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East Lothian may only be short drive from the center of Edinburgh but it will feel like you are a million miles away! With 40 miles of stunning coastline, gentle rolling countryside and a wonderful stretch of linksland, this is a fantastic location if you enjoy the outdoors. It’s like Scotland in miniature offering medieval castles, a whisky distillery and world-class links courses, making it a must-visit destination for both golf enthusiasts and non-golfing partners.
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Many people regard East Lothian as Edinburgh’s Playground. Its coastline has many award winning beaches, stretching 40 miles east of the capital, providing a host of activities from surfing and kayaking to more gentle exercise on the John Muir Way and of course, its Bucket List golf courses. There are wonderful medieval castles, such as Tantallon Castle, overlooking the cliffs east of North Berwick and Dirleton Castle, near to Gullane. There’s also an opportunity to visit one of Scotland’s best Lowland distilleries at Glenkinchie. There are 15 excellent courses located alongside ‘Scotland’s Golf Coast Road’ the A198, which runs from Musselburgh Links to Dunbar. Several are ranked in the World’s top 100 courses, including the world’s oldest golf club formed in 1744, The Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers, who play at Muirfield, Gullane with its three courses, of which No.1 Course played host to the 2015 Scottish Open and North Berwick and its magnificent closing six holes which include Redan, the most copied hole in the world. Add to this a microclimate making it one of Scotland’s driest areas, you are guaranteed to have fun on Scotland’s Golf Coast.
Craigielaw Golf Club
Inspired by the great links courses of Britain, particularly those on land, which are less dominated by dunes, Craigielaw is equal to many of the finest examples of such courses; some of which are conveniently located nearby in the East Lothian area. Designed by Donald Steel & Co. the course opened in 2001 and in this short period has bene host to many national events, including the 2006 Scottish Amateur Stroke Play Championship and was a qualifying course for the 2007 British Senior Open at Muirfield. With challenging greens, cavernous bunkers and spectacular views over the Firth of Fourth, Gullane Hill and out toward Edinburgh and Fife, Craigielaw Golf Club is an experience not to be missed.
Dunbar Golf Club
First laid out in 1856 and redesigned over the years by the likes of Old Tom Morris, Ben Sayers and James Braid, Dunbar East Links has a pedigree second to none. As befits such a gem of golf course architecture, it has played host to countless national and international championships. Well-defined holes following the natural contours of a narrow strip of land between the old red sandstone deer park wall and the rocky shoreline are the hallmarks of these links. At a little over 6,500 yards, it is not the longest championship course. But any golfer thinking this equates to a lack of challenge will soon be put right. This is a course built upon those old fashioned golfing virtues of club selection and shot-making. With the ever-present – and ever-changing – wind off the sea, it demands accuracy and judgment and rewards only bravery and skill.
Gullane Golf Club
Gullane Golf Club offers championship quality links courses with dramatic views across the Firth of Forth to Edinburgh and Fife. The three Courses do not have names but simply numbers, which reflect their age. Gullane No. 1 has a long history of hosting international Championship events and is an Open Championship Qualifying Course. A combination routing of No. 1 and No. 2 were used when Gullane hosted the 2015 Scottish Open won by Rickie Fowler. Gullane No. 2 has also been used for Open Championship Qualifying and the Seniors Open Amateur. Gullane No. 3, whilst being the shortest, still provides a stern challenge for golfers of all abilities.
Muirfield is a privately owned links, which is the home of The Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers. On March 7, 1744 the Edinburgh Town Council presented a silver club for annual competition by “The Gentleman Golfers.” In doing so, they require that “proper regulations” governing conditions of play be written and the thirteen Rules of Play were duly produced. Thus was the Company of Edinburgh Golfers created and recorded in the first minutes of the Club, which also state that surgeon John Rattray won the Club’s first competition. Muirfield hosted The Open Championship sixteen times, most recently in 2013 when Phil Mickelson lifted the Claret Jug. Muirfield also hosted The Amateur Championship ten times, The Senior Open Championship once, the Ryder Cup once, the Walker & Curtis Cups twice each, and many other major international tournaments. The 36 Hole Day Ticket includes a moring fourball and foursome alternate shot in the afternoon.