Golf Pubs in Scotland
Bonnie Wee Golf’s Guide to the Best golf Pubs in Scotland . . .
Golf pubs in Scotland are nearly as plentiful as golf courses. Whether it’s a cold pint of Tennent’s, a Gin & Tonic or a fresh orange juice, one thing’s for sure – after a good day on the links, all golfers will require a refreshment after each round. In Scotland, we’re lucky to be blessed with a variety of fantastic watering holes!
There are many to choose from but to help you narrow down the search, here are 10 of our favourite golf pubs in Scotland . . .
No list of golf pubs in Scotland would be complete without acknowledging The Jigger Inn in St Andrews. This is one of the ultimate golf pubs in the world, located next to the most famous hole on the world’s most famous golf course! There are few more satisfying moments in life than sitting in the beer garden at the back of the Jigger Inn enjoying a well-earned post-round refreshment while watching golfers playing down the famous road-hole on St Andrews Old Course.
Located just a 9-iron from the Old Course the Dunvegan Hotel is one of the best hangouts in golf, according to the Golf Channel. This famous pub and restaurant has served numerous major champions over the years and is a hive of activity throughout the year and is a real must for any first time visitor to golf’s most famous town. Golfers Corner lounge barin the Dunvegan is covered from floor to ceiling with pictures of world-famous golfers that have visited the Dunvegan over the past 25 years, including 35 Major Champions and other golfing celebs. You’ll never forget your first visit to the Dunvegan in St Andrews.
If you want to see golfing memorabilia you’ll need to pay a visit to The Old Clubhouse in Gullane. You can be in this pub within 2 minutes of shaking hands on the 18th green of any of the three Gullane courses. This family-run pub combines great food, beers, wine and a friendly Scottish welcome. No visit to Gullane is complete without a visit to the Old Clubhouse.
The Old Clubhouse Pub has been keeping golfers refreshed since as early as 1876 and is one of the best golf pubs in Scotland. Old Tom Morris was one of the pubs earlier punters having arrived in Machrihanish in 1879 to extend the 12 hole course to the 18 that are played today. This old red sandstone pub overlooks the 1st and 18th of Machrihanish Golf Club and the meticulously restored interior has been masterfully crafted to recreate the pub as it may have looked back in the late 1800’s.
The 19th Hole is a traditional and friendly pub overlooking Elie Golf Club. Customers can enjoy a great selection of drinks and freshly prepared fantastic pub food. The pub sits alongside the 4th hole at Elie Golf Club so customers can enjoy either the live sport shown on TV screens inside the pub next to the open fireplace or live sport outside as golfers make their way down the 4th fairway! This pub is a hidden gem next to a hidden gem!
Although it’s not always been a pub, the building which is now the Castle Tavern was built in the mid- 1700’s. The Castle Tavern in Inverness is a traditional real ale tavern and is located next to Inverness Castle in the heart of the Highland capital. A wide selection of refreshments are available and there’s usually a malt of the month on offer! If you’re in need of a bite to eat the Castle Tavern has a great selection of pub food to choose from which you can enjoy either inside watching sports on the big screen, or outside in the beer garden.
The Eagle Hotel is the most famous pub in Dornoch as is located just a few minutes from Royal Dornoch Golf Club. The Eagle serves fantastic food from locally sourced ingredients alongside a range of cask ales, fine wines and an impressive Whisky collection. With most sports shown on screens throughout the pub, this is a great wee place for golfers to enjoy a refreshment after golf.
The Golf Tavern is longest-serving golf clubhouse in Scotland as various golf clubs have been using it continuously since 1852. There has been a licensed tavern on this site since 1760, but many believe there has been a tavern here since 1456!!
The Golf Tavern is located next to Bruntsfield Links where golf has been played since the early 1700’s. Two of the world’s oldest golf clubs, The Royal Burgess Golf Club and Bruntsfield Links Golf Society, were both founded here and continue to thrive as private members golf clubs in Edinburgh.
The Red Lion in Prestwick is steeped in golfing history. On 2nd July 1851 a group of locals gathered in The Red Lion Inn to form Prestwick Golf Club. Old Tom Morris was brought in from St Andrews to design the 12 hole course and ‘keep the greens’. Prestwick Golf Club enjoyed a quick rise in notoriety and hosted the first-ever Open Championship within 10 years of its formation. The Red Lion Inn played a starring role in the formation of one of golf’s most important clubs.
The Dutch Mill is a family run bar & restaurant with rooms. This is the perfect stop for golfers based in Aberdeen. Located in the west end of Aberdeen, The Dutch Mill is known as one of the best pubs in the city. Family owned and run, ‘the Dutcher’ as it’s known locally offers fantastic friendly service with great beers, wines, spirits & tasty pub food. This is a great place to relax in the evening and also shows most live sport on the big screens.
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