In this first episode we dive straight into the heart of Scottish golf travel with our guest interview Allan Minto, the man behind Scotland’s Golf Coast talks through why inbound visitors should consider East Lothian as a golf destination in Scotland you have to visit.
Key takeaways from a visit to Muirfield and The Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers include the importance to plan ahead of your visit as visitor play is limited. Remarked on repeatedly is the championship course described as the finest links among the Open rota however it is the hospitality and the day experience which we discuss. Allan talks through some important points to consider including to remember to look out the shirt, tie, suit jacket combo and descend on the historical links for a game and experience like no other in Scotland.
Weekday round £195 Day including lunch £250. (Based on 2013 rates)
We talk of the comparisons that this old town has to St Andrews. A course that is described to be as beautiful as it is quirky and with some of the most memorable holes in any golfers Scottish itinerary.
Among it’s many memorable holes is the thirteenth, with a green that is protected only by a wall which guards the front right side. The fun aspect isn’t missed as Allan mentions the different shots that the old links demands from every golfer that tees it up at North Berwick Golf Club. A warm welcome and historic setting is waiting before and after a game at North Berwick Links.
Green Fees: Round weekday £90 Day, Weekday £120 & Round Weekend £95 (Based on 2013 rates).
Gullane No.1 Course
A tougher challenge awaits you here at The Open Championship qualifying venue round a hill, a volcanic plug making for some premium links. The most well known course of the three here at Gullane. The tee at number seven is branded by many as the best view in golf overlooking Muirfield and Edinburgh City. Gullane No.1 Green Fees Weekday £96, Weekend £131 (Based on 2013 rates)
Allan points out r that due to a strong membership and visitor number, availability can be limited so consider playing the No.2 course as a contingency. Noted as underrated and half the cost!
Golf is in abundance here on Scotland’s Golf Coast and Allan explains how a golfer visiting Scotland can really base him or herself in East Lothian.
Dunbar Golf Club – Built in 1856 this Scottish secret has been thrilling golfers time after time. The signature hole the twelfth curves itself round the edges of the North sea reminding everyone that this links isn’t to be missed. A notorious well weathered coastline allows for the course to be in great condition in early spring, perfect for an April itinerary. £65 for a weekday round. (Rates from 2013)
Longniddry Golf Club – We discuss our first non pure links course of the episode when the parkland/links hybrid is recommended by Allan. A course open to all level of golfer and perfect for those seeking a relaxed round on the par 68 track. The introduction of forward tees illustrates this and with it being a course with less golfers over the piece, availability will rarely be an issue. Weekday round £50 (Rates from 2013)
Glen Golf Club – Stated by Allan as perhaps the most picturesque course in the region which is no mean feat by all accounts! The course in the town of North Berwick has many of the holes within touching distance of East Lothian’s iconic image, Bass Rock. A really great links course which should rival the area’s championship courses on charm alone. Weekday round £49 (Rates from 2013)
High-end options include Greywalls Hotel & Chez Roux and the outstanding Macdonald Marine Hotel, North Berwick pictured.
Situated on the edge of North Berwick Golf Links and a hotel very much geared towards golfers.
A more affordable accommodation option within the heart of Scotland’s Golf Coast is Duck’s at Kilspindie House home to the now famous bar putting game and with a fantastic array of whisky. Those that enjoy a late night social this could be the place for you.
The Bed & Breakfast options Allan recommends are Seaholm near North Berwick. and Letham House in Haddington has a 5 star Visit Scotland award for outstanding service. This country property is a great option and only 15 minutes from any of the before mentioned courses in the region.
Scotland’s capital is 30 minutes drive meaning Edinburgh Airport is perfect for flying in or out of Scotland’s Golf Coast.