Exciting Golf Courses in Edinburgh and the Lothians
In many respects, Edinburgh could be considered the birthplace of golf. Though no one knows exactly where or when the game was first played, the first recorded game took place at Bruntsfield Links in Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1456. This massive milestone in the history of the sport has placed Edinburgh and the Lothians firmly at the center of the game and today this great region is home to many excellent golf courses. So if you’re looking for the perfect place to take to the greens, you’ll find several top golf courses in Edinburgh and the Lothians, such as Gullane, Muirfield and Dunbar, just waiting to be enjoyed. Or, if you’re a woman, you may enjoy following the footsteps of Mary Queen of Scots by playing at the Musselburgh Links. So whatever your golfing preference, come and explore the golf courses in Edinburgh, Scotland.
Archerfield is a magnificent estate developed between Gullane and North Berwick in a very picturesque part of East Lothian. It offers magnificent views of Fidra Island and the Fife coastline. Set on five hundred acres with an exclusive club, it offers an experience quite unlike any other in Scotland.
There are two golf courses at Dalmahoy, the East course and the West course. Between them they have elements of everything good about the golf courses of Scotland. The courses were designed and built by the legendary James Braid in 1927 and are a part of a thousand acre estate that surrounds the Dalmahoy Manor. The Manor was built in the 1720s and converted in the 1990s into the Marriott Dalmahoy Hotel and Country Club.
Just thirty miles away from Edinburgh, in the County of East Lothian, universally acknowledged as the Cradle of Golf, lies a hidden, lesser known gem of Scotland. Dunbar East Links on the eastern edge of Dunbar offers golf all year round and is a classic links golf course, hugging the coast. It offers spectacular views of the Firth of Forth and May Island with the shadowy outline of Fife in the distance.
Eighteen miles from Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland, is golfing heaven. The picturesque town of Gullane is home to five outstanding links courses including the well known Muirfield Golf Club. Three superb links are known, rather unimaginatively, as Gullane 1, 2 and 3, but nothing is pedestrian about the game you play on any of them. Part of the East Lothian Club formed by a group of farmers in 1859, the Gullane Golf Club was founded in 1882 on the shores of the Firth of Forth.
Kilspindie Golf Club in the village of Aberlady, East Lothian, Scotland is a hidden jewel of a links course that hosts a unique international competition. This is the ‘Alternative Ryder Cup’ which is played between two teams of twelve golfers from the United States and Europe. They play the tournament every alternate year using pre-1930's hickory shafts. Kilspindie is an old fashioned traditional course where you get a chance to play the game the way it used to be played in the past. At the Kilspindie Golf Club you play at links that were first prepared in 1898. The ambiance of the hundred year old clubhouse adds to the charm.
Luffness New Golf Club is probably the oldest new course in the world. It was created in 1894 by Tom Morris. The original Luffness Links were on the west of the present course. Some members from the original club broke away to form the Luffness New Golf Club. The course includes nine original holes from Luffness Old Club founded in 1867.
Muirfield is a very exclusive seaside links course, twenty miles from Edinburgh. It is the home of the Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers, the world's oldest golf club, though the game of golf is several centuries older. Characterized by long narrow fairways and fast undulating greens, Muirfield offers no surprises like hidden bunkers, blind shots or subtle undulations. Yet it is a demanding course with all its challenges in open view; a fair course for any determined golfer to take a chance.
Musselburgh Old Course in Musselburgh, East Lothian, is the oldest golf links in the world still in use. Records establish that golf was played here in 1672, though Mary Queen of Scots is reputed to have played here in 1567. It was the home of several venerable golf clubs such as The Royal Musselburgh, The Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers, Royal Burgess Golfing Society and the Bruntsfield Links Golfing Society. Additionally, over sixty smaller clubs played here over the spring and summer.
The West Links at the seaside town of North Berwick, 25 miles east of Edinburgh, is the second oldest golf course in the world still playing its original fairways and the club is the thirteenth oldest. The course began as a 6-hole course and a seventh was added before it was extended to 18-holes in 1877. It was lengthened again in 1895 and is 6,420 yards par 71 course today. A true links course, it starts in center of North Berwick town and heads westward towards the Firth of Forth. The course regularly is the venue of the final qualifying for the British Open.