Edinburgh — By Andy Hayes on March 4, 2010 at 6:42 pm
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The Best Golf Courses in Edinburgh

Golf is one of the biggest draws to Scotland – there are so many tour operators and options for having a great golfing experience.  After all, Scotland is the ‘birthplace of golf.’  You don’t have to go far, though, to enjoy a good game.  Here’s a few of the best golf courses in (and around) Edinburgh.

Mortonhall Golf Course

Mortonhall, opened in 1892, is the oldest active course in Edinburgh and considered one of the top courses in Scotland. It has fantastic views of North Berwick, Bass Rock and the sea shore, and the course itself feels a bit like a forest, with all of the gorgeous trees, from cherry to sycamore to pine and birch.  The lakes and ponds are dreamy; playing here will help you understand why Scotland is truly the perfect place to play a game of golf.

Learn more on the official website.

Bruntsfield Links

One of my personal favourites, this is the inner-city course just off of the Meadows.  Even if you don’t want to play, you should stop by the Golf Tavern – where you can go to get your clubs, by the way – as its the oldest golf clubhouse in the world.  Bruntsfield Links is the tourist option as it is not a serious golfer’s green, but it does have some great atmosphere, views, and deserves its place in our list.

Turnhouse Golf Course

Turnhouse Golf course might be near the airport, but it’s a world of its own.  It’s near the site of a major stone quarry and railway station that served as a busy stop when the Forth Rail Bridge opened.   A train with a saloon used to stop at the station for members to enjoy an afternoon refreshment.    The course offers quite a fair challenge for all handicaps of golfers, and don’t miss the 360-degree views from Lennie Hill.

Learn more on the official website.

Braid Hills Golf Course

As probably one of the most challenging golf courses in the city, beginners should not head for Braid Hills.  You might get distracted from the stunning views, but you need to focus: there are some tough shots, gorse bushes, and other obstacles to push your skills to the limit.  There are lots of great walks up here as well, and of course the nearby Observatory on neighbouring Blackford Hill.  If you want a great day out golfing, you won’t be sorry going here.

Learn more on the official website.

Craigentinny Golf Course

Craigentinny is a fantastic course to the northeast of the city, along the shoreline towards Leith.  From here you get a fantastic perspective on the city, especially Calton Hill and Arthur’s Seat.  The course itself is made up of a combination of short easy shots as well as a few difficult ones, and is a glorious place to be on a clear sunny day where it seems like you can see out to sea for miles and miles.

For more information, contact the Lochend Golf Club based at Craigentinny.

Princes Golf Course

Princes Golf Course is a small 9-hole course for beginners.  It’s on Braid Hill but don’t confuse it with the larger and more difficult course.   It still can provide a challenge, and you still get those amazing views.

Carrick Knowe Golf Course

One of the flatter courses in Edinburgh, Carrick Knowe still provides a challenge and an enjoyable game.  It opened back in 1905 as the Saughton Golf Club, and while a council course they do a wonderful job with making it an enjoyable backdrop.

Learn more by visiting the official website.

Photos by daveybot, Dougie Mathieson, the edinburgh blog

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