Frequently Asked Questions


We hope the following information is helpful to you. If we have not answered your question, then please contact us and we will be delighted to be of assistance.


Do I need a handicap certificate?

How far in advance should I book?

Do I need to carry my own clubs?

How warm is it?

What is links golf?

How do I prepare for links golf?

Can I use my credit cards and how do I get currency?

What are the shop opening hours?



Do I need a handicap certificate?

Most, but not all, of the courses we use do request visitors are able to produce a handicap certificate, so if you have one we would always recommend you bring it with you. Where courses have a minimum handicap requirement, we will always advise you of this at the time of booking. The best advice is to let us know what your handicap is when you make an enquiry and we will advise on what courses are best suited to your abilities.

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How far in advance should I book?

The more popular the course you want to play, the earlier you should think about your trip. For example, applications to play Muirfield are required 15 months in advance of when you wish to play and St Andrews Old course bookings open up at the start of September.

For courses such as Royal Troon, Carnoustie and Kingsbarns Links it is best to have written requests in place with the clubs before the booking diary opens in the Autumn if you have a set date on which you would like to play. Summer times for these courses can be very busy by the beginning of the year.

For other courses it can depend on the size of your party. Large groups should look to book several months in advance to have a choice of tee-times, small groups will find more availability. The general rule however, is to think about your trip, and consult us on your plans, as far in advance as possible.

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Do I need to carry my own clubs?

While use of ride on buggies is not widespread in Scotland, there are always alternatives available to carrying your clubs. You will not find buggies in use on any of the championship courses and we would always recommend anyone who will have difficulty walking a course should consult us on the best courses for their needs before committing to an itinerary.

Pull trolleys are generally available for hire for a modest fee and many courses will be able to arrange caddies to accompany you on your round. In addition to the standard cost, which is currently around £35 GBP per caddie, you are expected to also offer a gratuity or tip at the end of the round. Some courses also arrange junior caddies or bag carriers for a reduced charge. Caddies should always be arranged in advance of your round to be sure of their availability.

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How warm is it?

Scotland may be famous for our golf courses, but we are also known for our changeable weather. Summer temperatures range between 60-74F (15-23C) and sunshine can not be guaranteed.

Websites that are useful for checking the weather in Scotland at any time of year are www.weather.com and www.bbc.co.uk/weather

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What is links golf?

A traditional links course is normally a course alongside, or close to, the sea and the soil will generally be sandy and drain easily. The course will normally be laid out using the natural lie of the land so fairways, and greens, can be undulating and the natural humps and bumps have been left in place.

There are likely to be a lot of bunkers, often 'pot' bunkers which are small and deep. There tend to be few, if any, trees so the course can be heavily affected by the wind from the sea.

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How do I prepare for links golf?

If you have not played links golf before, the first thing to be aware of is the wind factor. A change in wind direction or strength can make a huge difference to the way in which the course plays. It can be useful to know how to keep the ball low into the wind.

One option is to place the ball slightly further back in your stance and to grip the club just a little further down than normal.

Fairways and greens tend to be undulating so the ball will not necessarily run straight - the ground tends to play naturally firm and fast.

To make the most of your golfing trip, we can arrange a lesson with a teaching professional at the start of your stay to give you some hints on taking on links courses.

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Can I use my credit cards and how do I get currency?

Most stores, hotels and restaurants in Scotland will accept credit cards. The most commonly accepted are Visa and Mastercard. Small stores may have a minimum transaction value before they will accept a credit card.

It is always sensible to carry some cash in pounds sterling. ATMs (Automatic Teller Machines) are widely available and will work with your debit or credit card and four digit pin. Some machines will charge you so be sure to check what cards are accepted without charge.

Banks are generally open Monday to Friday between 9am and 4pm, with a few opening later on one evening each week, normally Thursday, or Saturday morning. Scottish banks issue their own bank notes for all denominations so there are several types of note in circulation. These all differ from Bank of England notes but are of the same value and accepted throughout the United Kingdom.

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What are the shop opening hours?

Throughout Scotland most shops are open between 09:00 and 17:30. Small towns may still have one day a week where shops shut for one afternoon which will vary from town to town. In the larger towns such as Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen, late night shopping is often available on a Thursday when the larger stores will open up to 20:00. Most towns will have convenience stores which open later.

Pubs are generally open from 11 am to 11 pm but in most towns they are open later at the weekends.

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