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  • A player tees off at the golf course at Dalmahoy Hotel and Country Club, West Lothian
    A player tees off at the golf course at Dalmahoy Hotel and Country Club, West Lothian
  • One of the greens, complete with bunkers at the coastal Dunbar Golf Club in East Lothian © David J Whyte linksland.com
    Dunbar Golf Club, East Lothian © David J Whyte linksland.com
  • Looking across the 18th green and to the houses beyond at Gullane No 1 Golf Course in East Lothian © David J Whyte linksland.com
    The 18th hole at Gullane No 1 Golf Course, East Lothian © David J Whyte linksland.com
  • Muirfield 10th © Linksland
    Muirfield 10th © Linksland

Edinburgh & The Lothians leaves you spoilt for choice when it comes to golf, with an amazing selection of courses that allow you to make the most of the natural contours of the land while enjoying some testing holes at the same time

The city of Edinburgh has a good selection of quality courses with amazing views of the cityscape and surrounding hills. Braid Hills is a testing hill-top course from which you can see Edinburgh Castle, Arthur’s Seat and on to the Pentland Hills and the Firth of Forth. It was designed by three times Open champion Bob Ferguson and Peter McEwan, a 19th century clubmaker from Musselburgh. Founded in 1761, Bruntsfield Links Golfing Society on the outskirts of Edinburgh is the fourth oldest in the world. This attractive parkland course offers a challenging game and has been a Regional Qualifying Venue for the Open.

East Lothian is blessed with a wide array of stunning and historic golf courses. Muirfield, which was the venue for The Open Championship in 2013, is just one of the many great golf courses on 'Scotland's Golf Coast'. Gullane boasts three fantastic golf courses, Musselburgh has a long association with the game of golf and Archerfield Links Golf Club has two outstanding 18-hole courses: the Dirleton Links and the Fidra Links. The excellent links at Craigielaw Golf Club is home to the long established and internationally known Eric Grandison Golf School. For more information on playing in the area, check out some inspiring golf itineraries, and make savings with the East Lothian Golf Pass.

West Lothian also has a rich golfing heritage. Treat yourself to a stay at the luxurious Dalmahoy Hotel and Country Club, and play the fantastic East and West courses. Further west you will find Linlithgow Golf Course, a championship standard parkland course which has stunning views over the Forth Estuary.

Midlothian has a wealth of golfing delights within easy reach of Scotland’s capital city, Edinburgh. Just 6 miles to the southeast of the city is the mature parkland course at Broomieknowe Golf Course. This superb easy walking course sits on an elevated height and affords superb views of the surrounding countryside. Midlothian is also home to the well established and picturesque parkland course at Glencourse Golf Club, which has a number of challenging holes to keep you on your toes.

Wherever you choose to play, keep a look out for the Golfers Welcome scheme, which accredits accommodation providers that offer dedicated golf facilities like secure club storage, weather updates and details of local golf suppliers.

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  1. Whitehill House Golf Course

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    Rosewell

  2. Vogrie Golf Course

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    Pathhead

    9 holes, 5060 yards, (18), par/SSS 33Nine-hole golf course set within Vogrie Country Park.

  3. Linlithgow Golf Club

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    Linlithgow

    Linlithgow is a short but challenging course. The course combines long and difficult holes with short, but challenging ones providing interest for all levels of golfer.

  4. Haddington Golf Course

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    Haddington

    Haddington boasts a mature parkland course of a testing 6335 yards set within the boundaries of a former Country Estate.

  5. Muirfield Golf Course

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    Gullane

    Many of the worlds greatest players believe that Muirfield near Edinburgh is the fairest examination of championship golf among all the great and historic course of the British Isles.

  6. Royal Burgess Golf Course

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    Edinburgh Airport

    The Royal Burgess Golfing Society of Edinburgh traces its origins back into the eighteenth century with the first publicly recorded explicit reference to its existence in 1735 appearing in the Edinburgh Almanac.

  7. Gogarburn Golf Course

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    Edinburgh Airport

    Parkland, 12 holes, 3,030 yards, SSS 64, Par 43

  8. Glencorse Golf Course

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    Penicuik

    Just nine miles south of Edinburgh on the Peebles Road, Glencorse is a well-established, picturesque parkland course with a number of neat little challenges that will keep you on your toes throughout your round.

  9. Kilspindie Golf Club

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    Aberlady

    It may not be the longest links course in Scotland but nonetheless it presents a tough enough challenge, especially when the wind kicks up along the Firth of Forth.

  10. Kings Acre Golf Course

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    Bonnyrigg

    Beautiful, 18 hole, par 70, pay and play parkland course, set in picturesque countryside close to Edinburgh city bypass, 15 minutes from Edinburgh Airport.

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