European Golf Vacations

The Home of Golf is Putting on Some Additions


Good news if you have a Scotland golf vacation planned in the next few years: you’ll likely have a handful of new, high-profile courses to play.

Not sure I’d call it a building boom, but there are a number of projects in the works.

Most recently (as in, a couple days ago) Donald Trump announced he’s proceeding with his second golf course and his resort in Aberdeen because the proposed windfarm project off the coast — to which he objected to — is now “as good as dead.”

Near Carnoustie, tour player Darren Clarke is working on The Angus, an 18-hole course that will anchor an upscale, Wyndham resort.

And finally in (or on) the sparsely inhabited Island of Jura, Australian hedge fund manager Greg Coffey is planning on building an exclusive golf course designed by fellow-Australian Bob Harrison.

I know I said all this was ‘good news,’ but let’s hope it truly is — my understanding is that Scotland’s supply and demand picture is similar to ours, i.e. too many golf courses for what is stagnant or even declining golfer participation.

What do you think? Are these new, high-profile golf courses good for Scotland?

Please share your thoughts or read what others are saying below.

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  1. Robert Wilson

    November 20, 2012 at 6:03 pm

    Not interested in new course. There are more than enough fine old courses to provide an almost unending adventure in “old school” golf.

  2. Mike

    November 20, 2012 at 6:19 pm

    As long as they’re proper links and not American-style courses transplanted to Scotland I’ll gladly travel to play them.

  3. Don C.

    November 20, 2012 at 6:21 pm

    I think they are good but I believe that until the global economy gets better
    or the BPS / DOLLAR exchange rate becomes more favorable, golf travel
    will remain sluggish.
    There are many guys in our circle who have been to Scotland and can afford to
    go again but object to paying a 57% premium. There are some great choices in
    the US and abroad that are great alternatives.

  4. Jimmy D

    November 20, 2012 at 6:21 pm

    Better hope the global economy improves and owners have deep pockets w/o tax deductions.

  5. Mitch Gieselman

    November 20, 2012 at 6:22 pm

    I love golf. And I love Scotland. Trump, not so much.
    I hope it pays big dividends for the first two.

  6. Doug Roberts

    November 20, 2012 at 6:50 pm

    Still longing for first trip to Donalds Aberdeen masterpiece. Have been to Machrie and the Jura project will probably help The Machrie which is in my opinion the best pure Natural Links course today. 2nd Trump and Clark build near Carnoustie will position the North East Area as a stand alone destination.

  7. Harrison Hine

    November 20, 2012 at 9:37 pm

    Having just returned from a 2 week vacation in eastern Scotland I am excited to see the new development opportunities. However, the Old Courses are still the best in my mind. We played both the Castle Course at St. Andrews and the new Trump International Scotland during our trip. Both courses were good with stunning views and great grooming. However we still liked the old courses the best. Muirfied, North Berwick, the Old Course, Carnoustie and Cruden Bay all topped the newer courses. Let’s just say that the bar is high and the new courses will have to work hard to measure up to the old!

  8. jeff

    November 21, 2012 at 1:35 am

    It’s great for the golfer but bad business. but as was said above there are plenty of courses to play already.

  9. steve kindred

    November 21, 2012 at 10:13 am

    If their rates are comparable to the US they should be ok, but there are so many great courses here already.

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