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Golf in East Lothian

East Lothian is a county in Scotland and lies south of the Firth of Forth in the eastern central Lowlands of Scotland. The city of Edinburgh borders East Lothian and the county was also known as Haddingtonshire. East Lothian is predominantly rural and has 40 miles (64 km) of coastline. There are several small islands off the coast north of North Berwick, the largest of these being Fidra, Lamb, Craigleith and Bass Rock. East Lothian is great if you love links golf. It is home to the largest concentration of links courses in the world!

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Golf in East Lothian
Musselburgh Links, The Old Golf Course in Musselburgh, is generally accepted as being one of the oldest golf courses in the world and the oldest golf club in East Lothian. Probably the best-known course in East Lothian is Muirfield Golf Club, which hosted The Open 16 times. If you want to play Muirfield, it's wise to secure your tee time well in advance. When visiting East Lothian on a golf break, the following courses should be on your list: Muirfield Golf Club, North Berwick Golf Club, Gullane Golf Club, Dunbar Golf Club and The Renaissance Club. The highest concentration of highly rated golf clubs are located north-west of Edingburgh, from Musselburgh all the way up to Dunbar. With over 40 miles of stunning coastline, golden beaches, rolling countryside, award-winning attractions, excellent food & drink and the world’s finest links golf courses, East Lothian offers the best of Scotland! And the best thing is, it’s only minutes away from Edinburgh. The best way to travel to East Lothian is to fly to Edinburgh Airport. East Lothian is just 30 minutes away.

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FatimaGCarrilesEmerald
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Played on: 3 March 2018 Review date: 4 March 2018Handicap: 0
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The Renaissance Club
Es un campo muy restringido, únicamente para socios. Definitivamente, recomendable. A pesar de la nieve, (en febrero de 2018), primera vez que nieva en Escocia en casi 7 años, y desde luego una de mas mayores nevadas de la historia de East Lothian, pude andar este maravilloso campo, acompañada de Malcolm Duck, dueño de Ducks Inn -un restaurante con habitaciones ideales …
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ukgolfguy
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Played on: 8 March 2020 Review date: 10 June 2020Handicap: 12
North Berwick Golf Club
In recent years the West Link at North Berwick has gone from being a rather niche 'gem' selection to one of the most revered courses in the world. I recently asked some of the games' best known figures to name their favourite courses in the world and North Berwick was second, only behind Cypress Point. The one word they all used to describe this course is 'fun' and I'm …
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The Renaissance Club
Stunning half links half parkland built in 2008 and designed by Toam Doak. The course is proud to be host of Scottish Open (2019) Ladies Scottish Open (2019) Scottish Senior Open (2017). AND! THIS WEEK we are competing at the Ladies Scottish Open 2020. Location: 45 min away from Edinburgh. Easy road to drive on the right side for foreigners. Accommodation: Highly …
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Played on: 26 July 2018 Review date: 13 October 2018Handicap:
Gullane Golf Club
Very enjoyable and scorable Links course. Generous off the tee and big greens. Lovely little town.
FAQ's about golf in East Lothian
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What is the best golf course in East Lothian?
Muirfield Golf Club is the best golf course in East Lothian. Out of 18 golf courses in East Lothian, the rating 9.3 of Muirfield Golf Club is the highest. Click here to view the 10 best golf courses in East Lothian
Is East Lothian good for golf?
A 10.0 rating indicates East Lothian is outstanding as a golf destination. This rating is based on several elements, like the average rating of golf clubs within this destination and the density of above-average golf clubs.
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