Scotland Golf Travel Tips

Remember, in Scotland, respect for the history and traditions of golf are held near and dear.So, as Americans, we need to keep in mind we’re on sacred soil. (And perhaps instill some of these traditions back home?)

Walk the Course…very few courses offer golf carts. Get in shape…and enjoy the walk! Caddies-A caddie can help make the unfamiliar course familiar and add to the richness of your Scottish golf experience.

Pace of Play… Golf is played briskly with little tolerance for slow play. A round is expected to take less than 4 hours, and often less than 3 ½ hours. Tip! Adopt a good, solid, pre-shot routine, forget trying to find your swing on the course. If you blast a ball into the high grass or gorse,take a dropout on the fairway,add a stroke, and play on.

Handicap Cards… Carry your handicap card with you, or a letter of introduction from your home club professional, to verify your level of play. You may never be asked for it but if you are looking to get on as a single or two-some, it can come in handy. Most starters will pair singles/two-somes with similar level players when possible.

Dress Codes… Somewhat more formal. Similar to an upscale US Country Club. Generally, avoid shorts, jeans, cut-offs and some Scots seem a bit put off by sneaker-looking golf shoes. As a rule, adopt the look of a golf pro. And, some Clubhouses do require a jacket, a ties, street shoes and dress pants.

Scotland Golf Travel Tips

Baseball Caps…Take ‘em off when inside the clubhouse.

Course Etiquette… Locals are more sticklers for the Rules of Golf. Leave your Mulligans and gimmie three footers at home and count all your strokes, including penalties.

Punctuality… You’ll find starters at Scotland golf courses are very much in charge. Show up at least 15 minutes before your tee time to be safe.

Take Extra Golf Balls… With the wind, high grass, tight driving areas, you are going to lose balls! Cost of balls in Scotland and Ireland is 3-4 times higher than in the US. Take extra balls.