A recent study by Forbes Advisor which analyses and ranks European golf courses has named St Andrews has the best UK destination for a golf staycation and ranked in 5th in the world overall. Ayrshire ranks 19th on the list.
Forbes Advisor’s Golf Index 2023 assesses golfing destinations based on seven factors: number and quality of courses, value for money, green fees, courses that are ranked as world class – and annual sunshine, and rainfall.
Valencia, secured the top spot as the best golfing destination in Europe and Madrid ranked third with 11 highly-rated golf courses.
Forbes says on St Andrews, “Despite the cooler and wetter weather compared to other destinations in Europe, the excellent courses and reputation of St Andrews make up for it. With a total of 19 top-rated courses, including 15 that are rated as good value for money, St Andrews is a golfer’s dream.” Of the Old Course itself they say, “The atmosphere of the course, with its traditional links layout and stunning coastal views make it a bucket list destination for many”.
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