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The county of East Lothian is rich in golfing heritage. It’s home to the Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers, based at majestic Muirfield; the ancient Open Championship venue of Old Musselburgh, the unique West Links at North Berwick and a host of championship-standard layouts along the coast such as Gullane number one, Luffness New, Archerfield […]
It’s easy to understand why Scotland’s inland golf courses are often overlooked by visiting groups considering the wealth of seaside links the country boasts. Sure, the varied climate might not always be conducive to ensuring that parkland courses are in pristine playing condition all year round, but between the end of April to the start […]
The first instance of a golfer teeing it up on the links at Montrose was documented in 1562 AD. The score was not recorded but the round can’t have been too bad – this gorgeous pocket of towering dunes and rolling turf on Scotland’s east coast has been in constant use ever since. The links […]
The man who designed Turnberry created another great Scottish links which deserves more recognition, says Alan Greenwood… It’s easy to understand why the Ailsa Course at Turnberry was named ‘The Best Golf Course in Britain and Ireland’ by a panel of experts at Golf World magazine last month. It’s a classic test in a stunning […]
This characterful course on Scotland’s north-east coast is a classic example of a true Scottish links, writes Raleigh Gowrie . . . Whilst Lossiemouth, on Scotland’s Moray Firth is commonly referred to as Scotland’s Royal Air Force base, there is something else that this quaint Highland town should be best known for – golf. The […]
Carnoustie was the first great golf course I played. My dad took me when I was 15 years old. The course in those days, it has to be said, did not make the strong first impression that it does now. The imposing hotel overlooking the 18th green had yet to be built. The outstanding modern […]
Western Gailes
A pure definition of links golf will undoubtedly refer to the need for the course to be laid out upon a narrow strip of land running adjacent to the sea. Geographically, this may be so, but the experience that comes with playing links golf is just as significant I feel. I’m looking for holes set […]