Scotland's greatest golf holes revealed
It provides one of the world's most famous sporting backdrops and has played host to some of the historic game's most thrilling encounters.
Now the 18th at the Old Course in St Andrews has been named Scotland’s great golf hole.
It won more than a quarter of the votes in a poll of more than 3000 players.
Conducted by national tourism agency VisitScotland, the survey also found the famous “road hole” 17th at St Andrews as the nation’s favourite par four hole.
The Old Course attracts thousands of visitors from all over the world every week due to its regular hosting of the Open Championship and its 600 years of golfing heritage.
It also recognised iconic courses such as Royal Troon, which was voted to have the best par three hole, and Old Course neighbour Kingsbarns, in Fife, which was said to have the best par five.
However the survey also highlighted lesser-known courses, such as Cruden Bay Golf Club, in Aberdeenshrie, which was said to boast the best view in the country, from the ninth, and Machrihanish Golf Club, which was said to have the best opening hole, after notching up almost a third of the votes.
The most popular holes are being highlighted on VisitScotland’s dedicated golf website.
It states: “St Andrews is often regarded as ‘the home of golf’ and performed strongly across the poll. “The 18th hole is named after the former open champion Tom Morris, who lived in St Andrews.
“It is easy to see why this iconic golf hole was voted the best - it’s the most photographed golf hole in the world.
“As well as winning the title of best hole in Scotland, the 18th at the Old Course was also voted the best closing hole with almost a quarter of the votes cast.
“A tricky closing hole, home to the iconic ‘valley of sin’ at the Old Course, it narrowly pipped Moray Golf Club and Carnoustie to the post for best closing hole.”
Malcolm Roughead, chief executive of VisitScotland, said: “We’re thrilled that the golfing public
have taken the time to put their support behind their favourite courses in Scotland, from local
favourites to the home of golf itself, St Andrews.
“Every club plays it part in making Scotland the essential golfing destination, so we’re proud to honour such a diverse range of our spectacular courses.”