The history of golf in Scotland

Staying at Loch Lomond Waterfront gives you a chance to enjoy great golf along with beautiful views and luxury lochside accommodation. Scotland has over 550 golf courses and the ones near Loch Lomond are special because of their beauty and connection to the history of golf. Whether you’re here for a relaxing break or a golf trip, you’ll appreciate the stunning scenery when golfing in Scotland.

History of Golf

Golf traces its roots back to the Middle Ages in Scotland, a country widely recognised as the birthplace of modern golf. The Scots introduced the game to the world, a legacy that continues to attract golf enthusiasts to its courses. 

The earliest known reference to golf goes back to 1457. King James II of Scotland banned golf and football because they were distracting people from practising archery, which was important for the military. Despite these restrictions, people kept playing golf in public places like streets and churchyards, which was seen as dangerous and annoying. The Scottish church also didn’t like people playing golf on Sundays, but that didn’t stop everyone from enjoying the game.

The evolution of golf

Although we don’t know exactly when Hickory golf started, it probably came from old stick-and-ball games. This version of golf uses clubs made with hickory wood. It’s popular with golf enthusiasts and history fans.

Golf has come a long way from its simple beginnings. The history of golf in Scotland shows many changes in equipment and course design. Early wooden clubheads were replaced by metal ones, giving players more power and control. The old gutta-percha balls were swapped for rubber-cored ones, which improved performance and made the game more exciting and competitive.

Loch Lomond golf course aerial view Scotland.
Loch Lomond Golf Course (members only) is just a 15-minute speedboat ride across the water.

Historic golf courses in Scotland

Visiting Scotland lets you explore some of the world’s oldest and most historic golf courses. Courses like St Andrews, known as the ‘Home of Golf’, reflect the tradition of the game. Musselburgh Links is another historic site, claiming to be the oldest golf course still in use. This golf course dates back to at least 1672.

The famous Swilcan bridge on the 18th hole of the Old Course links in St Andrews, Scotland.
The famous Swilcan bridge on the 18th hole of the Old Course in St Andrews.

Golf courses around Loch Lomond

Loch Lomond is one of the most beautiful areas in Scotland and is home to some of the best golf courses in the country. Playing a game of golf here gives players a chance to connect with the history of golf in Scotland. The courses range from old to new designs and layouts while providing all the amenities expected by today’s golfers.

 Golf club and ball in grass.
At Loch Lomond Waterfront, we have over 20 courses within a 30-minute drive.

For those staying at Loch Lomond Waterfront, there are several fantastic golf courses within easy reach. These courses are perfect for a memorable round of golf during your visit to Scotland. After a day on the greens, unwind with a dram of our local Glengoyne Whisky in your private hot tub overlooking the loch. What better way to discuss the highs and lows of your game while soaking in the serene beauty of Loch Lomond? Book your stay at Loch Lomond Waterfront today and get ready for a golfing trip you won’t forget.

Get in touch