There are many advantages to playing golf in Dumfries and Galloway including the warm rush of the Gulf Stream which provides the region with a mild climate making play possible on all but a small number of days.

Many of these are old-fashioned 9 hole courses which have been around for a long time and are invariably scenic, while at the other end of the scale the links course at Southerness is a major jewel in the Scottish golfing crown and consistently appears in the top 50 golf courses in Scotland.

Dumfries and Galloway offers 200 miles of expansive coastline and remarkable panoramas featuring rolling countryside of dramatic beauty. Some of the most celebrated names in Scottish golf have played a part in designing the layouts which feature in this lovely region.

A list of recommended golf courses in the area:

Southerness Golf Club, a true championship links course, has been recognized as one of the top 100 golf courses in Britain and Ireland each year since 1990. The course is situated on the Solway Coast, giving panoramic views of the Solway Firth, the Cumbrian Lake District to the south and the Galloway Hills to the west. (15 miles south of Dumfries).

Brighouse Bay Golf Club (4 miles from Kirkcudbright and 2 miles from Borgue. The golf club sits above the scenic Solway coastline, offering stunning views that overlook the Irish Sea and the rolling Galloway countryside. This 18-hole course features a rugged, coastal terrain with plenty of natural water hazards that come into play throughout the golf course.

The gentle slopes of Kirkcudbright Golf Club reward the golfer with magnificent panoramic views over the Galloway Hills and the Dee Estuary. Golfers will be greeted by a tough opening tee shot with everything going left on the 330-yard, par-4 first hole.

Gatehouse-of-Fleet Golf Club is one of the most scenic and well-maintained golf courses in southwest Scotland. The ninth hole is listed in Britain’s 100 Extraordinary Golf Holes.

Cally Palace Hotel Golf Club in Gatehouse-of-Fleet and features a private golf course that is carved from the scenic parkland that surrounds the hotel. The course closely follows the natural contours of the landscape and utilizes the towering trees that dot the terrain.

Castle Douglas Golf Club features one very steep hill which is the predominant feature of this challenging and attractive 9-hole parkland course, located on the outskirts of Castle Douglas. Established in 1904, Castle Douglas Golf Club is situated in one of Scotland’s most popular and treasured golfing locations.

Dalbeattie Golf Club is a nine-hole course that has a reputation as being a haven for wildlife. Golfers can expect to catch glimpses of deer around the forested parts of the course and birds of prey flying overhead.

Tree-lined fairways and challenging water features abound at the Colvend Golf Club parkland layout, situated on the gorgeous Solway Coast, conveniently located near Dumfries, Southerness, Castle Douglas and Dalbeattie. There are views over the Solway Firth to the Cumbrian Fells and, on a good day, offering a glimpse of the Isle of Man.

Stranraer Golf Club, located on the shores of Loch Ryan, is set on gently undulating ground. The parkland course affords exceptional views over the loch to Ailsa Craig, the Isle of Arran and beyond.

Wigtownshire County Golf Club, an 18-hole, true links course situated on the shores of Luce Bay, is one of the most popular holiday golf courses in southwest Scotland. The excellent condition of the Wigtownshire County course, combined with subtly sloping greens and changing sea breezes, provide a test of golf for both high and low handicappers.

Wigtown and Bladnoch Golf Club is a nine-hole golf course set in lush parkland just half a mile from the center of Wigtown. From the fourth tee, there are magnificent views of Wigtown Bay and across the Solway Firth to the Lake District Hills. Golfers can enjoy some fine Lowland malt whisky at the nearby Bladnoch distillery which has been in operation for over 200 years.

For further information, please visit the Scottish golf courses website section on Dumfries & Galloway.