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Why golf is considered the national sport of Scotland? (Part 2)

It is true that Scotland spends all four seasons in one day. To chance optimistic, chaotic Scottish elements make the game more interesting. High prevailing winds (especially on coastal courses) and an ever-present breeze pose a welcome challenge, while likely the rain is destined for the course!

This being said, the moments are nothing but brilliant rays dancing on rolling terrain, enchanting landscapes and impressive sceneries of Scotland (it happens more than you think), making playing golf is less than a sport and many moments of divine intervention.

Plenty of ancient and classic, new and exciting others, Scotland boasts over 550 courses, arguably the best in the world. Draped with prestige and riddled with tradition, perhaps the most famous is the Old Course at St Andrews, with its big green twin; Famous 700-year-old Swilcan Bridge; and of course, The Road Hole (one of the most famous holes in golf history).

The first golf match

Considered internationally as a ‘golf course’ and regarded as a mandatory pilgrimage site, Links at St Andrews organized the first match. It has hosted the Open Championship 29 times and also affects the rules of golf by setting an 18-hole precedent. Scattered across the country, Muirfield, Royal Dornoch, Carnoustie, Kingsbarns and North Berwick are just a few of Scotland’s fascinating courses.

The layout of a course is just as important as the rules and location. Although mostly subjective, a multitude of aspects must be considered when choosing a ‘good course’; such as the direction of the green, the bunker and the slopes, the variety (ie there is a combination of doglegs, straight, long or short holes); and whether the course is mountainous, flat, coastal or inland.

Scotland is blessed with many courses designed by great Scottish golf architects James Braid, Old Tom Morris and Tom Bendelow, whose work today, still reigns supreme. However, another reason why golfers flock to Scotland as there is no tomorrow.

At the end of the day, when it comes to this Scottish national sport, it’s important to note at least one thing – you can take a golfer out of Scotland but you can’t take Scotland off the golf course!