The most popular areas for golf vacations in Scotland are the areas where the Major championships are normally held. Golf vacations to Scotland normally centre on the areas of the 5 Open Championship venues. The west coast has the venues at Turnberry and Royal Troon. The east coast has the venues of Muirfield, Carnoustie and St Andrews Old Course. The venues book up very quickly in each season with St Andrews Old Course being the most popular venue. Golf vacations UK Tour Operators are allocated a number of times on St Andrews Old Course during the season.
The most popular area for Ireland Golf Packages and tours is the south-west which has courses such as Ballybunion Old Links, Waterville and Tralee. The east coast has excellent courses such as Portmarnock Old Links, Royal County Down and the European Club, whereas the far north has the courses at Portrush, Portstewart and Ballyliffin.
New courses are springing up on a regular basis in both Scotland and Ireland but the main courses in the news have been the Castle Stuart course in the Highlands of Scotland and the new Donald Trump course which is being built near Royal Aberdeen on the Aberdeenshire coast in the east.
Golf packages are normally made to order and can contain Open Championship courses together with lesser but good quality venues in order to keep to reasonable budget levels.
Scotland Golf Tours and Ireland Golf Tours are still prominent even during the recent recession as golfers travel from all corners of the world to play the Links Courses.