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Scotland, the birthplace of golf. The country remains the ultimate pilgrimage for golfers even more than six centuries after the game was born.

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Golf remains the livelihood of vibrant St. Andrews, featuring six, city-owned Links Trust courses running along the coastline in the center of town. Newer, nearby links all uphold the town's high standards. The entire Kingdom of Fife is filled with world-class options just a short drive from St. Andrews.

The East Lothian region, anchored by Edinburgh, features scores of historic, influential links. Regular Open host Muirfield is its most famous. Nearby North Berwick is widely considered one of the greatest 19th century links in the world.

The southwest coast is home to three Open Championship venues in Ayrshire, including Prestwick, home of the first Open in 1860. Royal Troon, regarded as one of the Open's sternest tests, is just north of Prestwick. To the south, the posh Westin Turnberry resort pampers golfers with luxury, and 54 holes of golf including the stellar Ailsa course.

Play only Open Championship venues however, and you're missing out on a huge section of golf in Scotland. The Highlands remain well off the beaten path, but courses such as Royal Dornoch, Brora and Nairn offer stronger value, and more remote, rugged links than you'll find to the south.

Be sure to leave the links behind long enough to experience Scotland's parkland golf courses as well. Gleneagles Resort features two classic James Braid courses from the 1920s that play through scenic countryside, as well as the 2014 Ryder Cup host, the Jack Nicklaus-designed PGA Centenary Course. Just north of Glasgow on the west coast, Loch Lomond Golf Club and newcomer next door, The Carrick at Loch Lomond, are two worthy reasons to venture off the coasts.

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