22nd February 2018
5 Places for Winter Golfing
Scotland is an iconic location for great golfing throughout the world. Many travel far and wide to have the privilege of playing the world-famous championship courses this beautiful country has to offer. Fortunately, with their coastal locations, many of the outstanding courses are still available to play throughout the winter season, and many are in close proximity to many of our top hotels. So find 5 top hotels for the links-lovers amongst you.
1. Macdonald Rusacks Hotel, St Andrews ★★★★ 3 AA Rosette
The beautiful Macdonald Rusacks Hotel is ideally located in the heart of St Andrews – The Home of Golf. This picturesque coastal town is home to 7 outstanding golf courses, including the world-famous Old Course. The hotel benefits from stunning views across the West Sands Beach and of the 18th hole on this exceptional golf course. A hotel truly dedicated to the 600 year old game, it provides a specialist golf concierge service to help you create your ideal golfing itinerary throughout your stay. The hotel is also home to a unique Ryder Cup Art Collection displayed in ‘The Austen Gallery of Champions”. The collection comprises a series of oil-painted portraits of golfing greats, past and present, created by world-renowned golf artist, Joe Austen. The Rusacks is also an award-winning hotel, picking up the ‘Best Large Hotel of the Year’ at the prestigious Scottish Golf Tourism Awards in 2012.
2. The Marine Hotel Troon, Ayrshire ★★★★
Situated on the stunning Ayrshire coastline, the Marine Hotel Troon is really at the heart of this golfers paradise. Right on the hotel’s doorstep you will find the Royal Troon, which is home to the Portland Course and the world famous Old Course, known for it’s challenging terrain and spectacular views. It has hosted the Open Championship nine times, most recently in 2016 where Henrik Stenson stole the show. For the golfing historians, just 10 minutes drive from the hotel lies the birthplace of the Open Championship at the Prestwick Golf Course. Back in 1860, the first tee shot was struck at a tournament organised honouring the death of the pioneering golfer Alan Robertson, and thus the Open was born. It really is a real must see and play for all link-loving enthusiasts! Back at the hotel, you can relax and refresh after a day on the green, perhaps with a spa treatment, a delicious handcrafted dish in the Truin Restaurant, or simply taking in the views from the comfort of your hotel room.
3. Old Course Hotel St Andrews, Golf Resort & Spa, St Andrews
★★★★★ 3 AA Rosettes
There is no other course in the world that has hosted more Opens than the Old Course at St Andrews, and no more famous golfing hotels than the Old Course Hotel St Andrews, Golf Resort and Spa. Overlooking the 17th hole, this hotel is the epitome of premium luxury and outstanding customer service. The 5 star hotel boasts a glittering array of awards, from the 3 AA Rosette Road Hole restaurant to their award-winning afternoon tea. To ensure your stay is effortless, there is a team of golf stewards on hand to help you with course reservations and expert advise on all the top spots to play. The Old Course is usually at the top of any golfers bucket list, but if you aren’t lucky enough to win the daily ballot to play on this course, there are 9 other exceptional places to play in the area, in addition to the hotel’s own ‘The Duke’s’ course. The Duke’s is one of the finest courses in the UK, and benefits from stunning panoramic views of the countryside and sea. It’s no wonder the hotel has a world-class reputation, so is a truly must visit for any passionate putters, especially with our incredible DB&B Offer from only £199 per room!
4. Macdonald Marine Hotel & Spa ★★★★ 2 AA Rosette
The Macdonald Marine Hotel & Spa is a majestic 19th century property located shoreside in the beautiful seaside town of North Berwick, east of Edinburgh. It’s the ideal location to experience a luxury hotel and be within arms-reach of fantastic golf courses, including the Open Championship qualifiers Dunbar, Gullane and North Berwick West Links. The closest of which is at The North Berwick Golf Club, which is only a short distance from the hotel and boasts breath-taking views over the Firth of Forth and the islands scattered along the stunning shoreline. A hotel that really looks after it’s golfing and non-golfing guests alike, they have stacked up an array of awards, including the award for ‘Accommodation Experience of the Year’ at the Golf Tourism Excellence Awards in 2013. The hotel itself is a great place to relax and unwind, with its luxurious spa and leisure facilities. There is a wide range of treatments on offer, from massages to facials, for both men and women. Guests can also dine in the 2 AA Rosette awarded Craigleith restaurant for an incredible gourmet experience in a stunning setting.
5. Greywalls Hotel, Gullane ★★★★★ 2 AA Rosette
The Greywalls Hotel is an exceptional 5 star Edwardian property which overlooks the Muirfield championship course in the golfing paradise of Gullane. The Muirfield is one of the oldest and most exclusive golf clubs in the UK and has recently been ranked 4th ‘Best Golf Course in the World’ according to Golf Digest. Little has changed on the course since it was established in 1936, but in 2008 Martin Hawtree (architect) was commissioned to help keep the course challenging to the world’s great golfers. Although it is a private members club, they welcome visitors to experience this historic green on Tuesdays and Thursdays, which can be checked online here. The hotel is truly one of Scotland’s most charming and luxurious country houses, and is the perfect spot to enjoy a relaxing golf break. Enjoy a morning stroll through the stunning walled gardens, or a G&T in the elegant drawing room or simply relax in your individually designed bedroom, most of which enjoy uninterrupted views of the Muirfield & Firth of Forth or the gardens and rolling hillside surrounding.
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Written by Annika Rieley, 23 February 2018.