The Independent Golfer

The Cost of Playing Golf in Scotland

Just as in the United States, the cost of Scotland golf varies. Scotland golf courses typically offer different tariffs (green fee costs) for weekdays and weekends. Many also offer a price for a single round and a “day ticket” for those of us who just don’t want to stop play after 18 holes. Finally, many of the bigger Scotland golf courses vary their tariffs with the season of the year. All prices in the following discussion are based on single round, weekday, high season rates.

Some Costs of Scotland Golf

Keeping these factors constant, there is still a great variation in tariffs from course to course. Though the quality of golf offered by a course is one factor in this variation, more important seems to be the fame of the course, especially in American eyes. Not averse to making money from tourists, managers on the more famous Scotland golf courses have relentlessly raised their tariffs to a point where they are, quite frankly, outrageous.

A round on The Old Course at St. Andrews now costs £120.00. Gleneagles charges £115. Royal Troon requires you to play two rounds, only one of which is on their championship course, and charges £210.00

More Reasonable Green Fees

By contrast, tariffs for Scotland's less-traveled "world-class" and "hidden gem" golf courses are much more reasonable.This wouldn't be important if it weren't for the fact that many of these courses offer as good a golf experience as their more famous sisters.

Aigas Golf Course, Scotland

The Independent Golfer's Guide offers much more detail about how to take advantage of these more reasonable green fees for Scotland golf courses.

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The Independent  golfer's Guide to the Highlands and Islands of Scotland

To get an idea of green fees on typical Scotland golf courses, I have computed the average cost for courses in each of five categories. (All prices are taken from The Official Guide to Golf in Scotland, (Pro-Sports Promotions, Ltd., 2007)

Here are the results:

Golf Course Category  

Average Green Fee Cost

• British Open Courses
• Other World-Class Scottish Golf Courses
• "Hidden Gem" Golf Courses of Scotland
• Scottish "Home" Golf Courses


You Can Play in a Scottish Club's Open

If playing the "Hidden Gems" and "Home" golf courses of Scotland does not save you enough money, here is a delightful secret for saving considerably more money while playing great golf in Scotland.

Enter a Club Open. To learn more Click Here

Packages That Offer Money-Saving Deals for Scotland Golff

And finally, Golf Highland offers "Package Deals" that can save you considerable money if you want to play on their member courses.

To learn about them Click Here

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