Scotland The Home Of Golf
Scotland the home of golf, this is where it took root. This ancient sport has flourished on Scottish soil for centuries and remains one of the most popular pursuits. Lots of golfers travel to Scotland each year to play some of the best courses in the world and we’ve picked out a few of them located near our Portpatrick Hotel and Self Catering Apartments.
Portpatrick Dunskey Golf Club
The village of Portpatrick sits on the south-west coast of Scotland. The cliff top Golf course has magnificent views across the Irish Sea and Northern Ireland can be seen some 22 miles away. On a clear day the Isle of Man and Mull of Kintyre may also be spotted. The golf club was founded in 1903 by Charles Orr Ewing MP, owner of the Dunskey Estate.
When the course was laid out it was originally 9 holes, in 1913 it was decided to extend the course to 18 holes, making it some 5,570 yards in length. Today the club has two courses, the 18 hole Dunskey course and the 9 hole Dinvin course.
The club has been described many times as “the number one golf holiday destination”. Over half the golfers that play here are visitors and return year after year. The Dunskey course has been upgraded in the last few years and now includes bunkers.
Stranraer Golf Club
Originally opened in 1906 when it was a 9-hole course, laid out by the 1883 Open Champion Willie Fernie. During the Second World War the course and clubhouse were requisitioned by the War Department as a transit camp. Once the War was over these were given back and James Braid who was asked to design a new course. The course was laid out from former farmland and now includes many mature trees making for a beautifully scenic environment as you play alongside the loch.
The signature hole is the 5th called “Corunna” which is played from an elevated position over looking Loch Ryan and the Irish Sea.
St Medan Golf Club
This golf course was formally opened in October 1905 by the Honorary President, Rt. Hon Sir Herbert Maxwell, Bart., MP., who remarked on how popular golf was starting to become by quoting: “A few years ago, golf was entirely confined to Scotland and now it is hardly possible to find an English common where golfers are not visible.” In the same year 58 other golf clubs opened in the UK.
This course has a special feature, it has 9 holes but you can play from 18 tees. This allows players to make optimum use of the hilly peninsula with its panoramic sea views and wonderful scenery. The course runs alongside the shore of Luce Bay in the south west of Scotland.
“The Well Hole” is their signature 4th Hole – This is a challenging ‘short ‘ hole, with danger right and left, and that is on a calm day!
Wigtownshire County Golf Course
This course was officially opened on 28th March 1894 by Sir Herbert Maxwell Bart M.P and since then the subsequent new clubhouses have been erected and upgraded as necessary to accommodate a growing membership and increasing visiting parties. The 9 hole course was purchased in 1966 for £2,000 and a further 45 acres of land was purchased from the DOAS thereby extending the course to 18 holes.
The course is located on the shores of Luce Bay and can prove challenging for both the high and low handicap players. The course is just over 6000 yards in length and on a clear day you can see over to the Isle of Man, watch out for the sea breeze which can blow you off course!
Newton Stewart Golf Club
Located in Dumfries and Galloway the Newton Stewart Golf Course is a par 69 parkland course measuring over 5,800 yards located at the edge of the Galloway Forest Park. The course is open all year round and as its coastline is traversed by the Gulf Stream this can make for a milder climate. At certain times of the year deer can be seen roaming the course.
With all of these courses and more to choose from on Scotland’s South West coast you may want to pack your Golf clubs! With our proximity to all these courses and our cliff top location overlooking the harbour and village, a break at The Portpatrick Hotel may be just what you are looking for. Here you can stay for 2 or 3 night weekend breaks or stay during the week for 2 or 4 nights. If you’re looking for self catering instead of a hotel break we also have 3 apartments to let as well.
If you have been to any of the above golf courses, why not say so below?