History Lesson Collection

Courses which played a pivotal role in the history of the game.

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  • Address:
    St Andrews, Fife, KY16 9JD, Scotland
  • Reason to Visit:
    Unreservedly, it is the greatest and most influential golf course in the history of the game.

  • Address:
    Musselburgh Racecourse, Balcarres Road, Musselburgh, Midlothian, EH21 7SR, Scotland
  • Reason to Visit:
    A walk through history on the world's oldest golf course, it is a must-play as perhaps as the first or last stop on your Scottish sojourn.

  • Address:
    Bruntsfield Links, Melville Drive, Edinburgh, Midlothian, EH10 4HR, Scotland
  • Reason to Visit:
    Its free, fun and located on hallowed turf. The clubhouse? A tavern from 1456!

Wokin…
  • Address:
    Pond Road, Hook Heath, Woking, Surrey, GU22 0JZ, England
  • Reason to Visit:
    Not just the course, but the 4th hole in-particular, was the birthplace of strategic golf design. Low & Paton have shaped the game since they placed their centre-line bunker.

  • Address:
    Ganton, Scarborough, North Yorkshire, YO12 4PA, England
  • Reason to Visit:
    The bunkers are real tests that punish. One of only a few clubs that has hosted the Curtis, Walker and Ryder Cup.

  • Address:
    Links Parade, Carnoustie, Angus, DD7 7JE, Scotland
  • Reason to Visit:
    A rare Allan Robertson, Old Tom Morris & James Braid masterpiece makes this a strategic links that has tested the worlds best to the limit from 1931 until now.

  • Address:
    Coldra Woods, The Usk Valley, Newport, Gwent, NP18 1HQ, Wales
  • Reason to Visit:
    Built to host the 2010 Ryder Cup, it has water, variety and teeth.

  • Address:
    Golf Club Drive, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey, KT2 7DF, England
  • Reason to Visit:
    Royalty, celebrities and golfing greats have graced these hallowed fairways. A JF Abercromby classic with heritage to match.

  • Address:
    Pendreich Road, Bridge of Allan, Sunnylaw, Stirlingshire, FK9 4LY, Scotland
  • Reason to Visit:
    An inland, untouched Old Tom 9 holer from 1895. This is Victorian golf in its unaltered state.

The H…
  • Address:
    Duncur Road, Gullane, Muirfield, Gullane, East Lothian, EH31 2EG, Scotland
  • Reason to Visit:
    It should be on the dream list of any serious golfer. It is a perennial contender to be named the greatest golf course in the world.

  • Address:
    The Clubhouse, Aberlady, Longniddry, East Lothian, EH32 0QD, Scotland
  • Reason to Visit:
    With so much great golf in East Lothian, Kilspindie gets overlooked but Tom Doak and No Laying Up has given it cult status.

  • Address:
    Kingarrock, Hill of Tarvit Mansion House, Cupar, Fife, KY15 5PB, Scotland
  • Reason to Visit:
    Step back in time and try your hand on the only hickory golf club in the UK.

  • Address:
    Promenade, Leven, Fife, KY8 4HS, Scotland
  • Reason to Visit:
    A links most pass up on the way to St Andrews is a worth a stop to play.

  • Address:
    South Anston, Worksop, South Yorkshire, S81 8BH, England
  • Reason to Visit:
    Alister MacKenzie touted Lindrick as one of the best inland courses in Britain. The fact it isn't better known is testament to the quality of British golf.

  • Address:
    Harrogate Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS17 7DB, England
  • Reason to Visit:
    MacKenzie built the legendary hole Gibraltar, after which we garnered support for the other 17.

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