5 Great Places to Tee Up in the East Lothian Region of Scotland
St. Andrews isn’t the only area to play golf in Scotland. Travel to the East Lothian region of Scotland and play these fantastic golf courses:
Muirfield – The Honorable Company of Edinburgh Golfers was founded in 1744 making it the oldest golf club in the world. Fast and firm Muirfield is beautiful in its simplicity with its tall wispy grass, perfectly groomed fairways, spectacular bunkering and stiff breeze coming of the Firth of Forth. It has hosted the Open Championship 16 times and is a true test of links golf. Muirfield is the ultimate experience for those that want to play a true championship course.
North Berwick (West Course) – Most visitors are reminded of St. Andrews when they play North Berwick. The West course, built in 1832, finishes just like the Old Course with the 18th playing up through the little town of North Berwick and a white fence marking out of bounds on the right side of the hole. Throughout your round you’ll hit over stonewalls, small burns and large, deep pot bunkers. This course definitely rewards the strategic player over the power player.
Gullane No. 1 – The view on the 7th hole at Gullane is breathtaking and memorable. On a clear day you can gaze across the course and see the glorious city of Edinburgh. Built in 1844, Gullane No 1. has hosted numerous Open Championship qualifiers. It’s a fabulous course that epitomizes the great Scottish links golf experience.
Craigelaw – This is one of the newest links golf courses in the East Lothian region of Scotland. Designed by European architect Donald Steel, Craigelaw has stunning views overlooking the Firth of Forth. Craigelaw also has superb accommodations making it a popular venue for people who want to stay and play in this fascinating region.
Dunbar GC – Built in 1856, Dunbar GC is your classic old links golf course that will reward you with that “I just discovered a hidden gem” feeling after your round. Dunbar has a unique atmosphere with its rocky shoreline and stone walls. This course may be short (6,500 yards) by today’s standards, but it’s challenging because the wind is constantly changing throughout your round.
Longniddry GC – Located on the south side of the Firth of Forth, Longniddry GC is terrific combination of woodland and links golf. A drop dead gorgeous landscape with Scots pines and gorse speckled throughout the layout make it a visual feast and joy to play.