Breakthrough for the Scottish Open

It was announced today that the Scottish Open is scheduled to be aired live on NBC this summer.  This is great news for the event and also for Castle Stuart Golf Links.

Castle Stuart in the Highlands will host the event for the 3rd consecutive year in July with a prime slot the week before the Open Championship at Muirfield.  Castle Stuart is still a young course – having opened its doors in 2009 – but it is already ranked 56th in the world.  It’s a ‘must play’ for anyone visiting the Highlands!

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By Gary Sheppard.  Gary is one of PerryGolf’s Golf Travel Specialists

The Highlands of Scotland


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A spirited romp through Scotland’s Links and Whisky Trails

A sign in the Glasgow Airport proclaims that Scotland is the best small country in the world. Aye, especially if your idea of heaven is hitting true seaside links by day and enjoying a wee dram and genuine Scottish hospitality in a snug pub or castle by night.

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Nairn to host 2012 Curtis Cup

The 2012 Curtis Cup will be held at Nairn Golf Club on the 125th anniversary of the founding of the club.   The course, which has hosted a number of important tournaments over the years, including the 1999 Walker Cup and the Scottish Amateur Championships, will be the most northerly venue yet.

The announcement will provide another boost to the Highlands, which over the past two years has increased in popularity with overseas visitors after the opening of the fantastic Castle Stuart Golf Links which is being tipped to be the next host of the European Tour’s Scottish Open once Loch Lomond ceases to become host venue.  When you add these two fantastic courses to Royal Dornoch, which is in the top 20 world rankings, it gives the area a huge appeal to all golfers.

By Keith Baird.  Keith has been with PerryGolf for over 10 years and is one of our Golf Travel Specialists.

Royal Golf Hotel receives Top Honour

Royal Golf Hotel
Royal Golf Hotel

At the recent Golf Tourism Scotland awards ceremony, The Royal Golf Hotel in Dornoch was named the ‘Hotel of the Year’ in the large hotel category.  After some extensive refurbishment and under new ownership, the hotel re-opened in April 2010.  Overlooking the first tee at Royal Dornoch Golf Club, the hotel is ideally located for golf in the Highlands.  Royal Dornoch, Brora, Tain, Golspie, Castle Stuart, and Nairn are all within striking distance and all come highly recommended.  Click here for more information.

By Gary Sheppard.  Gary has been with PerryGolf for over 4 years and is a one of our Golf Travel Specialists.

The Kings Club at the Kingsmills Hotel, Inverness

The Kings Club at the Kingsmills Hotel
The Kings Club at the Kingsmills Hotel

The Kingsmills Hotel in Inverness is the perfect place to be based when playing the three great courses of the Scottish Highlands, Royal Dornoch, Nairn and Castle Stuart.  The hotel has recently added The Kings Club, which is a separate building around a hundred yards from the main hotel.  It is perfect for couples and groups of guys alike with luxurious and spacious bedrooms decorated in tasteful warm colours.  All of the rooms are identical and all have either a balcony or a patio depending on which floor they are on.

Whilst the fact the reception area adjoins the restaurant, which I thought was slightly strange and could spoil the evening ambience (it does work well for breakfast) there’s another dining option in the main hotel, so this feature doesn’t detract too much from the quality of the Kings Club.  With it being in the perfect location to commute to the golf courses, and with Inverness city centre nearby, it makes sense that almost anyone going to this area stays there.  As the main hotel is only a slightly less expensive option, and with the Kings Club being so impressive, I’d urge anyone staying in Inverness to opt for the more modern and luxurious option as you won’t be disappointed.

By Keith Baird.  Keith has been with PerryGolf for over 10 years and is one of our Golf Travel Specialists.