Scotland dominates the Instagram golf hashtags

As spring approaches, golfing enthusiasts will be hitting the course more and more.

In a bid to wave goodbye to colder days, golfing experts at have investigated which golf course around the world is the most popular on Instagram by taking 15 of the most well-known courses on the planet and analysing their Instagram tagged posts.

The number of times each golf course was hashtagged on the social media platform was recorded before the courses were ranked from most to least mentioned – and Scotland dominates the list.

The Old Course at St Andrews is the oldest golf course in the world. It’s no surprise that this course, known to most golfers as ‘The Home of Golf’, is the most instagrammed location on the list with just over 42,000 hashtagged posts.

The green fee price won’t break the bank either as St Andrews ranks as the sixth cheapest summer green price.

Another Scottish golf course, Muirfield is the second most popular with more than 13,000 tagged Instagram posts – although 28,974 less than St Andrews. Muirfield opened in 1744 and is one of the courses used in rotation for The Open Championship.

Five Scottish courses feature in the top 15, making Scotland by far the most represented country in the ranking (33.4%), along with Royal Dornoch, Castle Stuart Golf Links, and Trump International Golf in Aberdeenshire.

Cape Kidnappers is the only golf course located in New Zealand on the list. It does place in a respectable third though with more than 11,000 tagged Instagram posts.

Two courses located in the USA complete the top five. Pebble Beach and Bandon Dunes have a combined 14,155 hashtags on Instagram. However, the summer green fee differential is quite significant: it’ll cost you £157 more to golf at Pebble Beach than Brandon Dunes. Pebble Beach is also the most expensive green featured in the ranking.

Instagram hashtag data was taken directly off the social network on Friday, February 14, 2020.

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