If you want to escape to the countryside on a visit to Scotland's busy central belt, head for the village of West Calder, around 14 miles west of Edinburgh.
Harburn is an ideal rural retreat, yet only a short distance from the M8 motorway. The course is moorland verging on parkland with a good variety of beech, oak and pine trees. Some may find it a bit short but it makes up for lack of length with some delightfully intricate tests. Many of the fairways slope either towards the gully and river, or the railway line that passes along the course's southern flank. The last four holes are perhaps the best, with the 15th an excellent par three onto a table-top green that is difficult to hold and can dispatch a ball 50 feet down a ravine and into the burn.