As the BBC release plans for the new Donald Trump golf clubhouse, it’s met with mixed reactions across Scotland. For some the fight against the plans for the £750m project is still raw, for others, in particular those in the tourism industry, there’s a sense of excitement and anticipation...

From a business tourism point of view I'm excited for the opening of a new golf course and hotel - especially in a new location. I think that the entire 5* resort will be a real benefit to Scotland, solidifying our reputation as a world-class golfing destination, raising our profile as a country across the globe and potentially bringing millions of pounds into our economy.

And from a personal view, I really hope that I'll get the chance to play it when it opens!

With the new Trump Golf course set to change the face of Scotland’s golfing landscape, my thoughts turned to all the courses I’ve played throughout the years, the good, the bad and my favourites of all time, which I’m going to share with you today….

In no particular order, here are my all time favourite Scottish Golf Courses…

The Ailsa Course, Turnberry

The Ailsa course has been home for 4 Open Championships and has shaped some of the most remarkable moments in the tournament’s history.

The quality of the course is outstanding and it’s a wonderful feeling to be on the green looking out over the spectacular views of Ailsa Craig and the Irish Sea.

Gleneagles King’s Course

Gleneagles has a rich golf history and a special something that makes it a mecca for golfers around the world. Seated right on the edge of the Scottish Highlands, the Kings course has wonderful views up the glen. It’s a real pleasure to play on such a historic and beautifully placed course.

Muirfield Golf Course

Muirfield is the ultimate in links golf courses and has been host to 15 Open Championships, and will host another in 2013.  It’s tight fairways and deep bunkers provide a great challenge, especially on windy days where low accurate balls are essential…It’s a fantastic place to test your skills and enjoy a perfectly designed course!

The Old Course, St Andrews

There’s no doubt that the Old Course is the most iconic golf course in the world! Everything about the course is perfect which is why it’s hosted the Open Championship and impressive 28 times! There is no better feeling that crossing the famous Swilcan Bridge to the 18th hole, overlooking the prominent Royal and Ancient Club House! It’s a real privilege to have played the most famous course in the world!

Musselburgh Golf Course

Musselburgh Golf Course is said to be the oldest played golf course in the world, and like my other favourites, it’s been host to the Open Championships on many occasions.  Musselburgh will always hold a special place in my heart because it’s the course where I played my first games of golf as a young boy :)

So that’s my top 5, what’s yours?

I wonder if the Trump course will make it into my top 5 in the future…What do you think?

Bill

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