At the heart of the biggest golfing region in Scotland, Edinburgh has a perfect mix when it comes to courses, a whole host of top-class members’ clubs being complemented by some of the top municipal layouts in the country.
Choosing somwhere to start is always difficult but The Braids would certainly be on the top of many lists. One of the aforementioned municipal courses, it sits on a hill high above the city and enjoys some of the best views in the entire ‘Home of Golf’.
Home of the Dispatch Trophy, a long-running team tournament in the city. The Braids provides a great test of golf and don’t for one minute be fooled by its lack of length by comparison to most modern courses. The fairways are lined by gorse bushes so accuracy is the key, especially on the back nine.
Silverknowes, down by the River Forth, is another venue well worth a visit if you prefer to stick to the public courses, with Carrick Knowe, Craigentinny, Portobello and Princes the other venues on that particular menu.
Prestonfield, the course closest to the centre of the historic city, sits in the shadow of Arthur’s Seat, with Duddingston, another of Edinburgh’s top clubs, close by, as is Craigmillar Park, home of a 72-hole amateur tournament won by Nick Faldo at the start of his career.
In 1761, members of the Bruntsfield Links Golf Society played over a course in the shadow of Edinburgh Castle. These days, the course is out at Davidson’s Mains in the north west of the city, with its neighbour, Royal Burgess, another of the oldest golf clubs in the game.
Mortonhall, Turnhouse, Ravelston, Baberton and Liberton are other clubs within the city boundary while three others – Lothianburn, Swanston New and Torphin Hill – all sit at the foot of the Pentland Hills.
Add in some of the courses that are just a little bit out of Scotland’s Capital – the likes of Dalmahoy, Ratho Park, Broomieknowe, Glencorse and Kings Acre, for example – and you can see why Edinburgh is the perfect place for golf.
It is also the perfect base for anyone planning to play in East Lothian, the home of world-famous courses such as Muirfield, Gullane, Musselburgh, North Berwick and Dunbar.