The ever-constant wind, unique individual hole designs, and cleverly placed bunkers at North Berwick Golf Club are a challenge for even the most seasoned golfer, regardless of handicap. In fact, the basic hole design has been copied countless times around the world by all the great golf architects – although this course was designed more by Mother Nature than man.
The North Berwick Golf Course is one stop on the picturesque Edinburgh & East Lothian Golf Tour in Scotland. It is also one of the most scenic rounds in golf, with fantastic views of Fidra Island – the inspiration for Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island, and Bass Rock – home to one of the world’s largest gannet colonies.
The North Berwick Golf Club boasts one of the world’s most famous original par 3s, The Redan. The 15th measures 189 yards from the championship tee with a severely sloping green from front right-to-back left, a classic Redan hole.
Cleverly placed deep bunkers front left and three pot bunkers front right combined with the Scottish wind will test even the lowest handicap golfers.
C.B. Macdonald, considered by many the father of American golf architecture and his protégé Seth Raynor, utilized a form of this original Redan design on many of their famous routings – including the Par 3 4th at the National Golf Links on Long Island. The Redan and the Reverse Redan are also favorites for today’s acclaimed architects among them Tom Doak and Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw in their course routings.
The 4-hole stretch from the 13th to the 16th is as distinctively Scottish and as imaginative a collection of golf holes found anywhere. The short par 4 13th, aptly named The Pit, features a stonewall instead of bunkers guarding the green. The Gate the par-4 3rd hole also features a stonewall as a hazard, this time across the fairway.
The par 4 14th, a classic Narrows design, called Perfection, requires 2 “perfect” shots to hit the green. Along with the Redan hole it was also included in C.B. Macdonald’s 1906 “18 Ideal holes” from around the world.
The par 4 16th has a stonewall off the tee and a following burn across the fairway that requires a moderately long carry. The hole ends with a green unlike any you have played – narrow, with two separate plateaus for pin placements and a deep gully separating the two halves.
Because of its unique place in the history of golf course architecture, and that it is one of the most fun and unique courses to play anywhere, visitor tee times are at a premium. There are actually four local private clubs with playing privileges onto The West Links – The North Berwick Golf Club, North Berwick Ladies Golf Club, the Tantallon Golf Club and the Bass Rock Golf Club.
While visitor times are unfortunately already closed for the 2023 season, their diary will reopen on April 3, 2023 for 2024 bookings and we encourage you to plan early so as to not be disappointed on your Scotland golf trip.
Combine the sights of Scotland’s capital city, Edinburgh, with the great courses of the East Lothian peninsula.
8 nights 4* accommodation and 7 rounds of golf
Prices starting from $7,405
You can book a golf trip through Premier Golf. We offer custom golf trips to Edinburgh and East Lothian, which includes North Berwick.
North Berwick Golf Club is open to the public. Visitors are welcome to play at the club.
All Premier Golf packages include tee times and accommodations. Some packages may also include transportation, meals, and other activities.
Yes, Premier Golf packages can accommodate non-golfers. Non-golfers can enjoy a variety of activities in the area, such as shopping, sightseeing, and dining.