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St. Andrews wins best golf hole in Scotland

25/04/2017 by .
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The Old Course at St. Andrews has added yet another title to its rich history as the 18th has been voted best golf hole in Scotland by a panel of over 3,000 golfers.

The poll, commissioned by Visit Scotland asked golfers to choose their best opening and closing holes, best Par 3, 4 and 5, as well as a best view and best overall golf hole.

Tom Morris, St Andrews’ iconic final hole and home to the Valley of Sin, took the prize for the best hole and best closing hole, while its perhaps equally famous 17th Road hole was voted the best Par 4 in Scotland.

The 9th hole at Cruden Bay Golf Club on the Aberdeenshire coast won the prize for best view. The course, which offers some stunning views across the Bay of Cruden and Slains Castle,saw off  competition from the Castle Course at St Andrews, Machrihanish Dunes and Gullane Golf Club.

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Machrihanish Golf Club Battery (c) Andy Mossack

Machrihanish Golf Club once again confirmed it the owner of the best opening hole in the world. The Battery, whose tee box already features a plaque recording this, received over 1,000 votes as the best opening hole in Scotland.

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.”

The final results of the poll were as follows:

Best HoleTom Morris, 18th at the Old Course, St Andrews (799 votes, 27% share)

Best Opening HoleThe Battery, 1st at Machrihanish Golf Club (1025 votes, 30% share)

Best Closing HoleTom Morris, 18th at the Old Course, St Andrews (825 votes, 24% share)

Best Par 3The Postage Stamp, 8th at Royal Troon (891 votes, 26% share)

Best Par 4Road, 17th at the Old Course, St Andrews (1176 votes, 36% share)

Best Par 5Orrdeal, 12th at Kingsbarns Golf Club (654 votes, 19% share)

Best View – 9th at Championship Course, Cruden Bay Golf Club (662 votes, 20% share)

For more information on the poll and the breadth of courses Scotland has to offer, visit


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