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The perfect whisky and golf blend

Combine two traditions for a truly great trip

ENJOYING a drink after a game of golf is a long tradition that has been continued until this day, and when the bar is known as ‘The 19th hole’, it acts only to highlight the relationship between the two that it has become part of golfing culture.

Luckily for those who enjoy a game of golf and little tipple along the way, there are plenty of distilleries in close proximity to high quality golf courses, where you can combine a love of both.

Starting in the far north of the country Tomatin distillery is located just south of Inverness close to several golf clubs. The distillery itself is home of one of the finest Highland single malt Scotch whiskies you will find anywhere.

There are several courses nearby that you can enjoy including Carrbridge, which is one of the most scenic nine-hole courses in the country, and Boat of Garten. Affectionately known as ‘The Boat’, the course offers a demanding test of golf in a magnificent setting.

A short distance away in Inverurie you’ll find Glen Garioch Distillery. The first licensed distillery in Scotland, it has a real story to tell and the whisky is top notch, too. A visit could be combined with a trip to play at Royal Aberdeen, the new host of the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open. Boasting two top class courses, Balgownie and Silverburn, there’s plenty of fun to be had on the famous links.

Sitting in between Aberdeen and Inverness, Aberlour distillery offers something to impress any whisky lover.

The distillery sits close to a range of top courses, with Trump International a real attraction. A world-class layout, it really does live up to all of the hype.

If Trump International doesn’t take your fancy then do not fret, a round at Craibstone, Dufftown, Ballindalloch Castle or Rothes will ensure your trip is a memorable one.

On the banks of the River Tromie in the Highlands lies the Speyside Distillery. Home to many fine distilleries, the area is the ideal place for a whisky enthusiast to take in, and if they’re into golf, then even better. Newtonmore Golf Club awaits just a few miles south of Aviemore, and presents a strong golfing challenge.

Located in East Lothian the Glenkinchie distillery gives you a real taste of Scotland. If you decide to take a tour, you’ll be treated to the unique exhibition of the original malting floors.

It’s a serious contender for the best-placed distillery in the country when it comes to golf, too. Surrounded the widest array of championship courses, you’re spoiled for choice when looking to play. With 2013 Open Championship venue Muirfield a short drive away, there’s also Archerfield Links, Craigielaw and Gullane in very close proximity.

Even if your trip takes you away from the mainland, there’s still plenty of whisky and golf to enjoy. The producers of Scotland’s newest single malt; the Isle of Arran distillery is one of few remaining independent distilleries in the country. Barely a hop, skip and a jump from the distillery isBrodick Golf Club which will capture you with its charm.

If you’re going a bit further west onto the island of Islay then you’re in for a treat. An island known for its single malt whisky, the Lagavulin distillery is a must visit on any trip there. With single malts aged from 12 to 30 years, you’ll be able to discover the whole production process with your own eyes as you are enjoy a tour. Its closeness to Machrie Golf Links is another advantage, giving you the chance to play a course listed among the top 100 courses in the world.

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