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Aberdeen &
Grampian Highlands

Royal Aberdeen, Cruden Bay...

Royal Troon, Turnberry, Prestwick...

Northern Highlands
Royal Dornoch, Brora, Nairn, Castle Stuart

Just east of Edinburgh

Scotland's Golf Coast
North Berwick, Muirfield, Gullane...

St. Andrews area

Out of the way, but worth a play
Machrihanish, Pitlochry...

Links Lite
Great links golf
for the not-so-great golfer


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In a class by themselves...exceptional services, products and lodging for the independent golfing traveler. We accept no payment for any of our endorsements. It's our pleasure to share with you only what we personally appreciate and recommend.

dBrush-Golf -- handiest little tool for cleaning grooves. Really !!!
Don't be fooled by the size of this little brush. It's the handiest, most useful piece of equipment to clean clubs I've ever used. When I met Delane Woods, inventor of dBrush and owner of Brush-Golf, at the Orlando PGA Merchandise Show she challenged me to "use it for just one round, you'll love it" She gave me a sample of the dBrush and, three days later, I did as she asked. It was love at first use and immediately became a "must have" in my pocket. What I love most is its availability. It's as close as my pocket and does a fabulous job cleaning every bit of dirt off the grooves. Do yourself a favor and get yourself one.

Ever placed a brand new shiny golf ball on the tee and taken a mighty swing only to see that brand new golf ball disappear into the lake or woods? Sure you have. That's what keeps Dr. Mulligan's in business. He sells what he claims are used golf balls but they look like new. In fact, his used golf balls don't even appear to have been hit at all! Took me a long time to find a used golf ball source that grades golf balls honestly. Dr. Mulligan's Golf Balls has only one grade -- "like new." If you're looking for a top-notch golf ball supplier, I think you'll be as pleased as I am with these folks.

What's the most underrated golf equipment? The golf glove. Why? Swing a golf club and the head travels between 80--110 mph, so you need a strong grip to hold onto the club. A good golf glove allows you to grip the club with minimum pressure, which allows your wrists to turn freely.

The best golf glove I've seen in a long time is the HIRZL GOLF GLOVE. Unlike most gloves, the wetter it gets the better the grip. They claim it's got 3x more grip than other gloves in dry weather but 5x more grip in wet weather. I'll tell you it really does grip well dry or wet. Playing golf in Scotland? A glove like this is a must. And it's made of kangaroo leather so it won't crack when it dries. I also like the back of the glove, made of airtech mesh allowing a nice flow of air to keep the hands cool.

If you want a glove that's a step above the others, try this one. I believe you'll like it as much as I do.
The ultimate glove experience

Bonnie Wee Golf ... Best Golf Tour in Scotland

If you can't go independently, go Bonnie Wee Golf
Mary-Alice with Dave Harris, owner of Bonnie Wee Golf, in his Edinburgh tartan kilt at PGA Show in Orlando.
Yes, Golf Nook Scotland's mission is to promote independent golfing travel and an experience of the "real" Scotland. Maybe you want this Scottish experience but don't want to create or conduct your own tour? We've found the perfect solution--Bonnie Wee Golf. The name gives you a clue...good, fine, pleasant...and just the right size. Genuinely personal yet always professional. Most golfing tours have a commercial feel to them with little or no feeling for the traditions, the history, the people, the beauty of Scotland.

Bonnie Wee Golf
is something quite different, You will come away with a feeling for the greatest golf courses in the world and also for the people and the country itself. Bonnie Wee Golf will design a golf package tailored exactly to you. A first class journey around Scotland, playing some of the finest courses and experiencing the very best in Scottish hospitality, and all in the care of a Bonnie Wee Golf tour manager who will be your chauffeur, tourguide, photographer, information centre, and friend. A rich experience at a very "bonnie" price.

David Harris is the delightful owner of Bonnie Wee Golf. He has caddied at Royal Aberdeen, loves golf and the great courses of his country, and knows their secrets. He is committed to having you experience Scotland beyond the golf...the majestic beauty of the land, the warmth of the people. Bonnie Wee Golf truly is unlike any tour company we have ever seen.
You will appreciate David's kindness, integrity and excellent work. We heartily endorse Dave and his Bonnie Wee Golf, and invite you to visit this bonnie website for more details.

Lodging in North Berwick area (Scotland's Golf Coast)

North Berwick
Golf Lodge

Tom and Emma Hill, North Berwick Golf Lodge

Thank goodness for the internet so you can visit their website, because we couldn't possibly convey to you the perfection Tom and Emma HIll, the gracious owners/hosts, have created here. golf packages at great prices...the North Berwick Golf Lodge is a delight.

The Hills, with high-level experience in the hospitality field before they opened the 5 star Lodge in 2007, know how to do it "right." Tom is an award-winning chef, with the coveted 2AA Rosettes, so you can imagine his breakfasts. They also offer dinners upon request.

North Berwick Golf Lodge is exquisite in every way. Our friends Tom and Emma are dedicated to providing their guests the very best, and they have several plans from which you can choose. Between the Lodge with its garden, hot tub and even a putting green, and then the world's great Scottish golf links minutes away, you may never want to leave!

North Berwick Golf Lodge is very popular, so if you are interested you must book ASAP, often a year in advance.
North Berwick Golf Lodge North Berwick Golf Lodge
Sitting room, one of the bedrooms, and dining room.
North Berwick Golf Lodge

Muirfield Green B & B
in Gullane,
Scotland's Golf Coast
............. "... bright, shining star on Scotland's Golf Coast"
Just 21 steps from Muirfield golf course. Private cottage, perfect for up to 5 people.

"First class ... all the way."

Unique, private, quiet, comfortable, and luxurious. Highest rating.
Muirfield Green B&B Courtyard Suite sitting room/kitchen A small but versatile, luxurious B&B. The Courtyard Suite is a twin en suite bedroom with sitting room/kitchen. The Garden Room is a twin en suite bedroom with sitting area. Cheerful bedrooms, ultra comfortable beds, healthful breakfasts, garden, and private parking. Beautifully designed.
Muirfield Green B&B - casual luxury We are very enthusiastic about Muirfield Green because their layout is unique and they offer so much to guests, all at very fair prices. You will be delighted with your stay at Muirfield Green. If you like the best, we urge you to visit their website. Muirfield Green B&B - very deluxe, very popular
Muirfield Green B & B has many exceptional features. Among them is privacy -- your own private entrance in the garden (on right). So you can come and go as you please, without having to go through the owners' residence. Muirfield Green B&B entrance Another feature is the warm hospitalitiy and friendly ambience . Being a small B&B, guests receive personal attention. . A special place to stay. Muirfield Green B&B is recommended by Muirfield golf course and is very popular. So be sure to Book early.

Gullane Holiday Apartment --

Just created in 2011, this outstanding two-bedroom apartment overlooks Muirfield Golf Course and the sea. Facilities and decor are tops, including the American-size refrigerator. And there is even off-street parking for your car. A short walk into the town centre of Gullane and the Gullane #1, #2, and #3 golf courses. Everything is thoughtfully well-done, making a hghly desirable place you will appreciate and return to again. Visit their website for more info and good photos.
All rooms bright and cheerful.
One of the two fine bedrooms. Balcony overlooks golf and sea.

Garleton Lodge, Golf Coast Garleton Lodge ... overlooking the entire Golf Coast
Garleton Lodge, Scotland
See their website for a sense of the size and splendor of the Lodge.
Just 20 minutes from Edinburgh in peaceful rural surroundings with spectacular views over the Golf Coast, Garleton Lodge offers luxury accommodation perfect for golfing groups.

Enjoy great food? You'll appreciate their wonderful traditional Scottish breakfasts and delicious evening meals, all made with fresh ingredients from local award-winning food producers. The Garleton Lodge offers this and so much more at very fair prices.
Garleton Lodge for golfing groups

Green Craig
On Scotland's Golf Coast -- A luxuriously appointed private estate for up to 12 guests.

Green Craig luxury haven for golfers

So elegant, so exclusive, yet so ultra-comfortable and relaxing, Green Craig is all a golfer could want in upscale accommodations. A special bonus is their competent and highly helpful concierge, Fleur. She can answer any questions you might have, and also plan and book various activities (golf, etc.) in advance to make your stay "perfect."

Green Craig, Aberlady Scotland Sitting directly on the seafront (the Firth of Forth), most bedrooms have gorgeous views. The sumptuous sitting room (left) is the perfect setting for a relaxing evening after a good (or even a "bad'") day of golf). Normally available by the week, but now also abailable for a two-night minimum for a group of 4 and with the same superior services they offer to week-long stays. Green Craig has it all--even a helicopter pad. Ideal lodging for a group of friends or family. Highest kudos for Green Craig. Green Craig luxury accommodation

Fenton Tower
Sumptuous lodging in an ancient castle
Fenton Towers
At North Berwick, near Edinburgh, this 16th Century castle provides luxury accommodation for up to 12 people. Also rooms on a B&B basis. An exclusive Scottish retreat for you and your group...a world apart, yet with its own helicopter pad! A magical place...
West Fenton Court
West Fenton Court, on the Golf Coast of Scotland

3 Luxury Cottages amid some of world's best golfing.

Located just outside of the centre of Gullane on the North Berwick Golf Coast, West Fenton Court is Ideal for golfers, walkers, cyclists, horse riders, nature lovers, artists and anyone who wants to spend some time away from the "madding crowd" yet be close to everything!

These wonderful cottages are rented by the week, and they are fully equipped to provide you with every deluxe comfort. (Great for a group traveling together.) Once you stay here you'll find it hard to leave. The exquisite accommodations plus the fabulous golfing so close at hand make this an unbeatable place.

West Fenton Court extends a warm wecome to all Golf Nook friends.

Kaimend on Scotland's Golf Coast
Kaimend Kaimend is a delight to the eye. A Scottish mansion sitting right next to one of the finest links courses in the world...North Berwick golf course...and overlooking the sea. The only way to stay closer to the course would be to sleep on the green. Elegance is carried through the entire house, which is filled with artwork and antiques. Every room is beautiful and luxurious. The owners, Charlotte and Nigel, are avid golfers and they specialize in golfing catering to golfing groups. Please visit their website to find out more..

Lodging in St Andrews area

The Golf Pad .... spectacular inside and out..
Our words cannot do justice to this magnificent place. If you want to treat yourself to an elegant (yet casual) lodging, you will definitely want to visit their website. There are numerous options for renting the entire house. Fractional ownership available !! Created and owned by Chris and Claire Toll, renowned for their previous St.Andrews Golfing Lodge. An easy drive to St Andrews or Carnoustie.

The St Andrews Experience ...... Apartment at Number 18
And what a splendid experience it is. Just steps from the town centre, in an upscale residential area. The layout, the decor, the furnishings, the garden , the convenience, the comfort -- all marvelous. Perfect for 2 people, the apartment is on the ground floor and has two bathrooms. Owners Paul and Sheila Briggs are masterful in creating and managing superior lodging. Let their website tell you all about it.

Rufflets Country House Hotel

Old World charm with modern day comfort. Delightful rooms and suites, and superb dining in three venues. Set in ten acres of award-winning gardens, Rufflets is a gem. If you appreciate the good life, you will find it here. A beautiful place to stay. A world apart yet only a five minutes drive from St Andrews. Five stars from Golf Nook. Visit their appealing website.

Lodging in Aberdeen area

The Marcliffe at Pitfodels

Luxurious lodging in the Aberdeen area, this little gem of a hotel set in 8 acres of wooded grounds features two top-of-the-line restaurants in addition to its beautifully appointed rooms. The chefs specialize in local Grampian produce, Aberdeen Angus beef, game, and fish from local waters. The wine cellar holds over 400 wines and the Drawing Room is stocked with more than 100 malt whiskies. The entire hotel is quietly elegant with antiques and fine paintings, and the bedrooms all have satellite TV and direct-dial telephones. Putting green on the premises and great golfing very nearby. We personally know nothing in this area as exquisite as The Marcliffe at Pitfodels.

Perfect for weddings and corporate events. Be sure to visit every page of their enticing website, especially "Special Guests" (click on "About Us.)

Stewart Spence, host and owner of the Marcliffe, has created a sumptuous atmosphere for his distinguiehed guests. Stewart Spence, owner, Marcliffe, Aberdeen

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Chosen destination of all VIPs and celebrities visiting the northeast of Scotland"

The Marcliffe at Pitfodels, near Aberdeen