13th oldest

Scotscraig Golf Club

Scotscraig Golf Club, being the 13th oldest course in the world, has a very illustrious history.

Scotscraig Golf Club
Address Golf Road,  DD6 9DZ  Tayport,  Scotland
Phone +44 (0)1382 552515
Number of holes 18
Service golf buggies, golf lessons, putting green, pro shop, rental clubs, restaurant, trolleys

The club was first founded in 1817, but the course only survived until 1834 when it was ploughed up. The the current layout was laid out by James Braid in 1923. Scotscraig also served and an Open Championship qualifying course.

The clubhouse has a decent restaurant and a small pro shop.

Photo: Bo SjostenThe clubhouse has a decent restaurant and a small pro shop.

18 hole course

At Scotscraig you have to bring your A game right to the first tee. No easy warm-up holes here. 


The first hole is a tricky par four, with the green hidden from view on your approach, unless you are a long hitter. The fairway is very hard and bumpy, and you definitely feel like you are on a links course right from the start.

However, is it a links course? Even though the water is very close, you never actually see it from any of the holes. And as you play on, especially on the back nine, the course changes character and starts to resemble a parkland course, with trees lining the fairways. So is it a parkland? Well, there are also some heathland, or maybe moorland, plenty of gorse and heather, so it is very hard to put the course in a particular category. Or maybe categories, as the front and back nine are different enough to fall in different categories.

And this is part of the challenge. You are never quite sure what is coming next. What is certain is that strategy is more important than length. Bunkers are well positioned, and shots to the wrong parts of the slick greens are adequately punished. It is by no means an easy course, and it can with a few exceptions hold its own against many of the more famous neighbors.

The front nine are the better holes in my opinion, with the index 1 fourth hole, a short par four being the best. A very attractive hole, tricky with a well protected, raise small green.

The back nine is more open and flatter, but it has a few nice holes, the par five 14th being my favorite.

Information about 18 hole course

Number of holes18
GreenfeeWeekdays: 65 GBP, Weekends and holidays: 80 GBP
Season January - December
Course typeLinks
Course opened1817
Course designerJames Braid
TeeParLength  (yds)CR/Slope (Men)CR/Slope (Women)
Championship716669SSS 73-/ -
Competition716550SSS 72-/ -
Visitor & Members716310SSS 71-/ -
Ladies & Junior725791-/ -SSS 74

Map and satellite image

lat: 56.439246, long: -2.874695

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