Scotland has long been known as the Home of Golf. The Old course at St Andrews has been recognised by the Guinness Book of Records as the oldest golf course in the world. Documented evidence of play in St Andrews goes back to 1552.
However the game was clearly played well before that as an Act of Parliament of 1457 banned people from playing both 'gowf' and football as it was stopping them from archery practice.
Golf is a recreational sport for all, all across Scotland, and there are now over 550 active golf courses around the country whose fairways are open to visitors. The combination of history and easy access to a stunning range of courses, often in beautiful settings, makes Scotland an ideal base for a golfing holiday.
While most will recognise the names of Open Championship venues - Carnoustie, Muirfield, Royal Troon, St Andrews or Turnberry - or recent links developments which have garnered stunning plaudits - such as Castle Stuart, Kingsbarns or Trump International - what makes Scotland a perfect destination for visiting golfers is the sheer diversity and proliferation of courses.
You don't need to part with big money to experience great courses - of the almost 400 18 hole courses in Scotland that welcome visitors only 24 golf courses currently have green fees over £100. The average price for a round on an 18 hole golf course in Scotland is less than £45.
You can experience a part of the rich heritage of Scottish golf for very reasonable rates - Fraserburgh Golf Club, established in 1777, is £45 a round, as is 18 holes at Royal Musselburgh, established in 1774.
For those wanting to fill a couple hours, or perhaps are relatively new to the game, there are 165 9 hole golf courses - some particularly aimed at beginners, children or families.
The choice is huge, and there are bound to be options that suit your budget, experience or time.
Start your trip planning by browsing the full list of Scottish golf courses - which can be filtered to your preferences : course style, number of holes or region - to inspire you, or browse our suggested accommodation, from welcoming bed and breakfast properties to luxury 5 star hotels.