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With over 500 golf courses to choose from Scotland’s golf card comes in way under par every time.  From tackling some of the world’s most famous golf courses such as the Old Course at St Andrews, Royal Troon, Muirfield or Turnberry to discovering the many ‘hidden gems’, Scotland has something to suit all types of golfers.

Golfers are being treated to a bumper season in Scotland this year.  Five major golf championships and competitions are scheduled, new golfing holiday packages and facilities are being launched and a host of golf passes make Scottish golf greater value then ever before.

For more information on golf if Scotland why not check out the Scottish Tourist Board website or call 08705 511511 for a free copy of the new Golf Scotland Map.

The Full Monty – The Colin Montgomerie Links Golf Academy

From beginners to scratch players, all golfers can benefit from lessons at the world’s first links golf academy.  The Colin Montgomerie Links Golf Academy opened in Spring this year at Turnberry Hotel, Golf Courses and Spa and offers a range of personalised programmes.  Tuition at Turnberry is given under the guidance of Colin Montgomery and a team of PGA professionals.

Situated between the first tees of both the Alisa and Arran Championship Courses, the academy’s state of the art teaching facilities include: indoor and outdoor teaching areas with covered driving and teaching bays, a simulator and swing analyser, an open air driving range with landscaped target areas and nine academy practice holes.

A variety of packages are available.  For example, “The Full Monty” is the ultimate academy programme to give all the help and practical advice needed to tackle links courses.  As well as a three hour lesson with ‘Monty’ the programme includes a golfers’ lunch at the clubhouse, 9 New Arran holes under instruction from a top professional and a coffee table book ‘How to Play Links Golf’.  Costs start at £130pp for group bookings and £170pp for individuals.  Tel: 01655 334 190.

Open Golf Championship 2000 (20th – 23rd July)

There can be no more fitting location to host the first Open Championship of the Millennium than The Old Course St Andrews – recognised the world over as the ‘Home of Golf’, St Andrews Links has witnessed over 600 years of golfing history.

Blue Chip Travel (T: 0131 226 6157) offer two, three and four day ‘make your own way’ packages including accommodation in a 3 star hotel and admission to the Open Championship.  Cost for the two-day package is £129.95 per person.

The luxury cruise liner the QE2 will be moored off the Fife Coast at Anstruther for the duration of the Open Championship.  Scotia Travel (Tel: 0141 305 5050 or USA Tel: 001 883 336 4281) have a variety of accommodation packages based around the luxury ‘floating’ hotel.  Prices start at £200pp for one night including entry to the Open for one day.

Ladies at Loch Lomond – The Solheim Cup (6th – 8th October)

Loch Lomond Golf Club will be the scenic setting for this years Solheim Cup – the women’s equivalent to the Ryder Cup and recognised as one of golf’s most prestigious events.  The match features Europe’s top 12 lady professionals against their American counterparts.  More than 60,000 spectators are expected to attend the event.

Daily passes range from £5 - £10 on practice days , £22 - £24 on tournament days.  For ticket information call 0870 240 1818, (Monday – Friday 0900 – 1700) or check out

Freedom of the fairways – Golf Passes

One of the best value ways to play golf in Scotland is to buy a golf pass for the area you are planning to visit.  These generally cover 3 or 5 days golf and other terrific venues and value.  Take for instance the Perthshire Green Golf Card - £50 for 5 rounds of golf on distinctive courses in glorious Highland scenery from Crieff to Comrie, Kenmore to Fillin.  For more details on golf passes call 08705 511 511 for your copy of the new golf map.