John Huggan is a leading Scottish golf journalist whose extensive knowledge and insight into the game combine with his dry wit to create a distinctive and highly acclaimed writing style. John's work can be found in a variety of sources across the industry from championship programs to books on tuition, but it is his regular features in Golf World and the National Press that draw most interest.
The course profiles contained on this site reflect the knowledge, passion and pride that John holds for his native golfing culture. A former Scottish Amateur Champion himself, John is an extremely talented player who was raised on a healthy diet of links golf in his native East Lothian.
John's course profiles provide an insight into some of the history and famous moments that define the great courses of Scotland. We hope they add to the anticipation of your trip.
"The toughest golf course in the world" - Gary Player after winning the 1968 Open Championship at Carnoustie.
The Links Club do regular golf tours to Carnoustie. We hope you enjoy this colourful precis, of Carnoustie Golf Course, Scotland, UK, by John Huggan.
"I have always thought that Gleneagles is one of the best places in the world to play golf." - Jack Nicklaus.
This is a description of the Gleneagles Golf Courses by John Huggan. We hope you enjoy this page and can join us on our tours to Gleneagles.
In a land replete with centuries-old castles, dark and forbidding lochs and tales of brutal and bloody battles, it is fitting that the Scots have their own monument to the game they gave the world.
That shrine is not a statue. Nor a gravestone. Nor a memorial. Any one would be too maudlin for a sport lived and breathed by a large percentage of the hardy populace. No, the monument in question is a golf course.
For long enough it wasn't Royal Dornoch; more Royal "Dormant." Until the 1970s, when it was "unearthed" by some of the leading American players of the time, the home of legendary course architect Donald Ross lay largely ignored and undiscovered by the world of golf.
Of course, the same cannot be said of this small Highland town's most famous son. Ross was a pioneer of golf course architecture in the United States during the first half of the 20th century...
In golf, as in life, there is a reason for everything. And, for once, we're not talking money. Usually, we're talking about St. Andrews.
Everyone who comes to Scotland to play golf - for the first time anyway - wants to tee up on the Old Course. Indeed, it can be argued that you haven't played proper golf until you have savoured the eccentric and varied delights of the ultimate links.
References to "old air fields" is not normally complimentary when used in the context of a golf course, but in the case of Turnberry an exception must be made.
From its days as an airbase in both World Wars, this most beautiful of golfing venues has been transformed into one of the world's foremost places to play. Which was no mean feat. Particularly in the Second World War...