Where to Play in East Lothian
Main image: Muirfield Clubhouse.
This relatively new course opened in 2000. It is built on land of ancient, blown sand overlooking Aberlady Bay, neighbouring the resplendent links courses of East Lothian. Fairways are tight with rough and old stone dykes defining their perimeters. The 11th is a great driving hole, a Par 5 with a narrow strip of marshy land ahead of the green, and for many the most exciting hole on the course.
Yardage 6601 Par 71
This is a very testing Open Championship Final qualifying course. The course hugs the coastline and Golfers are rewarded with fine seaside views of the Firth of Forth. After taking on the many challenges that Dunbar has to offer the Clubhouse has a justified reputation for its comfort and informal hospitality.
Yardage 6404 Par 71
Gullane No 1
(East Lothian) Established in 1884. This course has hosted many Amateur Championships and played host to the Open championship qualifying in 2013. Carved into the ancient links turf Gullane’s pot bunkers, wispy grasses and smooth-running greens make this a unique challenge for even the most serious golfer. With its beautifully maintained greens, true links contours and impressive vistas it does not suffer from an inferiority complex being neighboured next to Muirfield. The late Payne Stewart rated it highly.
Yardage 6614 Par 72
Gullane No 2
A fine course which runs parallel to No 1 for the first seven holes, it was designed by then Open Champion Willie Parker Jnr in 1899 It is particularly renowned for the quality of its short holes, the 11th being the pick of the bunch. A composite course composed of Gullane No 1 and No 2 will host the Aberdeen Asset Management championship in July 2015.
Yardage 6624 Par 71
Considered harder to access than Fort Knox! This is the ultimate exclusive golf links. Many professionals regard it as their favourite Open Championship venue. If we manage to acquire that elusive golf time you are set up for a terrific golfing experience and the Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers are excellent hosts. Muirfield insists upon a letter of introduction from your golf club verifying your handicap.
Yardage 7245 Par 71
Golf has been played at North Berwick since the 17th century, with the club being formed in 1832. A true championship links course, having hosted Final Qualifying for The Open Championship and both Gentlemen and Ladies Amateur Championships. With panoramic views of the Firth of Forth this is a truly memorable course. Many of its holes have been impersonated worldwide and the 15th ‘Redan’ has consistently been rated by Golf Digest as one of the best holes in the world.
Yardage 6464 Par 71