to be the best area in which to play golf in Scotland. The Highlands of Scotland are famous for wide open expanse and natural scenic beauty. The courses in the area are some of the best that Mother Nature ever created. Courses include Royal Dornoch and Cruden Bay as well as the Castle Stuart in Inverness. Let’s not forget the new Trump International Golf Links that opened recently north Aberdeen.

"This experience was even more remarkable because I was able to travel the world and play the sport I love and live for. I never thought that an experience like this would be so rewarding personally and allow me to make a number of new business contacts on top of everything else! 2012 USAAI Golf Traveler

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