Colin Montgomerie, 54, is the last Scot to win the Scottish Open, in 1999. Montgomerie grew up playing Royal Troon, where his father, James, was club secretary for 10 years. Russell Knox, 32, now the top-ranked Scot at No. 46 in the world rankings, said he spent nearly every summer day of his youth at Nairn Dunbar Golf Links in the Highlands.
“And yet, I never tire of the views of the Moray Firth coast,” he said, referring to an area of the Highlands.
Montgomerie and Knox named their top five courses in Scotland, excluding their home layouts. The breadth of their responses — only Kingsbarns Golf Links near St. Andrews was named by both — speaks volumes about the golf links bestowed upon a country long known as the home of the sport.
1) Muirfield “It is cool because it has two loops, unlike most links courses that are straight, out and back. So you never play into the same wind direction on two…