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Aberdeen &
Grampian Highlands

Royal Aberdeen, Cruden Bay...

Royal Troon, Turnberry, Prestwick...

Northern Highlands
Royal Dornoch, Castle Stuart, Brora, Nairn...

Just east of Edinburgh
Scotland's Golf Coast
North Berwick, Muirfield, Gullane...

St. Andrews area

South West Scotland

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

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What others say

Portpatrick Golf Club

This lesser-known area of Scotland is too beautiful and unique to be overlooked....
Warm climate, gentle scenery, high cliffs, sandy beaches, prehistoric sites, views of Ireland and good golf to enjoy. Golf is played here throughout the year. The Gulf Stream (often called the Atlantic Drift) warms this lovely area on the southwest coast of scotland, creating an unusually mild and frost-free climate. So golf can be played almost every day of the year.

Portpatrick Golf Club Dunskey Course is a well-managed golf couse with excellent greens. The course has some unusual holes and some nice par 3s and the views are outstanding. The course overlooks some wonderful seacoast panoramas. On a clear day you can see Ireland. Although this is not a great golf course, the staff is friendly, the food in the clubhouse is good, and the golf course -- while not a big challenge -- is fun. And it does have buggies (electric golf carts) available for those who don't like to walk.

Portpatrick Dunskey golf course

Dunskey 14th green
See the YouTube above to get a feel of the golf course.

Golf Nook rating
-- PAR


Portpatrick Golf Club Dinvin 9-hole golf course --

Portpatrick Dinvin 9-hole course

The Dinvin is a Pay and Play 9-hole, family-friendly, holiday golf course. No advance booking required. Visitors welcome. The course is maintained to the same high standards as the 18-hole Dunskey Course.

Opened in 1914, originally described as a ladies course, now the Dinvin is often used by golfers who want to test their iron shots. Taking about an hour to play, it is ideal for the golfer looking for a quick bit of exercise or for the beginner who doesn't feel up to the rigours of 18 holes.Requiring no advance booking, it simply means pay and play.

Visitors are very welcome.


The attractive clubhouse offers a well-appointed lounge and dining room, plus a well stocked bar area where members and visitors can relax and enjoy the friendly ambience.

Portpatrick Golf Clubhouse


For What to Do and See in the Area, please refer to our South West Scotland page..