Nairn. Home of the 1999 Walker Cup, this seaside course is not for slicers. A traditional Scottish links course, this is a fine test of golf for amateur and professional alike. Abundant heather, a great sea of gorse and the distant mountains provide a spectacular backdrop.

Tain. This course just might be the best-kept secret in Scotland. Designed in 1890 by Old Tom Morris, this is a beautiful, fun-to-play course that should be on everyone’s must-play list when visiting the North.

Royal Dornoch. This is the course that makes the trip north worth it. One of the great natural links courses in the world. Donald Ross grew up playing this course. The table-top greens are now seen across America, especially at Pinehurst #2.

Golspie. Located north of Dornoch, an unheralded links course worth visiting. Heather and the Lochy Pond provide the hazards.

Brora. Presenting all the attributes of the traditional Scottish seaside links, there is bent grass, gorse, juniper and thyme contributing to the challenge. This course will ensure that you use every club in your bag. The greens are renowned for their texture, seaside fescue.

Castle Stewart.  Built in 2009 this overlooks the beautiful Moray Firth and hosted the 2016 Scottish Open.  Great course.