Best Golf Courses in Edinburgh & East Lothians
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Top Golf Courses East Lothian & Edinburgh
Known as Scotland's golf coast, East Lothian is just a few miles from Edinburgh. Home to 22 golf courses and 30 miles of stunning coastline it is one of Scotland’s finest golfing destinations. There are also a number of top courses on the outskirts of Edinburgh ideal if staying in the city. Below are our top picks for golf in Edinburgh & East Lothian.
Archerfield Golf East Lothian
A more traditional links. Rolling dunes, gorse bushes, and billiard table like greens that host a number of subtle run offs for miscalculated shots. The course can vary in length from 5’500 yds to just under 7’000 yds depending on what tees you wish to play off. With over 60 sand traps players also need to be pretty accurate during a round here. From the 3rd you can spot the atmospheric ruins of Dirleton Castle looming in the distance. Dirleton has hosted top European professional golf. For example, The Ladies Scottish Open, Scottish Senior Open and The Paul Lawrie Matchplay.
Like the Dirleton spans out at nearly 7’000yds. With a selection of tee boxes it is very playable for all levels of golfer. Most of the early holes are particularly defined by towering pine trees down either sides of the fairways. Consequently this can play havoc with wind direction and club selection. After navigating through the woodland area the course really opens out into a more traditional links style of play. The Fidra Links is truly an enjoyable and picturesque place to play golf in East Lothian.
Bruntsfield Links Golfing Society 2023
As a golfer, finding the perfect course is essential for enjoying the game to the fullest. The Bruntsfield Links Golfing Society is a prestigious club that offers a challenging yet enjoyable experience for golfers of all levels. In this quick guide, we will provide all the information you need to know about the Bruntsfield Links, from its history to course design, facilities and amenities, fees, membership, and location and directions.
Craigielaw Golf Club 2023
Another gem created by James Braid. The course then went under renovation early 2000s and at one point boasted the longest back 9 in Europe. The Course has hasted some marquee events over the years from Scottish PGA Championships, Scottish Senior Open and The Solheim Cup. The course is a favourite for the big hitters with lengthy par 4s and 5s that allow you to open up the shoulders and bomb drivers away. A great parkland course for those looking for a challenge.
Dalmahoy Golf Course 2023
Located in the picturesque countryside just outside Edinburgh, Dalmahoy offers two excellent courses, the East and the West. With its stunning surroundings, world-class facilities, and superb hospitality, Dalmahoy Hotel & Country Club is the perfect destination for visiting golfers of all levels.
Dunbar Golf Club 2023
Dunbar Golf Club is a hidden gem that has been entertaining golf aficionados for more than 150 years. It is located on Scotland's stunning east coast. If you're searching for a hard and beautiful round of golf, this course is a must-play. A challenging links course, stunning scenery and a friendly clubhouse – all the elements that make a perfect golfing experience.
The Glen Golf Club2023
One of Scotland's Golf Coast's unsung heroes, this cliff-top golf course enjoys stunning views and allows play all year round with greens and tees always in play. The Glen Golf Club, which is tucked away in the lovely East Lothian countryside, is a truly hidden treasure. This club is a must-visit for any golf enthusiast with a tough course, breathtaking scenery, and welcoming hospitality.
Gullane Golf Club 2023
Located a stone's throw from its neighbouring Muirfield, on Scotland’s Golf Coast, Gullane is a golfing mecca offering three world-class courses that have played host to numerous international championships. Each course has its own unique character and challenges, and all have stunning views of the Firth of Forth and the surrounding countryside.
Kilspindie Golf Club 2023
Kilspindie Golf Club lies on the nature reserve of Aberlady Bay between Craigielaw Golf Club and the Firth of Forth on Scotland’s Golf Coast. Classed as one of Scotland’s hidden gems, this short, quirky course is protected by narrowly defined fairways, pot bunkers and deceptive greens that can catch even the best ball strikers out. During a round, you may witness some of the Scottish wildlife including sea-birds, migratory geese, and seals sunning on the sand. In the distance, you can also see the profile of Edinburgh, its Castle, and Arthur’s Seat. Kilspindie is a real joy to play for any golfer.
Muirfield – The Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers 2023
Scotland's East Lothian is home to the prestigious Muirfield Golf Club, which is renowned for both its lengthy history and difficult layout. Muirfield has cemented itself as one of the best courses in the world, consistently in the top 10 of most golf publications rankings. Having hosted the Open Championship 16 times some see it as the ultimate test of golf due to the layout and challenges awaiting you on every hole.
North Berwick Golf Club West Links 2023
North Berwick West Links sits a few miles along Scotland's golf coast from its neighbouring Muirfield and Gullane. This busy little seaside town has some fantastic beaches and a spectacular golf course. Set along the coastline, the course boasts some fantastic views of the Firth of Forth and Bass Rock.
North Berwick West Links has a rich history dating back to the 17th century when golf was first played in the area. In 1832, a group of local golfers established the course on the west side of the town.
Turnhouse Golf Club 2023
Looking for a challenging round of golf in Edinburgh? Look no further than Turnhouse Golf Club. Turnhouse Golf Club is situated on the west side of Edinburgh. Set across Lennie Hill, the course offers magnificent 360-degree views; of the Ochils in the north, the River Forth and Fife beyond in the east, as well as excellent views of the Pentland Hills to the south. James Braid redesigned the course in 1927 and today, Turnhouse Golf Club is one of the best-kept and maintained courses in the area and offers golfers of all abilities, a stern test.
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