the scottish borders

The Scottish Borders are one of the most picturesque regions in Scotland, and they are home to a good number of excellent golf courses, including The Roxburghe and the Cardrona.

Just outside Peebles in the borders (only 40 minutes drive from Edinburgh), you will find the four star MacDonald Cardrona Hotel with its associated 18 hole Championship Golf Course and Spa.

cardrona golf course and hotel near peebles

The Par 72 woodland and parkland Cardrona course was designed by Dave Thomas. The course measures 7010 yards from the championship tees, 6555 yards from the men's tees and 6139 yards from the Ladies tees.

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the MacDonald Cardrona Hotel, Golf Course and Spa

Elsewhere in the Borders region of Scotland, you will find the magnificent Floors Castle, near Kelso. The castle is the seat of the Duke of Roxburghe, and its associated Roxburghe Estate includes The Roxburghe Hotel and the Roxburghe Golf Course, a new Championship golf course, in its grounds !

roxburghe golf course 4th green with pond

The photographs here show the Roxburghe golf course - the photograph above shows the 4th green and the one below shows the 10th green looking back up the fairway and below that a photograph of the 1st tee showing the beautiful Borders scenery beyond.

The Roxburghe Estate extends over thousands of acres and also offers other typical country pursuits such as shooting and fishing. The country house style hotel has 22 bedrooms country and a restaurant serving excellent food as well as a lounge and a library. It has a championship golf course in its grounds !

roxburghe golf course 10th green

The Roxburghe course is a 7111 yards championship golf course with a Par of 72 and a course record held by Sergio Garcia at 66, so why not see if you can beat that ! The course was opened in 1997.

roxburghe golf course 1st tee

The course was designed by Dave Thomas, who had been a professional golfer (including playing in the Ryder Cup !) for 20 years. He is also known for having designed The Belfry among others ! The course has become known as one of the best inland golf courses in the UK ! Non golfers in your party could easily spend a day visiting the magnificent Floors Castle, the home of the Duke of Roxburghe, which was built by the 1st Duke of Roxburghe, in 1721. The Castle was first opened to the public in 1977 and has had over a million visitors since then. There is a restaurant and also magnificent gardens and you can buy some plants at the plant centre !  There is also a walled garden, adventure playground and woodland walks.