Edinburgh is a fantastic place to stay if you want to enjoy a round or two of links golf. Beautifully designed courses and the picturesque landscape combine in a golfing experience to remember. We take a closer look at some of the leading golf courses across Edinburgh and the surrounding Lothians.
City of Edinburgh
The city of Edinburgh itself is a fantastic place to start when it comes to your next round of golf. The city surrounded by hills is the perfect environment for both challenging and enjoyable golf courses. Braid Hills, for example, is a testing hilltop golf course which boasts views of Edinburgh Castle, Arthur’s Seat and beyond, out to the Firth of Forth. Another of the city’s famous courses is the fourth oldest in the whole world. Founded in 1761, Bruntsfield Links Golfing Society is in the Barnton area of the city. It offers a real challenge and has been used as qualifying venue for the Open.
See also the courses at Prestonfield and Duddingston and there are many more golf clubs and driving ranges throughout the city. More informally, you can also hire a wedge and putter from The Golf Tavern and play the original Bruntsfield Links course (by the Meadows), the oldest short-hole golf course in the world.
East Lothian is often described as Scotland’s Golf Coast and is perhaps the home of some of the best and most famous golf courses anywhere. The area is full of historic and stunning golf courses. Muirfield has hosted the Open Championship 16 times, most recently in 2013 and the list of former winners here is a who’s who. Phil Mickelson won in 2013, Ernie Els emerged from a four way play off in the wind and rain of 2002. Nick Faldo (twice), Tom Watson, Lee Trevino, Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player all won Opens here.
Gullane Golf Club has three courses and has played host to the game for nearly four centuries. It is also home to the Scottish Open in July 2015. Musselburgh too is an area known for its golf with the famous Archerfield Links Golf Club offering two outstanding courses and the Craigielaw Golf Club is another long established centre which is known as the home of the Eric Grandison Golf School.
West & Mid Lothian
West Lothian has some real treats for golf fans, with the East and West courses of the Dalmahoy Country Club or you can enjoy the championship standard course at Linlithgow, which also has wonderful views over the Forth Estuary.
Within easy reach of city of Edinburgh, Midlothian golf courses include the mature parkland of the Broomieknowe Golf Course, sitting at a high altitude with wonderful views of the local countryside. The region is also home to the picturesque Glencourse Golf Course which offers an enjoyable game, with a number of challenging holes along the way.
Visiting Edinburgh for a golfing break can involve seeing many historic courses, enjoying internationally renowned clubs and it is possible to organise deals and passes to experience a range of different courses and clubs throughout your stay.