Edinburgh has a rich history when it comes to golf and so if you’re planning a trip to celebrate your favourite sport, it’s a great city to choose. Booking into the Royal Scots Club for your stay in the city guarantees you can get a great night’s sleep and a filling breakfast before a day out on the links. Here we’re looking at some of our nearest golf courses.
Less than two miles from the Royal Scots Club. Bruntsfield Links is the fourth oldest golf club in the world. With this fantastic claim to faim, Bruntsfield Links also offers a mature parkland style course. It was used in the 2011 Open Championship as a Qualifying Venue.
The Bruntsfield Links Golfing Society was founded in 1761 and the course itself was originally designed by Willie Park Junior although further modifications were made by famous architects James Braid and Dr Alister MacKenzie. Bruntsfield has regularly been ranked in the top 100 golf courses in the world.
Murrayfield Golf Club
Slightly over two miles from us, Murrayfield is a beautifully designed course which is known for offering a bit of a challenge. This challenge is down to the hilly nature of some parts of the course and it is based right next door to Edinburgh Zoo, which can be handy for tourists.
It is a younger club and course than Bruntsfield Links but this doesn’t detract from the great experience it offers. The 18 holes have both parkland and heathland layouts and the club welcomes players of all abilities.
Craigmillar Park offers some of the most beautiful views across Edinburgh and East Lothian. It is situated near to the Royal Observatory and is another course within 3 miles of the Royal Scots Club. The Craigmillar Park Golf Club was founded in 1895 and like many of the courses in Edinburgh its final 18-hole design was created by James Braid.
Craigmillar Park is most famous for the 72-hole Craigmillar Park Open which takes place each April and attracts recognisable names from the golfing world, with former winners including Sir Nick Faldo, Marc Warren and Charlie Green.
Prestonfield Golf Club
Wonderfully located below Arthur’s Seat and Salisbury Crags right in the heart of the city, Prestonfield Golf Club is a challenging course due to its par 70 rolling layout. It was established in 1920 as the Edinburgh Civil Service Golf Club and the present layout seen on the course was created by famous golf architect, James Braid.
Prestonfield Golf Club also benefits from a large clubhouse from which you can enjoy views over the course and it is very popular due to its central location.