Where was the best golf destination in 2022?

30 November 2022
3 min. read
Darren Redwood
There are over 38,000 golf courses in the world, so when it comes to choosing the best golf destination, you can imagine it’s quite a challenge. So where was crowned the best golf destination in the world for 2022 by the World Golf Awards?
One of Scotland's newest golf courses, Dumbarnie Links - 2021 best new course by World Golf Awards. (Photo: supplied by Dumbarnie Links.)

World Golf Awards is part of World Travel Awards which was established in 1993 to acknowledge, reward and celebrate the travel, tourism and hospitality industry. 

In its ninth year of the World Golf Awards, the home of golf, Scotland, has finally been crowned the World’s Best Golf Destination, beating nominations from Argentina, Australia, Canada, Dubai, Jamaica, Morocco, Portugal and Vietnam to the title.

For the previous 6 years, Portugal had been credited the winner of the World’s Best Golf Destination, however, that crown has just gone to Scotland for 2022.

About Golf in Scotland

It is widely accepted that the game of golf originated in Scotland in the late middle ages, hence the phrase often mentioned when speaking about golf in Scotland - ‘The Home of Golf’. 

Fast forward to 2022, there are around 580 courses in the country. Perhaps the most iconic course is the world famous St Andrews’ Old Course which has recently held the 150th Open Championship.

In addition to St Andrews, six other courses in Scotland have all held the prestigious Open Championship: Prestwick, Musselburgh Links, Muirfield, Royal Troon, Carnoustie and Trump Turnberry.

A fabulous close-up of a green at Carnoustie which then overlooks the golf courses and Carnoustie bay in the background. (Photo: Leading Courses member - pedrovandekerkhof)

What Scottish Golf Courses are Bookable on Leading Courses?

As Leading Courses continues its growth across UK&I, there are now 9 clubs which are bookable through our platform.

Five Other Things Scotland is Known For

In addition to the legendary golf courses, Scotland is known for its whisky distilleries. There are over 130 active distilleries which are split into five producing regions - Campbelltown, Highland, Islay, Lowland and Speyside.

The rich culture and landscapes also make Scotland a hugely popular destination. For historians, there were once over 3,000 castles in the country. 

TheScottish Highlands also form part of the spectacular places in the country which is great for road trips, cycling and hiking.

Incredible views of Loch Lomond from the golf course. (Photo: Leading Courses ambassador SlicingMyWayThroughLife)

Scotland is also known to be the residence for the Loch Ness Monster with possible sightings dating back to 565 AD. Accessible Loch Ness via boat and decide for yourself whether it's a real animal or a long-running hoax.

Experiencing Scottish music and in particular the Bagpipes which is widely known as a national symbol of the country. Bagpipes are played as street music, in pubs and often provide the soundtrack for events and festivals.

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