is the ancient home of golf and as such is a world-class
destination for those wishing to walk a few steps in the
footsteps of golfing greats like Colin Montgomerie or
However, those who are a little greener shouldn’t
worry, as there are courses to suit all levels. And wherever
you are in Scotland you’re never far from a golf
course and Edinburgh is no exception. With six municipal
courses, 28 private clubs and driving ranges nearby there’s
no shortage of places to tee up.
A popular choice in Edinburgh is Braid Hills No. 1
[map]. Perched just ten minutes drive from the city centre
this is a hilly but rewarding course. As you move from
hole to hole you will see the kind of stunning views which
make Scottish golf so world renowned. To add to its charm
this pay-and-play course only costs around £15 to
play on a weekend.
For beginners or parties of mixed ability the short, quirky Merchants of Edinburgh Golf Club [map] just two miles from the city centre may be more appealing.
Or you could try the Silverknowes Golf Club [map] which is a municipal course set on the banks of the river
The Scottish golfing season runs from April to mid-October
but some courses (usually links courses) can be played
all year round. The nearest links course to Edinburgh
city centre is The Old Musselburgh Links [map] which is the oldest playing golf course in the world.
Heading east further along the Scottish coastline you’ll
come to East Lothian, a paradise for true golf
enthusiasts. The jewels in this links crown include the Open Championship venue Muirfield, home
to the Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers who crafted the first 13 rules of golf. To play this course
you will need to apply in writing a year or more in advance.
Then there’s the small village of Gullane [map],
with a population of less that 2,000 but with three superb
courses all bearing its name. Number three is the cheapest
to play but don’t underestimate the challenge. And
with outstanding views of the sea North Berwick should not be forgotten.
If you are considering playing a few rounds while you’re
in Edinburgh it is best to book in advance as courses
especially historic or popular ones may get very busy
and most private courses have playing restrictions for
non-members. To avoid disappointment find out in advance.
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