I am travelling with my wife and adult daughter , both non golfers. Have 10 days to travel. Daughter wants the Highlands, wife just wants it not to be terribly stressful, I want to work in 2 or 3 great golf courses..driving isn't a problem, we enjoy exploring....thanks in advance for suggestions...
Well Aberdeenshire is a good place to golf and there's plenty to see and do for non-golfers too
Braemar Golf Course is one of many local to me and is the highest 18 hole course in Scotland and Braemar itself is one of the least stressful places I know :-)
I'll only add a great golf course is the Darly Course at Troon Muni. A true links course paralleling Royal Troon in parts (other side of the train tracks). It is a public course. So if you get down on the Ayrshire coast, stop in. But then Scotland, as you might expect, is chock full of great golf courses, many public, and just as challenging as the famous ones on the Open Rota.
Crieff Golf Club (http://crieffgolf.co.uk) is a good challenge and there are plenty of shops and coffee houses for the ladies to wander. Not too far from Gleneagles.
A lovely, fairly short course, set in magnificent scenery near Loch Lomond is Callander. Again there are things for the ladies to do while you master some tricky holes. (http://www.callandergolfclub.co.uk)
You should look at the course in Dornoch. You could stay in Dornoch, your wife and daughter can visit Dunrobin Castle and explore up the coast of the North Sea. It's a beautiful area and plenty for them to see and do in the area. And for you, it's one of the oldest golf clubs.
Legacy airlines generally allow an oversized bag of sports gear (skis, golf etc) to travel in cargo as one checked bag. With three travelers, if you are flying economy with a one checked bag per traveler, you can pool you luggage and carry one golf bag plus two other bags in addition to your carry-on.