Although the five times Open Champion and master golf course architect James Braid was born within a short mashie shot of the golf course and learned to play his golf on Elie links it is one layout that he had no hand in developing.
There were many legal wrangles over the links in the 19th century and it took a ruling in the Court of Session in Edinburgh before a proper area for golf was marked out on the ancient links land on the north shore of the Firth of Forth. Today it is one of Scotlands most charming seaside courses and hugely popular with visitors who enjoy the quality of the crisp fairway turf and the keen traditional greens. A World War 11 submarine periscope is an unusual feature and used by the starters to make sure the first fairway, which rises over a hill, is clear for players to play their first tee shots.
Address: Elie KY9 1AS
Type of course: Links
Length: 6,273 yards
New developments: Refurbished Clubhouse
Catering: Full Bar, Restaurant, changing facilities
Club pro avail: Yes
Club shop avail: Yes
Date established: Unknown
Online booking avail: No
Opening Exceptions: Tee reserved for Members until 10 am each day