Local Knowledge: David Owen's itinerary


I began my back-roads journey where I had ended my first Scottish golf trip, at Kingussie, a couple of hours northeast of Glasgow.

5,411 yards; par 67 / kingussie-golf.co.uk / 540-661600; $48-$57

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The village of Boat of Garten was named for a nearby river ferry, long since put out of business by a bridge. The golf course — known locally as "the Boat" — was designed in the early 1900s by James Braid, who also designed the Kings and Queens courses at Gleneagles. Willie Auchterlonie (pictured) has been a long-time member.

5,648 yards; par 70 / boatgolf.com / 479-831282 / $65-$75

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Reay Golf Club, 60 miles east of Durness, is called the northernmost links in the United Kingdom. Reay's latitude is 58 degrees north, approximately the same as that of Juneau, Alaska.

5,628 yards; par 69 / reaygolfclub.co.uk / $51

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