Scotland's Golf Coast https://scotlandsgolfcoast.com/ Wed, 05 Jun 2024 08:55:11 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=6.5.5 https://scotlandsgolfcoast.com/wp-content/uploads/sgc-favicon-100x100.png Scotland's Golf Coast https://scotlandsgolfcoast.com/ 32 32 EAST LOTHIAN’S INLAND COURSES https://scotlandsgolfcoast.com/blog/scotlands-golf-coast-inland-parkland/ Sat, 01 Jun 2024 10:28:47 +0000 https://scotlandsgolfcoast.com/?p=2977 SCOTLAND’S GOLF COAST HAS MORE THAN LINKS GOLF Scotland’s Golf Coast has the greatest concentration of Championship links golf courses in the world. However, East Lothian‘s golf is not just about the coast. Scotland’s Golf Coast’s three inland courses add variety and accessibility to the region. The Musselburgh Previously known as Monktonhall, The Musselburgh was designed by James Braid. The Open Qualifying...

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SCOTLAND’S GOLF COAST HAS MORE THAN LINKS GOLF

Scotland’s Golf Coast has the greatest concentration of Championship links golf courses in the world. However, East Lothian‘s golf is not just about the coast. Scotland’s Golf Coast’s three inland courses add variety and accessibility to the region.

The Musselburgh Scotland's Golf Coast

The Musselburgh

Previously known as Monktonhall, The Musselburgh was designed by James Braid. The Open Qualifying venue is the first of our 21 outside Edinburgh. Established in 1938, Braid decided that the course needed length. Even back then, Braid believed that a Championship course should be long. The course has evolved, however, and tees have been introduced to suit all standards of golfer.

Now known for its conditioning, drainage, wide fairways, and excellent greens, it is a popular member club, aswell as a welcome alternative to the links for visitors. You will be in good company too, as James Braid, Percy Alliss, Henry Cotton, and Alf Padgham all played in the inaugural match.

Royal Musselburgh Scotland's Golf Coast

Royal Musselburgh

A little further outside Edinburgh is Royal Musselburgh. Another James Braid course, the club is the sixth oldest in the world. Steeped in history, the Old Club Cup, dating back to 1774, is the oldest trophy still competitively played for in the world. Royal Musselburgh is also home to the original ‘hole cutter’. It was in 1829 that the device was invented and is still on display at the club. 41/4 inches (10.8 centimetres) in size, a diameter that has millions scratching their heads every day.

The striking and ornate clubhouse, Prestongrange House lays claim to the Earls of Lothian as former residents. The year-round condition of the course is superb and is a very enjoyable and playable parkland 18 holes. With only four of the 14 par 4’s over 400 yards, there are plenty of chances for birdies.

Gifford Scotland's Golf Coast

Gifford

Heading towards the Lammermuir Hills is the scenic and tranquil 9 holes of Gifford – a true Hidden Gem. The small, friendly, and intimate clubhouse offers the ideal base to meet the locals, enjoy a bacon roll, and look forward to a slightly different challenge. There is no better kept secret than this unfathomably unknown, yet fun and amazing 9-holer. Shortlisted in this year’s Scottish Golf Tourism Awards (Best 9 Hole Course), maybe the secret is now out?

The hills as a backdrop and the Firth of Forth in the distance, the scene is set. Laid out in 1904, there have been only four head greenkeepers. The mature woodland and quality turf have created a course that is welcoming yet challenging enough to entice you post-morning on the links.

Fantastic value for money

We speak a lot about variety on Scotland’s Golf Coast. Our inland three highlight that superbly. An Open Qualifier, the 6th oldest and a hidden 9-hole Hidden Gem will add value (especially value for money) to any package in East Lothian. We know you will not be disappointed.

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GOLF COAST GREENKEEPERS: CRAIGIELAW https://scotlandsgolfcoast.com/blog/golf-coast-greenkeepers-craigielaw/ Fri, 03 May 2024 16:07:51 +0000 https://scotlandsgolfcoast.com/?p=3064 GOLF COAST GREENKEEPERS: CRAIGIELAW Paul Hay, Head Greenkeeper, Craigielaw Golf Club Paul Hay’s heart sank as Kirsty Gallagher, daughter of Ryder Cup captain, Bernard Gallagher walked across the 18th green of Gullane No.1. Alongside then First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, Kirsty was on her way to present the 2015 Scottish Open trophy to Rickie Fowler. Paul was Head Greenkeeper of Gullane...

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GOLF COAST GREENKEEPERS: CRAIGIELAW

Paul Hay, Head Greenkeeper, Craigielaw Golf Club

Paul Hay’s heart sank as Kirsty Gallagher, daughter of Ryder Cup captain, Bernard Gallagher walked across the 18th green of Gullane No.1. Alongside then First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, Kirsty was on her way to present the 2015 Scottish Open trophy to Rickie Fowler.

Paul was Head Greenkeeper of Gullane No.1 at the time. Having hosted a fantastic event, with a great winner, it should have been a proud moment. However, Kirsty’s high heels were of far greater concern than the adulation of greenkeepers worldwide. High-heel coring in July is not something the members would want.

Greenkeeping is in the family

Almost ten years on, Paul smiles and happily tells the tale. Paul is born and bred Gullane, with over 26 years as a greenkeeper at his home club. His last roles were as Head of No.1 and Deputy Course Manager. He knows Scotland’s Golf Coast better than most. His cousin was also a greenkeeper at Gullane, and his son, after stints at Luffness and Longniddry, is a fully qualified greenkeeper at The Renaissance.

It was in January 2022 that Paul took the plunge and became Head Greenkeeper at Craigielaw. It was too good an opportunity to miss. In East Lothian terms, Craigielaw is a new kid on the block, opening in 2001. The Donald Steel design has matured well, and thanks to Mother Nature and ongoing improvements, is well and truly a respected Championship course.

Green-keepers at Craigielaw

Continued development at Craigielaw

Paul’s remit is to push the course to the next level and refine the experience. Craigielaw hosted the Scottish Senior Opens in 2018 and 2019, but there is no resting on any laurels. There are various exciting upcoming projects, and the consistent goal is to create a well-conditioned, fun, challenging and playable links golf course.

With a 30-bedroom Lodge and a strong membership, the aim for the course is to be enjoyed by everyone.

Craigielaw Scotland's Golf CoastRevamping number 12

Recent work has included remodelling the approach on hole 11 with the removal of a water hazard/drainage and installing new bunkering, the revamping of the green complex on number 12, where one big bunker has become three smaller ones opening the approach to this tricky green. There are also enhancements underway on the course grasses as fescue is introduced to make the greens more robust and sustainable.

Craigielaw Scotland's Golf Coast

A true ambassador for Scotland’s Golf Coast

Paul classes himself as a ‘high handicap’ golfer, but enthuses about Craigielaw, particularly holes 4 and 6, where the stone walls add a unique character. In fact, it’s at number 6, ‘Kilspindie’, where Paul enjoys watching the sun come up over Aberlady Bay, and Gullane Hill. A quintessential Scotland’s Golf Coast view.

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Kilspindie and Dunbar

When not at Craigielaw, Kilspindie and Dunbar are his favourites on the coast, but says it’s slightly unfair to ask, as they are all fantastic. Spoken like a true ambassador for the coast!

Heading into golf season on the coast

As we head into Spring, and then Summer, Paul is delighted that temperatures are increasing. It’s an earlier start, but with such early light from April to October, it’s important to take advantage of the conditions.

Scotland’s number 1 golf destination

An East Lothian boy, Paul is proud to have played his part in two Scottish Opens, and four Scotland’s Golf Coast courses (Gullane No.1, 2, 3 and now Craigielaw). Paul gets as much pleasure seeing an 8- and 80-year-old play on Craigielaw’s 6-hole par 3 South Links course, as he does watching Michael Jordan tee it up on Gullane No.1. Just another day at Scotland’s number one golf destination.

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TOP 100 GOLF RANKINGS https://scotlandsgolfcoast.com/blog/top-100-golf-rankings/ Sat, 09 Mar 2024 08:29:28 +0000 https://scotlandsgolfcoast.com/?p=3001 TOP 100 SUCCESS FOR SCOTLAND’S GOLF COAST Golfers love a Top 100. They love to talk about rankings. What is their Top 5, what is your Top 5. It’s all opinion. A lot might depend on the weather, the score, the company, the scenery, the design, the condition, the welcome and more. On Scotland’s Golf Coast, we have been lucky to have...

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TOP 100 SUCCESS FOR SCOTLAND’S GOLF COAST

Golfers love a Top 100. They love to talk about rankings. What is their Top 5, what is your Top 5. It’s all opinion. A lot might depend on the weather, the score, the company, the scenery, the design, the condition, the welcome and more. On Scotland’s Golf Coast, we have been lucky to have 21 magnificent and varied courses – and now that number has risen to 22 with Goswick Golf Club (an Open Qualifier) joining our offering – but in which positions do they all currently lie. This is your guide to Scotland’s Golf Coast’s Top 100 success.

There are some obvious ones, and some less so. The lists truly highlight the breadth of golf on offer along miles of stunning coastline stretching from the Border all the way to Edinburgh. From a 16-time Open venue to a public links course, there is golf for everyone. Golf for all is a good thing!

Top 100 golf courses Gullane

Musselburgh Links in Top 100 Fun Courses

Golf World has a fantastic selection of Top 100s. They have naughtily added a Top 200 in certain instances. We won’t complain, as more Scotland’s Golf Coast courses are featured. We are particularly fond of Great Britain and Ireland’s Fun Courses, with four of our courses listed. Musselburgh Old and its 9 historic holes is at No. 81. The shorter, and arguably most beguiling of the Gullane courses, Gullane 3 is at No. 45. Hugging the Forth with its charm and character, is Kilspindie at No. 17. Top of the tree, at No. 1, is the West Links at North Berwick.

Top 100 golf courses Musselburgh Links

North Berwick

It’s important to highlight North Berwick. The West Links seems to ooze history, craft, and warmth. On the one hand, No. 23 in Golf Digest’s ‘World’s Best Courses’, on the other, classed as the most fun. It says a lot. It’s a fun town too, the perfect base for your golfing trip.

North Berwick Golf Club Top 100 Gullane 1, Muirfield and more

Continuing with Golf World, the Best Courses in Great Britain & Ireland under £60 includes Craigielaw and Gullane 3. In the Top UK & Ireland Links Courses list, our four include The Renaissance, Gullane 1, North Berwick and Muirfield. This is when we will gladly accept a Top 200. There are a further six Scotland’s Golf Coast courses – Archerfield (Fidra), Kilspindie, Gullane 2, Luffness, Dunbar, and Goswick. That’s 10 courses in the Top 200. That’s good going and testament to Scotland’s Golf Coast having the greatest concentration of Championship links golf courses in the world! Meanwhile, in Golf Monthly‘s UK&Ireland list, we have three.

Top 100 golf courses MuirfieldGullane 3 and Craigielaw

A Top 200 in Scotland in Today’s Golfer also sees the wonderful, value for money and stunningly picturesque, Winterfield, as well as Royal Musselburgh and a further 16 Scotland’s Golf Coast courses. That’s 18 in total!!!

National Club Golfer has 13 of our courses in its Top 100 Courses in Scotland, including Longniddry, the Glen, Dunbar and Musselburgh. Not wanting to continue gloating, but Top 100 Courses has 15 of our courses in their list. We will happily shout it loud and proud, that’s 15. Gullane 3 and Craigielaw are the additions to National Club Golfer’s Top 100. Our newest member, Goswick, comes in at No.45 in NCG’s Top 100 Courses in England.

Top 100 courses goswickGolf Digest

It is understandable and fully justified that Muirfield is the highest ranked of our courses. 4th in GolfWeek’s Classic GB&Ire courses, 7th in Golf Digest’s World’s Best and 2nd in National Club Golfer’s Top 100 GB&Ire.

Golf Shake’s Top 100s are based on golfer reviews. There are 14 that appear in Golf Shake’s Scotland rankings, whilst in their Official Media Published rankings, five from East Lothian are in, including the ever-popular, Dunbar.

Top 100 golf courses DunbarGolf Magazine has Musselburgh Old at number 40 in the Best 9 Hole Courses in the World. And, finally, although not an official ranking, Bunkered has Gifford as one of the best 9 hole courses in Scotland – also shortlisted in this year’s Scottish Golf Tourism Awards – we’d whole-heartedly agree.

Scotland’s No.1 Golf Destination

We have added links to all the lists so you can browse at your leisure. We are proud of Scotland’s Golf Coast’s Top 100 success. Most importantly, we are proud of our hospitality and welcome. Golf in East Lothian means so much to our communities, spiritually, and financially. We look forward to browsing the rankings again next year, when we are sure there will be more to swing about.

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SCOTLAND’S GOLF COAST’S 12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS https://scotlandsgolfcoast.com/blog/the-12-days-of-scotlands-golf-coast-christmas/ Fri, 22 Dec 2023 07:09:27 +0000 https://scotlandsgolfcoast.com/?p=2876 OUR 12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS East Lothian is famous for its golf, and more. There is so much to do, it almost warrants two, or three trips per year. Our accommodation providers offer a range of accommodation from B&B’s to exclusive use, and resorts to luxury hotels. Whilst our 21 courses speak for themselves. Here are our 12 Days of...

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OUR 12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS

East Lothian is famous for its golf, and more. There is so much to do, it almost warrants two, or three trips per year. Our accommodation providers offer a range of accommodation from B&B’s to exclusive use, and resorts to luxury hotels. Whilst our 21 courses speak for themselves. Here are our 12 Days of Golf Christmas…

Scotland's Golf Coast Christmas

12 Greenkeepers Mowing

On the twelfth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me, No12 Hotel & Bistro in North Berwick. A comfortable bed and a home cooked meal. North Berwick is a fantastic harbour town to base yourself with the Marine Hotel, Seaholm B&B, Golf Lodge and North Berwick Holidays in town too. Not forgetting the East Links (the Glen), to accompany the world famous West Links (North Berwick).

On the eleventh day Christmas, my true love game to me, 22 Open Championships (well, double measures here) on Scotland’s Golf Coast, 16 at Muirfield and six at Musselburgh Old Links.Scotland's Golf Coast Christmas

10 PGA Pros Teaching

On the tenth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me, two Top 10 GB & Ireland courses, Muirfield and North Berwick West Links. The 30 rooms at the Lodge at Craigielaw have been open for 10 years. Meanwhile, Gilmerton House’s 10 deluxe bedrooms can be taken exclusively.

On the ninth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me, two 9-hole treats. The oldest golf course in the world, Musselburgh Old Links and Gifford, at the foot of the Lammermuir Hills.Scotland's Golf Coast Christmas

8 Seals Basking

On the eighth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me, the stunning 8th hole at Kilspindie. Look from the tee across Gosford Bay and the Forth to the Edinburgh skyline including Arthur’s Seat and the Forth Bridges beyond. Both the Farmhouse and Greive’s Cottage at Papple Steading sleep eight.Kilspindie 8thOn the seventh day of Christmas, my true love gave to me, seven Scottish Opens in the past nine years. The Rolex Series event returns to the Renaissance in 2024. Luffness New is not so new. The club was established in 1894 and is a par 70 of the most quintessential links golf.

6 Friends Playing

On the sixth day of Christmas, my true love sent to me, the sixth oldest golf club in the world, at Royal Musselburgh. A James Braid classic, it’s always fun to play this parkland classic. The six rooms at Garleton Lodge are comfort and luxury personified.

On the fifth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me, golf 365 days a year. Year-round golf at its finest. Shorts and a t-shirt in summer, to a woolly hat and thermals in winter, we’re here to welcome you. No par 5’s for men at Longniddry, but still plenty of challenging holes.

Four Calling Fore

On the fourth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me, stunning views of the Forth, from the North Sea in the east, to Edinburgh in the west. 21 courses for all budgets and abilities. Don’t forget the Dean, winner of Channel 4’s ‘Four in a Bed’.On the third day of Christmas my true love gave to me, three courses at Gullane. No’s 1, 2 and 3, all offering their own unique challenge and charm. The three properties at Winton Cottages also have their own character and style. Three-time Open winner, Henry Cotton played in the inaugural match at The Musselburgh Golf Club.

2 Perfect Birdies

On the second day of Christmas, my true love gave to me, two courses at Archerfield. The Dirleton and the Fidra offer sweeping fairways, menacing bunkers and a relaxed and friendly welcome. Two accommodations in Dunbar – the Dolphin and Dunmuir, to accompany two courses – Dunbar and Winterfield.

An Eagle In A Pine Tree

On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me, one Scotland’s Golf Coast. The No.1 golf destination in Scotland.

Merry Christmas! 🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄

 

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A VAST VARIETY OF ACCOMMODATION ON SCOTLAND’S GOLF COAST https://scotlandsgolfcoast.com/blog/amazing-sensational-accommodation/ Fri, 24 Nov 2023 15:59:38 +0000 https://scotlandsgolfcoast.com/?p=2857 AMAZING ACCOMMODATION ON SCOTLAND’S GOLF COAST If quizzed about Scotland’s Golf Coast, our golfers would use the adjectives ‘amazing’ and ‘sensational’. If we were asked to use two nouns, we would probably use ‘versatility’ and ‘variety’. Scotland’s Golf Coast’s strength is that there is something for everyone. Our accommodation providers perfectly demonstrate this with the two v’s. A golfing couple...

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AMAZING ACCOMMODATION ON SCOTLAND’S GOLF COAST

If quizzed about Scotland’s Golf Coast, our golfers would use the adjectives ‘amazing’ and ‘sensational’. If we were asked to use two nouns, we would probably use ‘versatility’ and ‘variety’. Scotland’s Golf Coast’s strength is that there is something for everyone. Our accommodation providers perfectly demonstrate this with the two v’s. A golfing couple or a group of friends, we can cater for your every need.

Marine North Berwick - amazing and sensational accommodation

Our accommodation comes in all shapes and sizes. Like our golf courses, some are big, some are small, some renowned, some hidden. One aspect they all have in common is ‘personality’. Personalities make Scottish golf and East Lothian is no exception. The warmth, pride, and passion our hospitality providers demonstrate is second to none so let’s embark on a whistle-stop tour of East Lothian’s finest.

Dunbar in the East

Starting in the east, the pretty harbour town of Dunbar has two golf courses – Winterfield and Dunbar – and two terrific properties. The Dunmuir Hotel is an award-winning, family-run hotel with the fantastic 1902 Bar & Grill as its focal point. Five minutes from each of the golf courses, it’s a similar distance to The Dolphin Inn. Termed a retro vintage styled hostel, there is a relaxed and accommodating feel. Family rooms, ensuites and a communal kitchen promote friendliness and conversation. The perfect environment to discuss your round.

Dolphin Inn - amazing and sensational accommodation

Views of the Bass Rock and beyond

Moving to East Lothian’s most famous town, North Berwick, you really are spoiled for choice with more amazing and sensational accommodation. Scotland’s Golf Coast is represented by five unique and special accommodations. The town is a microcosm of our offering, with venues for all. Seaholm B&B proudly sits overlooking the East Sands. The locally sourced breakfast will temporarily distract you from a view of the Bass Rock and the East Links of the Glen Golf Club.

Seaholm - amazing and sensational accommodation

No12 Hotel & Bistro is ‘in town’! A superbly central location, and, as the name suggests, the rooms are situated above a popular and welcoming restaurant. If you like to self-cater, then North Berwick Holidays is only a long iron from North Berwick Golf Club. The Tregarth and Kingarth can accommodate six to 10 respectively.

Popular North Berwick

On the outskirts of town, in a quiet and tranquil location (but still only five minutes to the High Street, the beach and the golf) is the North Berwick Golf Lodge B&B. Four beautifully furnished rooms make the Golf Lodge a home from home for couples, or smaller golf groups. Last, but by no means least in North Berwick is Marine & Lawn’s Marine North Berwick. The iconic ‘Grand Old Lady’ is resplendent alongside the West Links. Recently renovated, its new lease of life includes the wonderful Bass Rock Bar, where its eponymous Old Fashioned is to be treasured.

North Berwick Holidays - amazing and sensational accommodation

550 acres of luxury

Archerfield might represent the quintessential resort. Two links courses, a spa, and a selection of amazing and sensational accommodation. 550 acres include Pavilions, Lodges, and the spectacular Archerfield House which can welcome groups of 140. Speaking about resorts, the Lodge at Craigielaw has 30 spacious and bright rooms built with golfers in mind. A two-minute walk to the bar, restaurant, pro shop, putting green, driving range and 1st tee of its own links course shows the importance of golf.

Archerfield House - amazing and sensational accommodation

Central location for easy access

Garleton Lodge perches confidently above the region. The hot tub is like a crow’s nest, as you look north, south, east and west, spotting pretty much all of our 21 courses. Angela and David are supreme hosts and after a spa treatment, sumptuous meal and one of David’s many whiskies, you will literally sink into bed. A short drive from Garleton is Papple Steading. Another property that offers a selection of residences, the Farmhouse, Grieve’s Cottage and two bothies have been recently and lovingly refurbished. Sustainability is close to the owner’s heart and the woodland and wildflower meadows frame Papple beautifully.

Papple Steading - amazing and sensational accommodation

Closer to Edinburgh

Backing on to Longniddry Golf Club is The Dean. Caroline has gathered a fantastic collection of curios and antiques, which creates a fascinating environment. The three bedrooms are positively charming and breakfast in the atmospheric dining room ticks all the boxes.

Almost there, Winton Cottages have all been restored to former glories, whilst adding all you would expect from 4/5* self-catering properties. Winton Cottage is the former laird’s house, with Wintonhill conveniently offering its own bunker and chipping area. The Georgian mansion of Gilmerton House is our last stop. 1000 acres of stunning woodland and gardens are exclusively yours. The 10 elegant double rooms combine with the Lodge House to welcome 26 guests. A music room, formal dining, snooker room and a private chef are all on hand to make this one of the best group golf destinations.

Winton Cottages - amazing and sensational accommodation

21 courses, 14 accommodation providers

Amazing and sensational accommodation. Versatility and variety. Take your pick. Get in contact with one of our member properties. They will be delighted to talk golf; they will be pleased to help. We are Scotland’s No1 Golf Destination for a reason, and with 21 golf courses and 14 accommodation properties to choose from, that’s 35 reasons. A number also arrange their own Stay and Play packages, so browse the website for more information.

 

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21 COURSES ON SCOTLAND’S GOLF COAST https://scotlandsgolfcoast.com/blog/21-courses-on-scotlands-golf-coast/ Sun, 15 Oct 2023 05:51:57 +0000 https://scotlandsgolfcoast.com/?p=2840 BLACKJACK ON SCOTLAND’S GOLF COAST There is no gamble on Scotland’s Golf Coast. Scotland’s No.1 Golf Destination has 21 courses to suit all budgets and all abilities. Everyone wins! From bucket list to municipal, East Lothian deals an Ace and a King every time There are a few more aces up our sleeve too. The beauty of Scotland’s No.1 Golf...

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BLACKJACK ON SCOTLAND’S GOLF COAST

There is no gamble on Scotland’s Golf Coast. Scotland’s No.1 Golf Destination has 21 courses to suit all budgets and all abilities. Everyone wins! From bucket list to municipal, East Lothian deals an Ace and a King every time

21 courses Scotland's Golf Coast

There are a few more aces up our sleeve too. The beauty of Scotland’s No.1 Golf Destination is that all 21 courses are within 30 minutes of each other. To add to that, the centre of Edinburgh and its international airport are only 50 minutes from the furthest golf course.

The sun rises over the North Sea and sets behind the Forth bridges. Our whistle-stop tour will follow the sun. After all, East Lothian is the sunniest and driest region in Scotland

Dunbar in the East

Dunbar is a suitable place to start. With two courses, the town affords stunning views across the North Sea, a picturesque harbour and terrain ideal for links golf. Dunbar Golf Club’s narrow strip of land has welcomed golfers since 1856. Having holed out on the third, head through the stone wall onto the fourth tee. Narnia awaits, as the wardrobe door opens onto an expansive bay, the elements and all that makes coastal golf great.

A little further north is Winterfield. The dramatic and craggy cliffs offer a slightly more undulating round. This is represented perfectly by the first. Arguably the toughest opening hole on the coast, the 230-yard par 3, across a ravine, is not for the feint-hearted.21 courses Scotland's Golf Coast

Iconic North Berwick

Probably the most famous town in East Lothian is North Berwick. From the 12th century, the pilgrims heading to St Andrews settled in North Berwick before jumping on the ferry to Fife. Thanks to our 21 courses, North Berwick and East Lothian are now very much a mecca for golfers.

The West Links at North Berwick Golf Club has had much praise and focus in recent years. A unique experience, it offers all the idiosyncrasies of a layout designed centuries ago. Across the sands, the Glen has been crafted by golfing greats, Braid and Sayers. The iconic 13th, with its iconic Bass Rock backdrop, is enough to tempt anyone to East Lothian.North Berwick Scotland's Golf Coast

New and Old on the Coast

With the silhouette of Arthur’s Seat and Edinburgh Castle getting ever closer, the coast takes us to Archerfield. A new addition to the region, golf has been played on the land since the 16th century. The Dirleton and Fidra provide stern championship tests, with the clubhouse an oasis of luxury and calm. Archerfield House is a stately masterpiece perched overlooking the courses.

Nestling next door is the Home of the Scottish Open, the Renaissance. Rory McIlroy’s birdie, birdie finish to beat Bob MacIntyre in July is still fresh in the memory and the event will return for at least the next three years. The Renaissance has become a pre-Open test for the world’s best.

Before heading inland, the Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers and Muirfield, need no introduction. 18 holes of pure links, with Old Tom Morris and Harry Colt working their magic on a course which has held the Open 16 times. The uphill 13th, beautifully protected by bunkers and dunes, is an absolute masterclass of golf design.21 courses Scotland's Golf Coast

Scotland’s No.1 Golf Destination and Its Inland Courses 

The administrative centre of East Lothian is Haddington. There are three inland courses nearby, which perfectly demonstrate the versatility of Scotland’s Golf Coast. Gifford’s 9 holes are a complete contrast to their more famous links colleagues. The friendly and intimate clubhouse paves the way to a relaxed and fun 9 holes of golf in the shadow of the Lammermuir Hills.

Not far away are Castle Park and Haddington. Both popular parkland courses, they offer value for money and a pleasant variation to the region’s well-known championship courses.21 courses Scotland's Golf Coast

Gullane Hill and Its Four Courses

Back to the water, there are six courses within five minutes of each other in Gullane. Gullane has three of its own, numbers 1, 2 and 3. Meandering back and forth, in and around Gullane Hill, all three benefit from exceptional links turf, special views and the natural contours of the land. From accuracy and length on 1, creativity and patience on 2, to craft and guile on 3, it is hard to find a better 54-hole complex in the world.

Following historical events surrounding the land ownership of the land surrounding Gullane Hill, Luffness New was created in 1894. Old Tom Morris used the same land to design a quintessential links challenge, that has fairways needing accuracy, subtle movement on the greens and the need to understand the direction of the wind swirling from Gullane Hill and Aberlady Bay.Gullane

Aberlady Bay and Stone Walls

Crossing the Aberlady Bay Local Nature Reserve, we reach Kilspindie Golf Club. Born from Luffness Golf Club in 1867, 1899 saw the arrival of Kilspindie in its current location brilliantly hugging the coast for the first four holes. Hitting your stride early will put you in a nice position for the rest of your round. No matter how many shots, the atmospheric clubhouse awaits for a pint and some Cullen Skink.

Across the attractive and historic stone walls is Craigielaw. Sharing the same strip of land, Craigielaw is a relative newcomer. A Donald Steel design and host of the 2018 and 2019 Scottish Senior Open, the club has a 6-hole par 3 course and a 30-bedroom Lodge with views across to Fife.

With only four to go, the coast feeds round to the Longniddry Bends. A mix of links and inland holes, Longniddry is a firm favourite. Although another Harry Colt design, James Braid also had a hand in the current layout, aswell as playing in the inaugural match in 1921.21 courses Scotland's Golf Coast

James Braid and More History

Speaking of James Braid, the sixth oldest golf club in the world at Royal Musselburgh is just a short drive inland. With a clubhouse full of character, Royal Musselburgh is the home of the Old Club Cup dating back to 1774 – still the oldest trophy competitively played for in the world.

History is Musselburgh Links. The Old course dates to 1672, although evidence suggest that Mary Queen of Scots played here in 1567. The 9-hole course was one of the original Open venues and hosted the Open six times between 1874 and 1889. The Claret Jug and the diameter of the golf hole all stem from Musselburgh Links. Pick up some hickories and enjoy the links as it was originally played.

Finally, Musselburgh Golf Club is the closest of the 21 to Edinburgh. The James Braid influence is evident once again, with this popular parkland course hosting past Regional and Final Open Qualifying events.Royal Musselburgh Golf Club

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It’s quite a deck of golf courses and playing all 21 courses in Scotland’s No.1 Golf Destination will give you a well-deserved Full House. Even if you only manage a couple, we are sure that you will have cashed in your chips wisely. Don’t hedge your bets on any other golf destination, East Lothian is a winning hand.

 

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SCOTLAND’S GOLF COAST – ITINERARY 2 https://scotlandsgolfcoast.com/blog/scotlands-golf-coast-itinerary-2/ Sat, 14 Oct 2023 16:39:30 +0000 https://scotlandsgolfcoast.com/?p=2531 SCOTLAND’S GOLF COAST – ITINERARY 2 We know that organising a golf holiday can be time-consuming, awkward, and complicated. The choice of golf courses, when to play them, in what order, which accommodation, when are the deposits due, how do we get to the golf course, the list is endless. This is the second of three articles featuring our three Member...

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SCOTLAND’S GOLF COAST – ITINERARY 2

We know that organising a golf holiday can be time-consuming, awkward, and complicated. The choice of golf courses, when to play them, in what order, which accommodation, when are the deposits due, how do we get to the golf course, the list is endless. This is the second of three articles featuring our three Member accommodation providers who have taken away the hassle and saved you time by creating a selection of fantastic golf itineraries.

fantastic golf itineraries

Who is coming to Scotland’s Golf Coast?

A North American couple and their ’20 something’ daughters are heading to Scotland for the first time and want to finish their 14-night trip with golf, sightseeing and relaxation in a spa.  Dad and daughter #1 play golf, but mum and daughter #2 are keen to visit Edinburgh for some shopping, to see the sights and to be pampered. They love excellent food and fine wine, would like to explore Scotch malt whisky and want 5* comfort but with a personal touch.

Where to stay?

Garleton Lodge

fantastic golf itinerariesReasons for Garleton Lodge

  • Beautiful 5* suites & double/twin rooms
  • The Spa @ Garleton Lodge
  • Great base for golf
  • Easy access to/from Edinburgh
  • Fine dining plus excellent wine & whisky list
  • Golf packages offered & arranged
  • Owners Angela and David on-hand to provide that personal touch

Day 1

Having been in Scotland for 10 days, head to East Lothian to enjoy your final five days playing golf, visiting the capital and strolling in the countryside.

Garleton Lodge is perched beautifully overlooking Scotland’s Golf Coast offering spectacular 360 degree views across Edinburgh, the Firth of Forth and beyond to Fife.

The sun will rise to the east across the North Sea and it will remain on Garleton Lodge until it disappears over Edinburgh in the west.

After a day travelling from the north, it’s time to put your feet up, enjoy a spa treatment and relax in the hot tub before sampling the finest Scottish delights prepared lovingly by owner, Angela. The restaurant has been given the Visit Scotland Taste Our Best Award since opening.

Post-dinner, retire to the lounge for a well-deserved whisky. You will be expertly guided through the regions by David, a Keeper of the Quaich.

fantastic golf itinerariesDay 2

It’s going to be hard getting out of those comfortable Superkingsize beds, but after a breakfast of East Lothian’s finest local produce, it’s time to go your separate ways.

Taking advantage of the hire car, Mum and daughter #2 want to visit the Seabird Centre and jump on a boat trip to see the gannets on Bass Rock. Dad and daughter #1 will chase birdies at the Glen Golf Club, North Berwick.

Conveniently, you can all meet up post-activity for a stroll around the picturesque harbour town of North Berwick and sample the local fish ‘n’ chips, or one of the many restaurants and pubs in the town.

It’s back to Garleton Lodge for another sumptuous meal in the evening and to try one of the recommended Talisker malt whiskies from Skye.

fantastic golf itinerariesDay 3

It’s a day together. Angela and David have organised a transfer to the centre of Edinburgh for a full day visiting Edinburgh Castle, the Royal Yacht Britannia and the Royal Mile.

‘Downtown’ is only 30 minutes from Garleton Lodge and to avoid the traffic, the transfer will be extremely convenient.

A day is never enough, but a full day, with dinner in one of Edinburgh’s amazing restaurants, is a terrific way to explore the city in a short space of time and leave you wanting more.

With weary legs and one day left, those comfortable beds await, as the transfer whisks you back home.

fantastic golf itinerariesDay 4

The final full day in Scotland.

Dad and daughter #1 have saved themselves to play the 2015 and 2018 Scottish Open venue, Gullane 1. A 10-minute drive, they are dropped off early so they can benefit from the brilliant practice facilities.

Mum and daughter #2 are in search of history and a wee bit of gin, so head off in the direction of the 14thcentury, Tantallon Castle and the North Berwick Gin Distillery.

As with the majority of golf courses and sightseeing in East Lothian, history abounds. Willie Park Junior laid out Gullane 1, whilst William, 1st Earl of Douglas was responsible for the castle.

With 18 holes completed on Gullane’s tremendous links’ turf and a few goodies taken home from the distillery, Gullane’s Visitors’ Clubhouse offers the ideal setting to reflect on a great final day.

It’s an early start in the morning, so it’s back to Garleton Lodge to pack, the main course you’d not managed to sample the previous nights and a bottle of one of the finest Italian reds from David’s extensive wine list!

fantastic golf itinerariesDay 5

It’s only a 30-minute drive to Edinburgh airport, so returning the car and checking-in can’t be easier.

With 21 courses to play, the golfers are keen to return to Scotland’s Golf Coast. The non-golfers agree, as there is so much to do in such a small area and Edinburgh is just down the road.

Garleton Lodge has a range of fantastic golf packages and golf itineraries on offer, or contact them directly for a bespoke quote.

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WINTER GOLF ON SCOTLAND’S GOLF COAST https://scotlandsgolfcoast.com/blog/winter-value-for-money-golf/ Mon, 11 Sep 2023 09:56:37 +0000 https://scotlandsgolfcoast.com/?p=2784 VALUE FOR MONEY GOLF THIS WINTER On Scotland’s Golf Coast, whether it’s things to do, food, accommodation, or golf, we are proud of our variety. Of course, we are lucky to have several of the world’s most sought-after golf experiences. As a destination for bucket list courses, we certainly tick the boxes. However, the strength of our product comes in...

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VALUE FOR MONEY GOLF THIS WINTER

On Scotland’s Golf Coast, whether it’s things to do, food, accommodation, or golf, we are proud of our variety. Of course, we are lucky to have several of the world’s most sought-after golf experiences. As a destination for bucket list courses, we certainly tick the boxes. However, the strength of our product comes in the form of all 21 courses. The selection on Scotland’s Golf Coast is second to none, making East Lothian Scotland’s No.1 destination for value for money this Winter.

Scotland's Golf Coast Value for money winter golfWith the greatest concentration of Championship links golf courses in the world and many fun and affordable courses, anyone from a seasoned long-haul golfer to a midweek 36 holer can be accommodated.

As a result of the firm, sand-based links and the superbly draining inland courses, Winter is not a season to avoid. In fact, the November to March period in East Lothian is to be embraced. The courses are in good condition, the tee times more plentiful, and the pressure on the wallet is less. Here are some examples of how Scotland’s Golf Coast is Scotland’s best low season option.

Gullane No.3

Scotland's Golf Coast Gullane Value for money winter golfStarting at Gullane, they greedily have three 18 holes on show. No.1 has recently hosted the Scottish Open, whilst No.2 is its resplendent neighbour. Willie Park Jr’s No.3, meanwhile, asks for craft, guile, and finesse. The challenge is no less severe to its siblings, it is just slightly shorter. An ideal Winter three hours, where links’ shots can be honed, it’s only £40 midweek and £45 at the weekend.

Royal Musselburgh

Royal Musselburgh Scotland's Golf Coast Value for money winter golfDarting inland, we can head to Royal Musselburgh. James Braid has crafted 18 holes that reward great play but punish a wayward drive. The setting in amongst the trees is a pleasant contrast to the courses closer to the water. There is a little respite here from the vagaries of the Winter weather. £40 midweek and £50 weekend green fees make it an attractive proposition as an alternative to the coast.

Longniddry

Scotland's Golf Coast Longniddry Value for money winter golfMoving to Longniddry, the combination of links and inland holes offer a nice mix. The light as the sun sets behind Edinburgh is spectacular and the kite surfers off the coast always entertaining. At £40 midweek and £60 at the weekend, add Harry Colt’s classic to your off-season list.

Craigielaw

Scotland's Golf Coast Craigielaw Value for money winter golfA little further along the coast from Longniddry is Craigielaw. Positioned beautifully overlooking the Forth and across to Fife, the course has matured nicely over the past 20 years. A firm winter favourite because of its winter condition and the excellent practice facilities, Craigielaw is only £50 midweek and £60 at weekends. Don’t forget, the Lodge is on hand for those wishing to base themselves at the resort.

The Glen

Scotland's Golf Coast Glen Value for money winter golfThe iconic 12th hole on the Glen can be yours for only £50 during the week. There are the other 17 holes too, which benefit splendidly from the coastal location. The views across to the Bass Rock, Fife, and North Berwick are worth every penny. A post-round bacon roll, then a wander into town before dinner is an ideal East Lothian day.

Dunbar

Value for money winter golf Dunbar Scotland's Golf CoastLast, but by no means least, is Dunbar. This narrow strip of land hugging the east end of Scotland’s Golf Coast is as good as it gets year-round. Old Tom, Ben Sayers and James Braid have all played their part in its design. The greens hold up to all weather and consistently run smooth and the bounce on the links turf is reliable, or as unreliable (that’s its beauty) as can be. A warm welcome, a mug of coffee, and only £70 make Dunbar another excellent addition to your itinerary.

Stay & Play on Scotland’s Golf Coast

Scotland's Golf Coast Garleton It is possible to highlight many more of our 21, but the six above truly are amazing value for money. Whether it’s for one night, two nights or a week, it’s a shame not to take advantage of the relative calm and availability on Scotland’s Golf Coast.

Remember, there is no such thing as bad weather, so have a look at all our accommodation and golf options, including the Stay & Play packages, and we guarantee a first class golf trip. East Lothian really is Scotland’s No.1 destination for value for money Winter golf.

 

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2023 GENESIS SCOTTISH OPEN https://scotlandsgolfcoast.com/blog/2023-scottish-open/ Mon, 31 Jul 2023 18:14:42 +0000 https://scotlandsgolfcoast.com/?p=2752 2023 GENESIS SCOTTISH OPEN Earlier this month, the Genesis Scottish Open arrived on Scotland’s Golf Coast’s shores once again. The PGA/DP World Tour co-sanctioned, Rolex Series attracted another stellar line up with eight of the world’s top 10 teeing off at the Renaissance Club. 50 years of the Scottish Open Historically, the Scottish Open has slotted into the weekend prior...

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2023 GENESIS SCOTTISH OPEN

Earlier this month, the Genesis Scottish Open arrived on Scotland’s Golf Coast’s shores once again. The PGA/DP World Tour co-sanctioned, Rolex Series attracted another stellar line up with eight of the world’s top 10 teeing off at the Renaissance Club.

50 years of the Scottish Open

Historically, the Scottish Open has slotted into the weekend prior to the Open and what a curtain-raiser it was for the last Major of the year! The event has changed a bit over its 50 years but has now firmly settled into its ‘home’ at the Renaissance Club on Scotland’s Golf Coast. The inaugural Scottish Open event held at Downfield in Dundee had a prize fund of £10,000, slightly different to this year’s £9,000,000.Genesis Scottish Open

It was the fifth time in a row that the Renaissance has hosted the event and the Scottish Open will continue to be held here until at least 2026. The course has developed into a firm favourite with the players and is a magnificent links test. The second shots on 18 of both eventual winner, McIlroy and runner-up, MacIntyre, were testament to the links course. McIlroy’s low, drilled 2-iron into a stiff breeze was a thing of beauty. That’s not to belittle MacIntyre’s shot from the rough, which was also sensational.Genesis Scottish Open

Links’ Masterclass at the Genesis Scottish Open

It is important to focus a moment on Robert MacIntyre. With the support, and expectation of the record 72,500 partisan crowd, his closing round of 64 (joint best of the day) was very special. Apart from a blip on 16, five birdies and an eagle in 40mph gusting winds can only be achieved by a supremely talented golfer. Unfortunately for MacIntyre, Colin Montgomerie has another year as the Scottish Open’s only local victor, winning in Loch Lomond in 1999.Genesis Scottish Open

With all the recent pressures, McIlroy had the bit between his teeth though. It took something extra-special to knock the home crowds’ favourite off top spot and needing one birdie from his last two holes to make a play-off, McIlroy birdied both to win by a shot.

It must not be understated the value of the Scottish Open to the players. Financially, of course. Ryder Cup points, yes. Race to Dubai and FedEx, a given. It’s the challenge of the firm fairways, the bunkers, the wind, the unpredictability, that makes links golf so appealing.Genesis Scottish Open

Major Preparation

In 2020, Collin Morikawa attributed his Scottish Open week to his Open success at Royal St George’s seven days later. This year’s Open winner, Brian Harman, finished tied 10th at the Renaissance and only an over par final round took him out of the mix. In 2022, Xander Schauffele was victorious in East Lothian, and went on to finish tied 15th at St Andrews. Whilst, Cam Smith was tied 10th on Scotland’s Golf Coast and went on to win the 150th Open.The Renaissance Club. Credit: Getty

Links’ Value

We are lucky to have 21 courses on Scotland’s Golf Coast – the greatest concentration of Championship links courses in the world. Many are featured in the world’s best links course rankings. It’s important to highlight the variety in East Lothian though. On the one hand, North Berwick attracted tour pros in their droves during Scottish Open week. Take a trip 10 miles round the coast and you’ll find Winterfield. Their stretch of holes from 12 to 16 is something to behold and at £30 a round, it’s not only the view that is stunning. Inland too can offer a beautiful contrast. Royal Musselburgh, The Musselburgh and Gifford are always in prime condition and amazing value.

2024 and beyond

To finish our summary of the Scottish Open, we will leave you with the words of Rickie Fowler. “I always enjoy coming back to the Scottish Open, and particularly to this area, where I have great memories. It will be fun to tee it up in front of the Scottish fans again.” You are always welcome, Rickie – maybe next year you can repeat your 2015 win?Genesis Scottish Open

 

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US KIDS GOLF EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP https://scotlandsgolfcoast.com/blog/us-kids-golf-european-championship/ Thu, 08 Jun 2023 09:56:17 +0000 https://scotlandsgolfcoast.com/?p=2605 US KIDS GOLF EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP Last week (30th May to 2nd June 2023) saw the arrival of the US Kids Golf European Championship to East Lothian. This was the 14th European Championship, with over 500 5 to 18-year-olds from more than 50 countries teeing it up at Craigielaw, the Glen, Musselburgh, Royal Musselburgh, and Longniddry. Following an opening ceremony at...

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US KIDS GOLF EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP

Last week (30th May to 2nd June 2023) saw the arrival of the US Kids Golf European Championship to East Lothian. This was the 14th European Championship, with over 500 5 to 18-year-olds from more than 50 countries teeing it up at Craigielaw, the Glen, Musselburgh, Royal Musselburgh, and Longniddry. Following an opening ceremony at Gosford House, the golfers headed onto the course for three days of competition. 

Over 1800 events

The US Kids Golf Foundation began in 1996 with the sole aim to get more children playing golf. Their mission is “to help kids have fun learning the lifelong game of golf and encourage family interaction that builds lasting memories. There are now 1800 events worldwide, including 10 International Championships and the World Championship at Pinehurst.US Kids Golf Championship

Founded by Dan Van Horn, the Foundation not only organises tournaments, but also offers golf coach certification, owns a golf academy, helps kids find a coach, provides online courses, advises parents on kit to buy, sells equipment specifically designed for children and creates insightful podcasts.US Kids Golf

The Netflix ‘Short Game’ movie charts the journey of eight golfers heading to the US Kids Golf World Championship at Pinehurst in 2014. Produced by Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel, it’s a fascinating look at the competitive world of seven and eight year old golfers.

Scotland’s Golf Coast has become the home of the European Championship thanks to our warm welcome, the variety of golf course and our accommodation selection. The proximity to Edinburgh, Scotland’s capital helps with easy access from the international airport, together with sightseeing opportunities for the children and their families. The competitors are assured of a great night’s sleep and a heart breakfast before heading out onto the course.US Kids Golf

Welcoming back in 2024

It was a pleasure to welcome US Kids Golf back to Scotland’s Golf Coast. This week’s atmosphere is always a special one in East Lothian. To see so many budding golf champions test themselves on Scotland’s Golf Coast is as rewarding as welcoming the world’s best to our championship courses. Results can be found in the link. Winners from the UAE, Thailand, Denmark and the UK demonstrate the global nature of the event. We look forward to seeing everyone in 2024.

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