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Scotland is synonymous with golf, boasting some of the world's most iconic and picturesque courses. For travellers aboard the Caledonian Sleeper, the journey through Scotland presents an opportunity to experience the nation's golfing heritage.

Here's a guide to the finest golf courses near our stops, ensuring an unforgettable golfing experience amidst Scotland's breath-taking landscapes.

Bridge at Old Course St Andrews

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St Andrews: The Old Course (Leuchars)

St Andrews is home to 7 golf courses, but The Old Course is the epitome of golfing history and tradition. As the oldest golf course in the world, it holds a special place in the hearts of golfers worldwide. With its iconic features like the Swilcan Bridge and Hell Bunker, playing the Old Course is a bucket-list experience for golf enthusiasts. Designed by nature itself, the Old Course has been the stage for countless memorable moments in golfing history. It has hosted The Open Championship more times than any other course, cementing its status as a true golfing Mecca.

Castle Course St Andrews

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St Andrews: The Castle Course (Leuchars)

Situated on the cliffs overlooking St Andrews Bay, The Castle Course offers a modern twist on traditional links golf, providing golfers with panoramic views of the coastline and St Andrews itself. Designed by David McLay Kidd, this challenging course features waving fairways, rugged bunkers, and strategic layout, making it a favourite among golfers seeking a memorable round. This newest addition to St Andrews Links opened in 2008, it quickly gained acclaim for its scenery

Royal Dornoch Golf Course

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Inverness: Royal Dornoch Golf Club 

Located approximately 40 miles north of Inverness, Royal Dornoch Golf Club is situated amidst the stunning Highland scenery and offers a true Scottish links experience. Golfers can navigate the natural dunes and enjoy panoramic views of the North Sea. The club's Championship Course, designed by Old Tom Morris, consistently ranks among the top courses globally. Its challenging yet fair layout, combined with the unpredictable weather conditions, provides a memorable golfing adventure.

Fortrose & Rosemarkie gold course

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Inverness: Fortrose & Rosemarkie Golf Club 

Situated on the Black Isle, approximately 15 miles northeast of Inverness, Fortrose & Rosemarkie Golf Club offers a unique links experience, with views across the Moray Firth to the Chanonry Lighthouse. The first documented evidence of golf being played here was 1702 with the club being founded in 1793, this course combines traditional links features with modern challenges, making it a favourite among golfers seeking a memorable round amidst stunning coastal scenery. 

Open trophy at Gleneagles

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Perthshire: Gleneagles Golf Courses (Gleneagles)

Located 15 miles west of Perth, Gleneagles offers a luxury golfing experience, boasting three championship courses set amidst the picturesque Scottish countryside. From the challenging PGA Centenary Course, host of the 2014 Ryder Cup, to the scenic King's and Queen's Courses, Gleneagles offers a golfing experience tailored to every player.

Moray golf course

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Inverness: Moray Golf Club 

Located in Lossiemouth, approximately 40 miles east of Inverness, Moray Golf Club boasts two championship courses, the Old Course and the New Course, both offering a classic links golf experience. With undulating fairways, challenging bunkers, and views of the Moray Firth, Moray Golf Club provides golfers with an unforgettable journey through Scotland's golfing heritage. The Old Course at Moray Golf Club dates back to 1889 and has hosted numerous professional and amateur tournaments over the years. Its strategic layout and natural features ensure a challenging yet rewarding round for golfers of all abilities.

Royal Aberdeen golf course

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Aberdeen: Royal Aberdeen Golf Club 

Situated in the centre of Aberdeen and Founded in 1780, Royal Aberdeen Golf Club is one of the oldest and most prestigious golf clubs in Scotland. It boasts two outstanding courses: the Balgownie Links and the Silverburn Course. The Balgownie Links, designed by Archie and Robert Simpson, is the club's championship course and is consistently ranked among the top courses in the world. The Balgownie Links at Royal Aberdeen Golf Club has a rich history of hosting prestigious tournaments, including the Scottish Open and the Amateur Championship

Montrose Golf course

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Montrose: Montrose Golf Links

Considered to be the 5th oldest course in the word, Montrose is also the 3rd oldest royal golf club in the world. It also follows the lay of the land, but throughout history is has been lucky enough to have the notable trio of Old Tom Morris, Willie Park Jnr, and Harry Colt provide their input to make it the course it is today.

Woodlands Glencoe golf course

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Fort William: Woodlands Glencoe

Situated 20 miles south from Fort William, and nestled between the rugged Scottish Highlands, The Glencoe Golf Club offers a unique golfing experience. Surrounded by mountains and overlooking Loch Leven, this picturesque course provides a memorable test for golfers of all skill levels.