Thirty minutes from Glasgow, smack on "the bonnie,
bonnie banks of..." lies one of Morrish and Weiskopf’s
best courses and the best American design in Europe. Also
the only course in Scotland a visitor cannot play unless
accompanied by a member.
A James Braid masterpiece, an hour from St. Andrews in
a heather-tinged setting of flabbergasting beauty. Every
single hole is a jewel in the crown.
More Braid magic, so much so that golfers may actually
forget the holes next door. Half a dozen of the finest—and
most diverse—par-4s one will ever play on a single
18 hole course.
St. Andrews (Duke’s):
On hilly terrain two miles outside town, the great Peter
Thomson—possessor of five British Open crowns and
perhaps the most cultivated sensibility in golf—fashioned
a course that is long, hard, fair and beautiful.
An overlooked treasure in Strathclyde, midway between
Edinburgh and Turnberry, that owes most of its considerable
distinction to Braid. Sand-based turf (a links feel) in
a moorland setting that ravishes the eye.
The quintessential Highland course, a short drive from
Inverness and carved out of a forest of silver birch.
The nearby mountains are snowcapped much of the year.
Less than 5,900 yards and studded with hanging lies.
Braids No. 1:
A 115-year-old "muni" to cherish, on the heights
in Edinburgh itself, where James Braid—no, it is
not named after him—and Tommy Armour honed their
games. A few pedestrian holes, 12 or 13 good to great
The pride of Dundee, 70 years old. It boasts a rolling
parkland setting and burns on half the holes—e.g.
the great 11th, 434 yards, with two streams just short
of the green.
The pride of Perth, a little over an hour from St. Andrews.
Each hole isolated in its own alley of pine, birch and
heather. It boasts an impressive pedigree: first designed
by Old Tom Morris, then updated by Alister MacKenzie and
finally the ubiquitous Braid.
Twenty minutes north of Carnoustie and less than 20 years
old, the first course at the resort can be stretched to
7,000 yards. Contemporary—and rather American—in
look and feel, with ponds on four holes and burns on six
others. Plenty of Bernard Darwin’s "pleasurable
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