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Aberdeen &
Grampian Highlands

Royal Aberdeen, Cruden Bay...

Ayrshire
Royal Troon, Turnberry, Prestwick...

Just east of Edinburgh

Scotland's Golf Coast
North Berwick, Muirfield, Gullane...

Northern Highlands

Royal Dornoch, Brora, Nairn...

St. Andrews area

Out of the way, but worth a play
Machrihanish, Pitlochry...

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Comments and info from other golfers

I'll never again golf in Scotland any other way than as an independent traveler. The money I saved and the fabulous links golf courses I played are such advantages. I recommend your website to all my golfing friends.
Lamar Braddon, Tulsa OK, USA

I was very glad to discover your brilliant website. The experience I had on my last 2 trips to Scotland match your descriptions...I am happy to play Crail, Kingsbarns, North Berwick, Gullane and Craigielaw in May this year. Your reviews are very helpful for decisions and planning. Many, many, many thanks for the best website for enthusiastic golfers and Scotland lovers.
Jorn Greve, Osnabruck, Germany

What a top quality site you've created!!
Iain McLean
Junior Convenor, Gullane Golf Club
www.gullanejuniorgolf.blogspot.com

What an awesome golf site you have created !!! My husband and I are planning a trip to Scotland and Ireland for the next fall. I cannot believe all of the wonderful information you have on your website. I love it !!! Jim is a golfer and I golf occasionally with him. We are so looking forward to our vacation in Scotland and Ireland -- a few days of golf, relaxing, and exploring. Thank you for the time you put into this website.
Connie and Jim Karns, Chehalis, WA, USA

My brother and I followed your information and had a fantastic golf vacation in Scotland for half...HALF!!!..of what some friends paid using Perry Golf. And we played some of those hidden gems courses that turned out to be the best golfing of our lives.
J. Cortina, Escondido CA, USA

I get to play links quite a lot and love your site. Absolutely what golf is about -- play the course as you find it, play the ball as it lies. I had a fantastic trip in Scotland at the end of March which is the shoulder season, worth mentioning even though some of the weather was atrocious! (But as you say, all the more fun for it !) Keep up the good work! Kind regards.
Dan Hare, Isle of Jersey, UK

Thanks again for the invaluable service you provide to groups like ours, who prefer to plan their own travel...This will be my 4th trip to Scotland, but not my last.
Brian Donaldson, Knoxville TN, USA


I had been researching our annual golf tour (8 golfers) when I came upon your excellent resource. It is both charming and informative. It is wonderful to read of the hidden gems. I have based much of my itinerary on your advice...Thank you again for your efforts with Golf Nook Scotland.
Ross Docherty, Northern Ireland


Golf Nook Scotland is a website I can rely on for honest information. You have never steered me wrong and I have made three golfing trips to Scotland in the last five years. This would never have happened without your excellent website. Danke sehr.
Hermann Bosch, Heidelberg, Germany

I love your description of the 8th hole on the New Course St Andrews, and can still picture those imposing bunkers ready to gobble up any errant shot...Played golf with a local, which really helps. Cheers, keep up the good work.
Ethan Higgins, Northern London, England
... the best vacation of my life .. Your website was a wonderful help in planning my travel vacation in Scotland ... Many, many thanks for "putting" your site on the web. I played only 18 holes per day and used your sightseeing tips for the other part of each day. That's one of the unique things that makes Golf Nook especially fun and valuable.
Bob Montle , Clemmons, NC, USA

Once I convinced my wife that we would have an enjoyable vacation in Scotland and at the same time I could be playing some golf, she was all for it. It worked out well for both of us and we're planning to do it again, especially since it was almost as cheap as staying home. I'm serious.

Pearson Miller, Vancouver BC, Canada

Just back from another Scottish golf trip, taking in The Machrie on Islay - I think it's the best course I have played. www.machie.net Macrihanish Dunes on Kintyre Peninsula an amazing course, but will be even better in a couple of years. Shiskine, Lamlash and Brodick on Isle of Arran great character, particularly Shiskine, which would be world famous if more accessible. Wonderful, and great value !
Dan Hare, Isle of Jersey UK

Our 19 day independent golf trip, (16 rounds of golf) cost what a 5 days commercial tour costs. Also, be sure to get to Portpatrick, a lovely fishing village with nice pubs and the fantastic Dunskey Links which you will LOVE and a great tie in with under rated Braid-classic Stranraer Golf Course. Anonymous, UK

Your site really made my trip possible. I took your recommendation and stayed at the Greenkeeper's cottage in Dornoch, a perfect place to stay, Thanks again for the terrific information. Keep up the great work!
Rick Beck, Oakland CA, USA

Thanks!!! I finally got up the nerve to try golfing in Scotland without using a commercial tour and was I ever surprised. It actually is quite easy to do. Those Scottish links golf courses are all you say they are, and I saved a few thousand dollars from what a commercial tour would have cost. I'm forever grateful.
F. Brese, York PA, USA

Any golfer who cares about traditional links golf and the history of golf and the birthplace of golf needs to read your website and then get over here ASAP.
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Once again your website has proven its worth, as if one should ever doubt it!. Two weeks ago I took my daughter up to Edinburgh where she is attending university. After consulting "Golf Nook" my wife and I decided to stay in North Berwick. What a great little town. We ate at the Grange and the Nether Abbey. Outstanding quality and value. On your recommendation I played Gullane #3 -- a wonderful round and views to die for over Aberlady Bay. I am going up again in Oct. Any suggestions? Thanks so much! And keep up the good work.
Ethan Higgins, northern London, England

A golf website I trust. No advertising to bombard me. Just genuine information. Thank you.
Hiroshi Yamamoto, Kyoto, Japan

I've never doubted I was anything but a mediocre golfer and didn't even dare to dream I would ever "play St Andrews." Well, guess what? Your Links Lite page opened up a new world for me. Play St Andrews? Sure, I played St Andrews. I played the Eden Course and the Strathtyrum Course,and had a ball. There I was, pulling my golf clubs along right next to the Old Course and feeling so happy I could barely stand it..
Bill Fontaine, Madison WI, USA

Everything you say about those Scottish links golf courses is true. They blew us away. (Well, the wind helped too.) Please accept this gift as our way of saying thanks. Keep up the good work.
Bernie & Trish Lancaster, Burlington VT, USA

A unique website. It saved me a great deal of money, and golfing in Scotland was the best holiday ever.
Lars Petersson, Halmstad, Sweden