On par: Three of the best homes for sale next to beautiful Scottish golf courses

A golf course at the bottom of the garden isn’t the only attraction of these properties, finds Kirsty McLuckie.

The World Cup is finished, Wimbledon has played its last set for the year, so it is time to turn to golf.

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This week saw the start of the 147th Open Championship at Carnoustie but for those who live and breathe golf, a move to a property conducive to a daily round is tempting.

Elsewhere in the world, describing a home as a golf property conjures up the sort of manicured gated communities created round a course in places like Miami or Portugal.

In Scotland, there are few purpose-built golf resorts but because of the plethora of courses there is still plenty of choice for those who want to walk out of their front door and on to the first tee.

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Fairmount in Auchterarder is an outstanding traditional detached house beside the Perthshire town’s golf course.

The five-bedroomed family home is full of Victorian charm and character and the house has been thoughtfully upgraded and extended over the years to combine modern and traditional features.

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It has bright well-proportioned rooms with high ceilings and cornice work and large windows to bring plenty of natural light. The formal dining room has a bay window and traditional fireplace.

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The drawing room has views over the stunning garden while the kitchen has a gas-fired Aga, a dining area and seating area with further views over the gardens.

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Upstairs the views from the bedroom are of a park and the golf course, so occupants can relive their triumphs before bed.

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Archer House is a conversion by S1 Developments of an historic period building in a central location in the sought-after village of Gullane, a Mecca for golf enthusiasts, including all those who turned out for the Scottish Open last week.

The building was originally built as a hotel in 1892 by a butler at Archerfield House, who named it the Royal Archers Hotel.

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The conversion will create eight unique apartments combining contemporary finishes with original features.

The building is within easy walking distance of the golf courses, beaches, shops and restaurants and would suit as a permanent, holiday or investment property.

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Each apartment has a parking space and there are balconies and terraces to some of the apartments.

Five of the eight are still available, with an entry date of December or January.

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The house at 43 Barnton Avenue West in Edinburgh is fantastic family home with breathtaking views of two of the city’s most prestigious golf courses, the Bruntsfield Links Golfing Society and the Royal Burgess.

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The entrance hall has a double-height ceiling and an elegant staircase with cathedral-like proportions.

The majority of the ground floor is a series of interconnecting rooms linked with parquet flooring.

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The open-plan kitchen, dining and living room features an island with Italian marble and high quality fixtures and fittings.

From the dining area, double doors connect to a sitting room, with arched glass doors that open on to the terrace and garden.

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This rooms leads in turn to the family sitting room which features a wood burner.

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The current owners have upgraded the interiors – this is a stylish, home with a fabulous green outlook.

At a glance

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Where is it: Fairmount, Western Road, Auchterarder, Perthshire.What is it: A traditional detached townhouse beside Auchterarder golf course. Recently upgraded and extended, it has a dining room, dining kitchen, sitting room, sun room and study on the ground floor, and five bedrooms upstairs. The gardens of shrubs, lawns and trees surround the house on four sides, with a patio, double garage and workshop.Good points: For golfers, a gate from the garden leads directly on to the 17th hole of Auchterarder golf course and Gleneagles is also close by.Bad points: Not much potential to add value as it is already immaculate.Price: Offers over £585,000.Contact: Strutt & Parker on 01738 783350.

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Where is it: Archer House, Gullane, East Lothian.What is it: A conversion of a period hotel into eight one to three-bedroomed apartments with high-end finishes.Good points: As well as being surrounded by some of the best golf courses in the country, the development is by a beautiful beach.Bad points: Completion isn’t until this winter, so golfing may have to wait.Price: £170,000 to £460,000.Contact: Simpson & Marwick on 01620 567984.

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Where is it: 43 Barnton Avenue West, Edinburgh.What is it: A modern detached home with five bedrooms and four public rooms.Good points: Immaculately finished, the imposing house has extensive private gardens and overlooks two of Edinburgh’s most prestigious courses.Bad points: Having to choose which of the courses to play each day.Price: Offers over £1.5 million.Contact: Knight Frank on 0131 222 9600.