Whilst its ancient origins are often debated, the modern game of golf is known as being one of Scotland’s finest exports, dating back as far as the 15th century.
The only annual major championship in the game to be held outside of the US is the British Open, for which England and Scotland share hosting responsibilities. However, it is arguably the links courses north of the border that has the greatest appeal to the professionals.
The most famous Open Championship courses on the Scottish coast include Carnoustie, Royal Troon and of course, the home of golf, St Andrews; all of which are within a 90-minute drive or so from Edinburgh.
For this reason, Scotland’s capital can make the perfect base for a golfing holiday; offering the opportunity to be in a central location between the historic courses, as well as being a great city to unwind in when evening rolls around.
If you are daunted by the prospect of the playing a round at one of the previous locations, many in and around Edinburgh can still offer you the chance to sample world-class golf, whilst being within touching distance of the historic city.
Current British Open course Muirfield, which is set to welcome the championship in 2013, is open to visitors and located 45 minutes east of the city. Should you wish to indulge in some Golf history Musselburgh Links, a former Open Championship course and recognised by Guinness World Records as the oldest golf course in the world, is only a 20-minute drive from the city-centre. Courses like Gullane and Dalmahoy also offer outstanding challenges to visitors, and are just two examples of the many courses within close reach of Edinburgh.