Scotland, a huge travel in the country of golf

Playing at Kilspindie Golf Club is like stepping back in time, allowing you to breathe in the pure, unspoiled essence of Scotland

by Andrea Gussoni
Scotland, a huge travel in the country of golf
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Scotland, a land of hidden gems, is globally renowned not only for its millennium-old distillery traditions—from Scotch to Cider—but also for the fusion of Celtic and British populations that have coexisted for centuries.

This blend has fostered a strong sense of patriotism and a rich sporting culture.

Scotland, golf

Indeed, it was in Scotland, centuries ago, that two of the world's most beloved sports were born: curling in the mid-1500s and golf during a pleasant summer day in the early 1400s.

Since then, Scotland has become the hallowed ground for golf enthusiasts, hosting some of the oldest tournaments in the world along its scenic landscapes between England and the Atlantic Ocean. Playing at Kilspindie Golf Club is like stepping back in time, allowing you to breathe in the pure, unspoiled essence of Scotland.

From views of Edinburgh to the seagulls soaring in search of food and seals basking on the beaches, the experience is a blend of natural beauty and historical charm. Kilspindie Golf Club, founded in 1867 originally as Luffness Golf Club, was the 35th registered golf club in the world.

The course was originally located across the Peffer Burn in what is now part of the Aberlady Bay Local Natural Reserve. In 1899, following a split in the club due to the creation of a new course closer to Gullane Village, the remaining members accepted an offer to build a new course on adjacent land, leading to the birth of Kilspindie Golf Club.

With a tradition spanning over 157 years, Kilspindie Golf Club is known for its warm and welcoming clubhouse atmosphere. Here, modern devices are set aside—mobile phones are banned except for emergencies—allowing guests to fully immerse themselves in the tranquility of golf as it was over a century ago.

The golf course, a par 69 designed by Willie Park Jr. and Ben Sayers, challenges golfers right from the start, particularly at the 2nd hole—the only par 5, which can feel more like a par 6 or 7 in windy conditions. The course layout and the untouched setting make Kilspindie a must-visit for golf purists.

Scotland is experiencing a golden age of tourism, revered not just for its golf courses but also for its wild nature and historical and architectural wealth. It offers a blend of the stunning Highland landscapes and the historic streets of Edinburgh, the UK's second most-visited city.

For those looking to explore beyond the city limits, Scotland offers a plethora of destinations: Loch Lomond in the Trossachs National Park is the largest lake in Great Britain, surrounded by idyllic paths and typical Highland vegetation.
The Fife region, north of Edinburgh, captures the essence of Scotland with its fishing villages along the rugged North Sea and picturesque inland hills.
Dunnottar Castle, although a bit of a journey, offers breathtaking views atop cliffs overlooking the sea, perfect for a sunrise.

Dr Neil’s Garden, often described as Edinburgh's secret garden, is a serene spot featuring the Thomson’s Tower, a historical building from 1825 related to the local curling society.
Edinburgh Gin Distillery provides insights into the production of Scotland’s famed spirits, offering a delightful range of gins and liqueurs.
Historical landmarks like the Old Town, Edinburgh Castle, and St Giles' Cathedral showcase the best of Scottish architecture and offer a deep dive into the nation's proud heritage.

Visiting Scotland is a journey through time, nature, and culture, with each step revealing more about this proud and beautiful country. Whether you come for the golf or the breathtaking scenery, Scotland leaves a lasting impression on all who wander her ancient lands.