Best golf & spa resorts in Scotland
Discover our best Scottish golf & spa resorts to experience the best of both worlds at the 'home of golf'.
There’s no better place to explore than Scotland. Whether it’s discovering the quieter heathland courses or playing on the clifftops of coastal links, Scotland always makes for an unforgettable trip. Experience the perfect bars to unwind in and find your appetite whether it’s homemade food or fine dining.
To help you get the most out of your next trip, both on and off the course, we’ve put together a list of our best golf & spa resorts in Scotland. Whether you are looking to explore the history of St Andrews or take in the beautiful views of the Ayrshire coastline, the resorts below will provide an ideal base for your next golf vacation.
Trump Turnberry, Scotland
The magnificent edwardian building has unforgettably stunning décor from its high chandeliers to illustrious beds. The five-star venue is positioned at the top of the 800-acre estate, offering remarkable views at every point while providing a luxury experience consisting of breathtaking courses, remarkable facilities and fitting hospitality.
Stay in any of the accommodations which include a variety of deluxe bedrooms, villas, cottages and suites.
Exuberant service is to be expected, with over a century of hospitality and heritage. When dining or just grabbing a drink, the venue hosts an assortment of culinary delights and casual cuisine throughout their four dining facilities leaving you spoilt for choices.
The signature restaurant is 1906, named after the year the hotel opened, serving a full menu of locally sourced ingredients.
The resort understands a healthy lifestyle mixed with leisure, offering a fitness center and refurbished spa providing relaxation and refreshment.
Presenting two impressive coastal links courses, the Alisa Course is historically known for hosting The Open Championship in 1977 and welcoming its return in 2009. In addition, the ruthless King Robert the Bruce Course gives challenging deep bunkers and rolling fairways.
Both courses test a variety of abilities, and the scenic coastal views and well-kept greens will leave you unable to forget the sensational courses.
Old Course Hotel St Andrews
In the heart of St Andrews, often referred to as the golfing mecca, the five-star St Andrews Old Course Hotel is every golfer’s dream resort. The 144 refurbished bedrooms offer an elegant feel in addition to the modern bathrooms and stylish décor.
Embrace the views overlooking the famous Old Course at St Andrews Links and the renowned West Sands Beach which is only a five-minute walk away.
The Old Course Hotel provides celebrity treatment with a bundle of modernized spa facilities. Enjoy the fitness suite which contains modern equipment and then unwind in the incredible rooftop jacuzzi. Revel in the state of the art hydrotherapy pool, plunge pool, Japanese steam room and light therapy sauna to name a few, offering a variety of packages.
The Road Hole Restaurant provides marvelous views of the golf course plus the sea to match the high-quality Scottish seafood and grills, led by an award-winning team producing exceptional dining. If searching for something different, the historic building which has become Jigger Inn offers delicious homemade food and a welcoming atmosphere.
Being on the footsteps of multiple magnificent courses you will be spoilt for choice. A change from the links is the heathland Duke’s Golf Course which is connected to the hotel and is the perfect challenge with tree-lined fairways to match the breathtaking views.
Duke’s Golf Course
Historically, the Championship Course at Carnoustie Golf Links is another favorite often regarded as the toughest Open venue, with a well-known 245-yard par 3 16th. Other scenic courses including the New Course at St Andrews Links and Kingsbarns Golf Links both offering the best Scottish golf has to offer.
The Gleneagles Resort
The Gleneagles Resort is an esteemed venue that does not disappoint. Situated in the heart of the Scottish countryside this magnificent hotel was quoted as “the most magical place on earth” by forbes.com. The resort speaks for itself offering endless luxury treatments accompanied by hundreds of devoted staff who make the stay unforgettable.
The 850 acres of land provide a grand French chateau-style venue which has 232 luxurious guest bedrooms and suites which deliver a feeling of excellence during your stay.
Unmatched leisure facilities ensure time can be spent using the cutting-edge gym equipment or simply relaxing and alleviating in the Spa facilities. Enjoy swimming pools, Turkish baths, and a sauna, as well as health and beauty treatments.
The estate provides three championship courses which produce phenomenal surrounding countryside views. The PGA Centenary Course is the most well-known due to hosting the 2014 Ryder Cup and 2019 Solheim Cup which saw Europe emerge victorious. With five tee positions, the track varies from 5,065 to 7,081 yards in length.
The King’s Course designed by James Braid dates to 1919, hosting eight Scottish Opens known best for their well-manicured fairways and a serious test of ability. Also designed by Braid, The Queen’s Course is a stunning heathland which presents golfers with a unique experience of beauty and difficulty.
Fairmont St Andrews
The five-star venue encapsulates lavish and hair-raising surroundings when staying at the Fairmont St Andrews. The world-class resort is set in 520 acres of stunning coastal surroundings and is complemented by their welcoming Scottish hospitality which is especially attentive and friendly.
All accommodation will leave you amazed when staying at the Fairmont due to the spacious and stylish guestrooms.
After a round on the course, the accommodating hotel bar allows you to unwind and have a drink. Get involved in the vast choices when dining including La Cucina, the hotel’s amazing Italian restaurant which offers a range of gourmet pizzas, pasta, and outstanding seafood dishes.
Fairmont prides itself on its European-style health spa which offers a full range of body and beauty treatments to make the most of. Other leisure activities available include the modern large heated indoor swimming pool and jacuzzi.
The resort has two unbelievable championship length coastal links. Torrance Course is the easier of the two with striking views of St Andrews Bay and the Auld Grey Toon from the clifftop track. The Kittocks Course is another clifftop beauty with jaw dropping views, the par 72 is a fantastic combination of American style and the traditional golf of St Andrews.
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