Tips for playing golf in scotland
If you have the energy for 36 holes take advantage of a full-day green fee. At North Berwick you can play all day for £170.
There’s a benefit to playing a course you enjoy more than once. You now have the local knowledge to improve your score.
Play twilight golf at reduced rates. At Royal Dornoch in mid-summer you can tee off at 6pm for £110 and finish 18 holes because it’s light until after 10pm. What’s nice is that the course is less busy in the evenings as the coach parties have left.
Don’t be shy about asking for a discount. Quieter clubs want your custom.
Some expensive courses offer repeat rounds at a discount if you play within the same week. At Prestwick it’s £75.
Always carry wet weather gear whatever the forecast. It’s common to have rain showers which disappear after 10 to 20 minutes. But without the right clothing you’ll be wet and miserable.
The West Coast has milder temperatures but rains more. The East Coast is drier yet can be colder.
If you’re playing the Old Course at St Andrews for the first time, take an evening stroll around the course beforehand when it’s quiet to get an understanding of where not to hit it.
Most golf clubs provide good meals at club prices throughout the day.
Not all the best courses are coastal links. Scotland has magnificent inland venues with sublime scenery.