Are you thinking about booking a golfing break to the Scottish Borders? Lowland lettings’ Golf ambassador and PGA pro tells us why the Scottish Borders is an amazing golfing destination.
If you’re looking for a truly memorable, challenging and utterly mesmerising golfing experience, the beautiful Scottish Borders could be the perfect destination for you.
However, if you’ve never been before, and want to treat yourself to a truly unforgettable golfing break or tour, you might be a bit curious about what to expect before splashing out on tickets – you may even be wondering just how different it is from playing elsewhere.
As a PGA pro currently living in the Borders – in fact, I’ve been here 18 years – I’m going to give you the full low-down on what makes the Scottish Borders such an incredible place to golf.
TIP: I’d also advise reading ‘5 of the Best Tips for Golfing in the Scottish Borders’ to help you fully prepare for your trip!
A quick introduction to golf in the Scottish Borders
I first moved here 18 years ago to be with my fiancee at the time, who lived in Hawick. Since then, we’ve made it home to our four kids who were all born right here in the Borders – I particularly love the culture, the friendly people and the pace of life.
The scenery is fantastic, of course, but what you’ll really want to know about is the golfing – the courses are all well-established and well-kept all year round. There’s also plenty of other things to see and do whilst you’re here!
Despite this, it is possible for some of the Borders courses to get overlooked, especially with some of the most famous courses spending serious money on marketing – usually aimed at the International Golf Tourist, which is hard to compete with.
The good news is that we have several reasons to attract visiting golfers, and there are even some great package deals to be had (something Lowland Lettings actually offers, too!).
So below, I’m going to give you five reasons why golfing in the Scottish Borders can be an unforgettable experience.
1. Gorgeous scenery
The rolling hills of the Scottish Borders are unlike anywhere else in the UK. The scenery isn’t quite mountainous, but it’s certainly got character – in fact, it can be absolutely spectacular! Hawick Golf Club especially gives you some stunning views.
A lot of the views you’ll find are all tied into the local history in some way, mostly based around fighting the English over the past 500 years! Although, these days the fighting is reserved for home internationals at Murrayfield!
2. Challenging courses
There are so many fantastic – and varied – courses on offer in the Borders that you may find it tough to choose just one or two!
The course most visitors want to play is the Roxburghe, as it’s a full USGA layout, and a true championship-size course. My father and son are both members there, so I’m fortunate to play it fairly regularly and it is without a doubt the best conditioned course in the Borders.
It’s also a very fair test of golf with plenty of risk and reward holes!
Some of the other more notable courses include Hawick, Cardrona, Peebles, The Hirsel, Minto, Torwoodlee, and more – the list goes on! Read ‘9 of the Best Golfing Destinations in the Scottish Borders’ for more of an idea.
These are all parkland-style courses, and I like them all for different reasons; some for the scenery, some for their quirky nature, and some as they are just always in great condition and a joy to play. The variety is partly what makes the Borders so great!
3. Great accommodation
To make golfing in the Scottish Borders an even more attractive prospect, there are some top class hotels and accommodation – some located right next to the courses! The Macdonald Cardrona Hotel and the Roxburghe Hotel are two that particularly stand out for me.
You’ve also got The Cross Keys in Denholm, The Bank Guest House in Hawick, and many great choices in and around Jedburgh for self-catering accommodation – great for giving you the freedom to come and go as you please!
TIP: Read more on the different accommodation you can expect in the Scottish Borders via this recent blog post on the subject.
4. Easy to reach
Even just for long weekend throughout the summer, the Scottish Borders is just so accessible from England and Scotland’s central belt, which makes it a real bonus.
Just 40 to 50 minutes from the A1 or M6 travelling north, and with the new rail line linking Edinburgh to Tweedbank, it’s relatively easy to reach regardless of which side you’re coming from!
In my opinion, there could still be some improvement, with the rail link going right through Hawick and then onto Carlisle, but hopefully that is something for train bosses to consider in the future.
5. Lovely locals
Finally, if you’re going to find a warm welcome anywhere, you’ll find it in the Borders. All the places we recommend via Lowland Lettings, we have personal relationships with, and I would never want to place golfers somewhere I wasn’t happy to stay myself.
The people are all very friendly, and welcome visiting parties no matter what the size. You’ll find they can’t do enough for you, and all your needs will be catered for with the greatest attention to detail – you may also want to ask them about the incredible local whiskey and beer on offer!
If you’re still feeling slightly on the fence about the Scottish Borders as a golfing destination, my advice is to just bite the bullet and experience it for yourself – you’ll love it, and it’s considerably more affordable than the price of a week in Spain!
Want to find out more about golfing in the Scottish Borders? For help planning any aspect of your trip – including some exclusive golf deals – contact the team at Lowland Lettings today.
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