With more than 500 years of golfing history, the country practically invented the modern game of golf, designed, built the first courses and coined virtually every golfing term you can think of, from putt to tee and caddie to links. No matter how high your golf handicap is, teeing off in bonnie Scotland is a rite of passage for faiway lovers. With more than 500 courses throughout the country, there’s no shortage of challenging and beautiful courses to beat.
With more than 20 courses in Edinburgh, visitors to the city can choose a different course to play every day of their stay. Golf courses in Edinburgh include courses minutes from the city centre with views of the castle as well as coastal links just outside the city. Stunning views, incomparable history and unique course challenges makes Edinburgh one of the greatest cities in the world for golfers. Here’s our pick of Edinburgh golf courses for city visitors:
Bruntsfield Links – for prestigious pars
Just 3 miles from the city centre, Bruntsfield is one of the oldest courses in the world with a golf heritage dating back to 1761. Establishing the quality of the course, it was recently chosen as a Qualifying Venue for the Open Championship. A million-pound redevelopment last year has re-positioned and improved bunkers, added a signature 16th hole and brought the course back to a Par 71.
https://www.bruntsfieldlinks.co.uk – Official Site
Duddingston Golf Club – for beautiful parklands
10 minutes from Edinburgh Old Town with views across of Holyrood Park, Duddingston Golf Club is set next to the winding Braid Burn stream in gently undulating Scottish parklands. Look out for the course’s feature hole known as “Temple” because of the relics of a monument standing near the flag. If you have a poor game, blame the views, they’re that distracting.
http://www.duddingstongolfclub.co.uk/ - Official Site
Musselburgh Links – for a taste of history
Playing 9 holes at Musselburgh is to experience a piece of golfing history. Until recently, Musselburgh claimed the title of world’s oldest golf course with a storied past that includes games played by Mary, Queen of Scots in the 1500’s and the hosting of the ‘Open’ six times between 1874 and 1889. To truly embrace the history of the course, you can hire hickory clubs for an ‘authentic’ golfing experience.
http://www.musselburgholdlinks.co.uk – Official Site
Prestonfield Golf Club – for city central golfing
For a golf day in the city centre, Prestonfield is less than 2 miles from Edinburgh’s Old Town. Laid out at the foot of Arthur’s Seat hillside, the course is a relatively young 98 years old. The James Braid design navigates through pretty parkland with enough tricky tees to keep most skill levels challenged. St Leonard’s, the course’s 17th hole is one of the tougher shots for first time course visitors to be aware of.
http://www.prestonfieldgolf.co.uk/ - Official Site
2018 Scottish Open
From July 11-15 the stunning Gullane Golf Club is the home for the 36th staging of Scotland’s national open. The Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open sees four days of the world’s best golfers battle it out on some of the world’s most beautiful and challenging links. This Edinburgh golf experience has something on offer for the whole family, with live music, food and drink, and of course, golf. The club is 45-minute coastal drive from Edinburgh city centre.
Edinburgh Golf Accommodation
Ideally situated in the heart of the city is the Holyrood ApartHOTEL Edinburgh. Perfect for a weekend golf break in the city or for visitors to the Open. The hotel is less than 20 minutes’ drive from some of the world’s top rated and most historic courses and just 40 minutes’ drive from Gullane. The modern and fully equipped serviced apartments at Holyrood ApartHOTEL ensure more freedom than a traditional hotel experience, so you can enjoy tee-time when it suits you.