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The best Scottish golf courses to play in autumn |

Autumn is a time of year when many golfers Scotland seeking warmth and sun by visiting reliable destinations like Spain and Portugal, but for those of us who stay when the leaves start to fall, there are plenty of joys in living somewhere closer to home .

Looking at the thousands of reviews submitted in the Golf course sectionwe have specifically grouped together those entered during the months of September, October and November, to offer you a selection of places that come Highly recommended for this season.

There should be something here for everyone, whether you live in Scotland or fancy traveling a long way to the homeland of golf, so meet a few sites you should be flocking to over the next few weeks!

Location: Renfrewshire

Fall Rating: 5.00

Comment of the review: “Excellent course. Some holes difficult and others easier. Course in very good condition and very friendly staff.”

Location: Dumfries and Galloway

Fall score: 4.94

Review Comment: “I played Southerness on a very windy day, what a challenge! However, what a great links course, all aspects of the course were excellent and very well maintained, rewarded a good shot with lots of problems for a temperamental. All the staff were very welcoming which made for a fantastic day.”

Stuart Castle

Location: Highlands

Fall score: 4.80

Comment of the review: “The course was in very good condition. Superb layout. Great facilities and welcome.”

Sunflower

Location: Ayrshire

Fall score: 4.75

Review Comment: “Amazing course in excellent condition. Worth a visit if in your budget, was on my bucket list. Lived up to the hype.”

Gullana

Location: East Lothian

Fall score: 4.75

Review comment: “Brilliant design with beautiful fairways, views and very well maintained greens. The clubhouse, well stocked store and facilities were excellent as was the hospitality of the staff. A venue not to be missed. not to be missed in this part of Scotland.”

dunbar

Location: East Lothian

Fall score: 4.71

Review comment: “Lovely seaside setting makes for a breezy round. Great greens, tight approaches, too many blind shots for me, but all in all another enjoyable round of Scottish golf. Too bad the raincoats took a beating. Would love to play again on a nice day.”

Gleneagles

Location: Perthshire

Fall score: 4.67

Review Comment: “The King’s is a pure moorland masterpiece, exquisite packaging and attention to detail, and the whole resort is first class.”

Location: Angus

Fall score: 4.67

Review comment: “Well maintained, interesting selection of holes and a challenge for all abilities. Set in a beautiful village, the 18 return walk to the village is one of the best, with hospitality second to none.”

Location: Highlands

Fall score: 4.67

Reviewer’s Comment: “I really enjoy playing Elgin every time. The greens are always in excellent condition. Fabulous mix of holes. Definitely testing the long game.”

Kilspindie

Location: East Lothian

Fall score: 4.67

Review Comment: “Kilspindie is simply a stunning course, with stunning views over the Firth of Fourth and beyond. A real links course, it also has history on its side, this is the 35th oldest golf course in the world A single blind tee shot on the front nine, which is the most difficult nine, the second gives you real opportunities, but not without risk The staff and members are fabulously friendly, everyone “The place is a real golf course. You just have to play here.”

Location: Royal Deeside

Fall score: 4.64

Review Comment: “Played on 5th September whilst on holiday. We have played Aboyne for the past seven years. The course is a joy to play. It really is a good test of golf. The course is a must to play.”

Location: East Lothian

Fall score: 4.61

Review comment: “All facilities are first class. The course can be challenging with tight shots and trees to avoid but very enjoyable. Well maintained and designed and a real pleasure to play and for once the weather was clement so we had the best of this Scottish venue. Very welcoming and friendly staff.”

Crail

Location: Fife

Fall score: 4.60

Review Comment: “I found the course to be in amazing condition and value for money.”

Location: Borders

Fall score: 4.60

Review Comment: “Awesome course, lots of challenges for a beginner golfer like me. A few fairly long holes, but all fit in. The course was in fantastic condition with breathtaking views.”

Location: Fife

Fall score: 4.57

Review Comment: “I took the opportunity of a freebie to play the new course. A wonderful day and experience. The course was, as expected, fantastic. The greens were searing and superb (too bad that my putt was not).”

International asset

Location: Aberdeenshire

Fall score: 4.57

Review comment: “A beautiful golf course with great practice facilities and great caddies. Would recommend playing.”

Location: Aberdeenshire

Fall score: 4.56

Review comment: “Great little parkland course. Nice first hole to start and prepare for your swing. Lots of unique holes to play with a great mix of 3s, 4s and 5s. Well worth the trip from Aberdeen.”

Monifieth Golf Links

Location: Angus

Fall rating: 4.50

Review Comment: “Monifieth is a great links course and amazing greens.”

Location: Dumfries and Galloway

Fall rating: 4.50

Review Comment: “Great course with fantastic views and a good variety of holes. Practice facilities were excellent covering putting, short game and driving range.”

Craigielaw Golf Club

Location: East Lothian

Fall rating: 4.50

Review comment: “A very challenging course with very unforgiving bunkers. Nice layout, great holes and very scenic on the coast. A real links club that doesn’t pull punches, you have to keep it on the fairway and out of that sand. Great condition and great facilities, very welcoming too.”

Location: Fife

Fall rating: 4.50

Review comment: “Aberdour Golf Club is just a joy to play. The stunning views from the minute you arrive, from the clubhouse, from the first tee, are all breathtaking. Very interesting two par 3’s to start, and a very well presented and well maintained golf course. Setting, tees, greens, fairways, this course is simply impeccable. An absolute must.”

Location: Fife

Fall score: 4.43

Review Comment: “We had a great day, if you’re in the area this is a must see golf course, in great condition considering the time of year.”

Location: Highlands

Fall score: 4.43

Review comment: “Moray New, probably not your first choice if you play Moray, but what an interesting and challenging little track. shot. Old style links, very fast greens, worth the shot.”

Royal Dornoch

Location: Highlands

Fall score: 4.40

Review Comment: “Played many times, great course, great greens and stunning views on a classic links course.”

Location: Highlands

Fall score: 4.40

Review comment: “A very well laid out course with well cut fairways and good greens. There is a good mix of long and short par 4’s, with only one par 5. It pays to drive straight with harsh penalties that make me take four three-off tees in my round, painful for the score! The bunkers also seemed well placed to catch the visiting golfer! So a tough course but worth it with the layout well maintained to match the beautiful surroundings of the Cairngorm Hills and the forests of Speyside.”

Pitreavie

Location: Fife

Fall score: 4.33

Review Comment: “Excellent course in good condition for the time of year. Everyone I met on the course was very friendly.”

The Duke's St Andrews

Location: Fife

Fall score: 4.33

Comment of the review: “Superb course, long with lots of bunkers. Greens in excellent condition. Good course management is essential.”

Location: Aberdeenshire

Fall score: 4.30

Review Comment: “Balnagask is a great course, offering a different challenge every day, depending on the weather. Always in good condition, with greens in good shape. I love playing the course.”

Dalmahoy

Location: Edinburgh

Fall score: 4.30

Review Comment: “The West Course at Dalmahoy may not be as long as the East, but it is a little tighter to go. Some nice holes and a great mix of par 3’s, all of which lead to a good round of golf.”

Location: Fife

Fall score: 4.27

Review comment: “Burntisland is a fantastic course. First of all the views around the course are amazing. Many very interesting holes, some original par 3’s make it a challenge. Worth a visit.”


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