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Golf In Scotland


If you decide to play golf in Scotland you will find that most Scottish Golf Courses and in particular links golf courses are open almost all year round. 

However, they are in their best condition and the weather is more suitable for golfing between the months of April and October.

The climate is temperate and neither gets too hot nor too cold.

In the summer months the long daylight hours make it possible to be playing golf in Scotland until 10.30pm.

This allows you to play two rounds of golf in a day comfortably, without having to rush lunch.

In the height of summer, it is possible to tee off after dinner around 6pm and still get 18 holes played.


Are Caddies and Carts Available 

Although Caddies are widely available in Scotland, it is highly recommended they be requested in advance. 

Caddies are not employed by golf clubs, therefore availability cannot be guaranteed.

Golf carts are not available at all golf courses and usually limited in number. Again it is recommended to request these in advance.

Some golf courses in Scotland, particularly Old Scottish Links courses, only allow golf carts on production of a medical certificate. 

On these occasions the buggy is normally driven by a caddie and provided free of charge with the appropriate caddie fee and gratuity paid to the caddy.


Will I Require A Handicap Certificate 

Not all golf clubs ask for handicap certificates to be produced but they should be carried with you at all times.

A small number of golf clubs have handicap restrictions.

Meridian Golf Tours will advise you of any handicap restrictions when you are deciding which golf courses in Scotland to include in  your Scotland Golf Packages


What Things Should I Take With Me 

In addition to your clubs, pack waterproof shoes and rain suits and two or three pairs of all weather golf gloves. 

It's advisable to pack some warm clothing even in the summer as the wind can become chilly. 

Bring plenty of golf balls as most likely you will lose some in the gorse when the wind blows.


Where Are The Main Airports In Scotland ?

Scotland's international airports are served by daily flights (direct or by onward connection) from airports around the world.

The main access points are Edinburgh, Glasgow and Inverness airports.


What Is My Choice Of Golf Transport 

The main choices are self-drive car or minibus rental or chauffeur-driven coach.

Meridian Golf Tours will recommend and arrange suitable Golf Transport for your Scotland golf vacation.

If you choose to self drive, remember to drive on the left hand side of the road.

Estimate an average travelling speed of 40-50 miles per hour


What Type Of Accommodation Is Available 

Accommodation options for your golf in Scotland ranges from self catering holiday cottages and apartments (Exclusive use properties), excellent guest houses to luxury 5 star hotels or exclusive use manor homes or castles.

For all hotel and guesthouse accommodation a full Scottish breakfast is normally included.


The Currency In Scotland 

The unit of currency in Scotland is the British Pound (GBP). 

Currencies can be purchased at banks or foreign exchange departments using foreign currency, travellers cheques or Eurocheques with eurocheque card. 

Normal banking hours in Scotland are 10.00am to 4.00pm, Monday to Friday, and banks are open at Airports for all flight arrivals. 

ATMs (Automatic Teller Machines/cash dispensers) are located at banks in many towns and some retail outlets.

Most outlets accept major credit cards, particularly Visa, MasterCard, Cirrus and Plus debit cards.

Western Union services are available at Tourist and Post Offices throughout the country.


Can I Use My Credit Cards 

MasterCard/Eurocard and Visa/Electron are accepted widely in Scotland. Many establishments acccept American Express and Diners Club cards.


Passports and Visas 

UK and EU citizens do not require a passport or visa for travel to Scotland.

Visitors of all other nationalities should contact their local Scottish Embassy or Consulate prior to travelling to Scotland. 

 We hope you find this guide useful in planning Scotland Golf Packages