Golf in South West Scotland

Golf courses in Aryshire, Dumfries and Galloway within easy access of Little Laight Cottage

The South West is simply one of the most beautiful parts of Scotland and being home to over 100 golf courses remains one of the most popular regions of the home of golf.  It is a refreshing mix of famous names and hidden gems, not to mention its fair share of Open qualifiers. Aside from its attachment to Robert Burns and whisky, the region is also the dwelling place for three of the world's most treasured links courses, Turnberry, Royal Troon and Prestwick Golf Club. Saying that, the mix of parkland, heathland and moorland courses allows a rich variety of golfing treasures to be experienced.  Attention will be focused on the area when The British Open returns to Troon this summer 14 -17 July 2016.

Celebrated tracts that are modern classics sit side-by-side relative unknowns, a common and much valued asset that comes with the territory in Scottish golf. The range and breadth of courses available means that whatever your level and course preference, you'll never be far from fairways and greens suited to you.

Whatever your perfect Scottish golf break looks like, you can find it here. Many won’t get past the great links of Ayrshire, like Turnberry, where the Alisa Course is due to reopen in June 2016.  The Kintyre and the Arran courses having both remained open during Donald Trump’s massive renovation of the Turnberry resort.  However you will be missing out.  Drive south, down the stunning coast road and you will be rewarded.

Portpatrick, Stranraer and Wigtownshire County at Glenluce all participate in the Gateway to Golf Pass where you can play three rounds in five days for £90 or six rounds for £130.

Portpatrick Golf Club has two courses; the 18-hole main Dunskey course and the 9-hole Dinvin course. It  is one of Scotland`s Top 100 Courses and deservedly so. The main 18 hole course (Dunskey) has stunning coastal views. provides the experienced player with quite a challenge; seas breezes, gullies, blind drives, fiendish bunkers…

The 13th Tee ( Sandeel ) probably has one of the best views of any course in the area. It is close to the cliff edge at about the highest point and had views over Portpatrick to Crammag Head on the Mull of Galloway, The Isle of Man, Ireland including the Mountains of Mourne and even the Mull of Kintyre.

Stranraer Golf Club or Creachmore, like Portpatrick Dunskey is another of the ScottishTop 100 courses in our area. Stranraer Course was designed in 1950 by the distinguished golf course architect, James Braid who also designed the course at Gleneagles and many other top courses. Stranraer was to be his final commission.

The course has a modern clubhouse which has panoramic views over Loch Ryan to the hills beyond.

If none of the above are quite what you are looking for there is the pay and play Lagganmore with its elevated position overlooking the Irish sea or The St Medan Golf Club. This family-friendly, 9 hole course, laid out on the shores of Luce Bay in south west Scotland, offers an interesting and challenging game for novices and experienced golfers alike.

Little Laight cottage sits in the middle of this golfing heaven and is beautifully positioned to allow easy access to many of the courses mentioned above. So whether you prefer to follow in the steps of Tom Watson, Gary Player, and Greg Norman or prefer something a little more relaxed you will find it here.

Scotland's Southwest is a dream destination for visitors who love the outdoors – Not just golfers.  From hiking and motorbiking to sailing, fishing, cycling and relaxing in one of the many gardens in this area rich in forest, coast and countryside, there is something for everyone.

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