A trio of bucket list-worthy golf destinations in Scotland and packing suggestions for looking good on the greens.
Written by Elliott Greene.
Marine & Lawn Hotels & Resorts recently launched a collection of bespoke upscale hotels near some of the world's most prestigious golf courses. Staying true to its name, each Marine & Lawn property embraces the harmony between sea and land while paying homage to local tradition by restoring historic landmark properties and transforming them into distinctive locally inspired properties set in high culture environments. All restaurants feature concepts, dishes, and flavors inspired by the destinations and embrace local culture with design elements sourced from within the community. Meticulous attention to detail establishes a unique sense of place for guests, weaving centuries of golf history and legends of once-in-a-lifetime destinations into design details throughout each hotel.
Steeped in history and serving as a living museum to golf and its founders, Rusacks St. Andrews is set alongside the legendary "Old Course" in a renovated iconic 1800s building. Each of the 123 guest rooms sport design touches reflective of the destination. Ideal for group getaways, the property's four-bedroom Links Townhouse provides the resort's abundant amenities with the added benefits of a high-end kitchen, dining and living areas, a cozy home cinema, and total privacy.
Set in a notable foodie destination, Rusacks St. Andrews teamed up with food innovators White Rabbit Projects to create a range of Scottish-inspired dishes using the best in-season, locally sourced ingredients at its three restaurants and bars, two of which overlook the first and 18th holes of the Old Course at St. Andrews (which hosted the 150th Open Championship this past July) and the North Sea. There's even a rooftop putting green and a Blendworks Experience at 18, in partnership with Eden Mill, Scotland's first single-site distillery, which at one point distilled and bottled products in the basement of what is now Rusacks St. Andrews. The Blendworks Experience offers two-hour blend-your-own-gin sessions guided by an Eden Mill expert, using several specifically distilled 'body spirits' and 'hero botanicals.'
Located in one of Scotland's most treasured seaside towns, the 84-room Marine North Berwick appeals to more than just golfers with a spa, pool, a fitness center, and two restaurants and bars featuring local cuisine inspired by the spirit of its Scottish surroundings. Following a comprehensive renovation, the "Grand Old Lady" once again revels in her former glory as a luxury landmark on Scotland's Golf Coast. The hotel overlooks the 16th hole of the historic West Links course at North Berwick Golf Club and boasts scenic views of the Firth of Forth and Bass Rock. Reopened this past spring, Marine Troon encompasses 89 guest rooms, two restaurants and bars featuring locally-inspired cuisine, and expansive meeting and event spaces. Along with its attractive golf offerings, the hotel is a wellness haven with a new fitness and leisure center complete with an indoor pool, squash court, sauna, and steam facilities. In addition, the hotel provides unobstructed views of the 1st and 18th fairways of Royal Troon's Old Course, which has played host to nine Open Championships.
Clockwise from upper left: G/FORE! Women's Grosgrain Stud Cap Toe Gallivanter ($225; gfore.com); G/FORE! Mixed Stripe Golf Dress ($225; gfore.com); Byrdie Golf Dilworth Dress Liberty London ($225; byrdiegolfsocial.com).
Clockwise from upper left: Jade t-shirt ($210), Dita pants ($250), and Coco cap ($100) from Fulsap (fulsap.com); From Chervo: Wainer 100 Hat ($38.50), Teck 380 Crew Neck ($187), Avenida 035E polo ($198), Spazio pant ($209), Uanted belt ($66; chervousa.com); Kenny Flowers' golf shirts for men and women feature the first-ever, patent-pending built-in golf tee holder ($88; kennyflowers.com); Packable wind jacket from Rohnisch ($110), Kiana Skort ($104) and sunvisor ($32; rohnisch.com/us/en).