Open Qualifiers tour

If you check in advance, you may be fortunate to play at the world's oldest club, The Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers. Muirfield has hosted the Open on many occasions and has been home to the club since it relocated in the late 19th century. Don't be too disappointed if you cannot play; the area boasts five stunning courses that have hosted the Open's Final Qualifying and many national championships. Each is a joy to play and makes the area one of the best in the world for links golf.

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Longniddry Golf Course

Designed by Harry Colt in 1921, this 18-hole, par 68 course is a pleasant mix of links and parkland. Four of the best golf architects have left their distinguished marks on the very special golf course.

A green at North Berwick Golf Club, East Lothian © David J Whyte

North Berwick Golf Club

This Open Qualifier is one of the best and most scenic links courses in Scotland. The course is sprinkled with top-notch holes and rewards strategy and guile rather than power hitting.

A green on the coastal Dunbar Golf Club, East Lothian © David J Whyte

Dunbar Golf Club

Fourteen consecutive holes run along a narrow strip of land by the Firth of Forth meaning a lengthy, testing exposure to the vagaries of seaside golf. An internal out of bounds wall at the 18th provides a final test at a truly outstanding course.

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Luffness New Golf Course

One of Scotland's great links courses is perhaps worth much more acclaim than it currently enjoys, Luffness New, a championship links adjacent to Gullane and Muirfield, is famous for its true greens.