You may not associate golf with Edinburgh but Scotland’s capital has a good selection of quality courses with amazing views of the city and its surroundings. Some of the best local courses include:
East Lothian boasts 22 courses including Dunbar, North Berwick, Musselburgh, Gullane and The Open Championship course at Muirfield; a choice to suit golfers of all standards and tastes. East Lothian offers traditional links and classic inland golf courses, many steeped in history and complimented by modern, challenging courses. The region is easily accessed, located only 30 minutes east of Edinburgh. www.golfeastlothian.com
Musselburgh Golf Course is located just outside Edinburgh; 15 minutes from the Princes Streets Suites, it is a generous parkland course and measures 6,725 yards The course is generally flat with generous fairways and the clubhouse boasts a number of facilities including a resident chef. Mussleburgh Golf Course has previously hosted the Open Championships on six occasions. Visitors and societies are welcome throughout the week and weekend reservations can be made via the club secretary. For more information and booking details see:
The par 70, mature parkland golf course, set within the heart of the city. www.edinburghleisuregolf.co.uk/courses/
With Arthur's Seat as an attractive backdrop this nine hole parkland course is a beautifully prepared and forgiving course. www.edinburghleisuregolf.co.uk/courses/
Based on the site of the old Braids Number 2 courses, this 9 hole course is something of a hidden gem, and is perfect for all levels of golfer seeking a short but challenging course with some of the most breath taking views in the city. www.edinburghleisuregolf.co.uk/courses/
Views of Arthur's Seat and the historic Calton Hill monuments characterise this 18 hole par 67 course. www.edinburghleisuregolf.co.uk/courses/
Based on the south shores of the River Forth with commanding views over the Kingdom of Fifie and Cramond Island. www.edinburghleisuregolf.co.uk/courses/
Linlithgow is a short but challenging course, it combines long and difficult holes with short, but challenging ones. The course offers stunning views of Forth Valley, and measures 5,851 yards which is long enough but not too tiring. They have a welcoming clubhouse which provides hospitality before venturing out on to the course. The course is situated in Linlithgow just minutes from 40 minutes from the apartments. For more details see:
Braid Hills is a gem of a course with spectacular views of Edinburgh Castle and Arthur’s Seat. The native gorse is a strong feature of a pleasingly contoured course which Golf Monthly featured in its ‘Golfing Gems of Scotland’ - and rightly so. Some of the tee shots at Braid Hills are spectacular.
Founded in 1761, the Bruntsfield Links Golfing Society is the fourth oldest in the world. This attractive parkland course lies on the north-west outskirts of Edinburgh and has been a Regional Qualifying Venue for the Open Championship. Enjoy a challenging round with stunning views of the Firth of Forth.
This course was originally designed by three times Open Champion Willie Park and the course is on undulating parkland. It is a very good test of golf, with the Braid Burn winding throughout the course and coming into play on a good many of the holes.