The Scottish Borders, known to many for its rivers, reivers (raiders) and rugby, is an area that also makes its mark in the sporting world of golf.
The Border Golfers’ Association looks after the interests of 21 clubs in this south east corner of Scotland, with eight of these clubs owning 9-hole courses.
Torwoodlee was the venue for the Scottish Club Championship in 2005 (when local club Cardrona won the competition) and Peebles hosted the Scottish Area Team Championship in 1999, an event which saw Lothians claim its eighth title.
The two most famous courses in the Borders are both Dave Thomas creations. The Roxburghe, near Kelso, opened first in 1997 then Cardrona, close to Peebles, followed six years later. Although 40 miles apart, many golfers still think it worth the hour’s drive to play each course in one 36-hole visit.