The capital city of Scotland, Edinburgh, is just 75 minutes from St. Andrews . The outskirts of Edinburgh to the east is known as East Lothian.
Here you will discover some of the worlds most historic links courses including Muirfield and North Berwick.
Including Muirfield ( perhaps the most coveted tee time in Scottish golf) on your tour, requires some meticulous planning. The good news is Links Golf Ireland can secure guaranteed times there. Its is important to note that the maximum handicap for Muirfield is 18 so perhaps this is the incentive you might need to sharpen the game before the trip.
There are many other amazing courses to consider for this Edinburgh focused trip and like most Scottish golf destinations it can be easily combined with another region;
There are several other hidden gems to consider and some of the above have multiple courses. Allow Links Golf Ireland do the planning and trip management on your behalf.
Arrive into Edinburgh (or Glasgow) Airport where you driver will be waiting or collect your rental car. Take the day to explore Edinburgh city or tour east through some of Scotland's finest neighbourhoods to the seaside town of North Berwick where you will base for the next 5 nights.
Formed in 1856 and tweaked along the way by none-other than Old Tom Morris, Ben Sayers and James Braid, this links course on a narrow strip of land is a lovely introduction to links golf in this region.
Starting with two holes that are more parkland before it turns onto the links terrain is indeed very welcoming. The names for the holes tell wonderful stories and be sure to ask about the 3rd "Jackson's Pennies".
Built in 2004, the large Archerfield estate, formerly used by the Ministry of Defence during the second World War, has become a premium members' club that offers select times to the public. Their two courses, the Fidra and Dirleton are both fantastic blends of links and heath-land where small touches on the course and service before and after golf are exceptional.
Designed by the gifted Tom Doak and opened in 2004, the Renaissance course is situated in 300 acres of pine forests and offers a welcome reprieve from the wind that plays trouble with its neighbours more directly located on the coast. The stretch 9 through 11 (with a little help from land acquired from the Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers in Muirfield), really make the round and connect the course to the coast. This is a modern classic and definitely worth the visit.
Records show golf has been played in this town as far back as 1650. There are three courses in the club and unusually for links courses in this region, there is a wonderful change of elevation here that offers superb vistas of the coast.
A host to Open Final Qualifying and Scottish Opens in the past this is a championship test. Don't forget to also visit the club's fascinating golf museum.
After golf today, change hotel into Edinburgh city and explore some more of this exceptional and historic city.
Considered to be one of the best courses in Britain and one of the fairest of the Open rota. Muirfield, home to the Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers, is a collection of exceptional holes.
Dating back to 1744, with design assistance from Old Tom Morris, Harry Colt & Tom Simpson, Muirfield has hosted 16 Opens and a Ryder Cup and is perfect finale to your Edinburgh based itinerary.
All good things must come to an end...unfortunately!
Time to begin the process for your next trip to the Britain, Ireland or beyond.
Due to a number of variables, the cost for this tour is flexible and will be determined once we create a customized tour proposal for your group.