Golfing trip in Edinburgh
You might not associate the historic city of Edinburgh with golfing, but it boasts several excellent choices. Many of which offer stunning views of the city and surrounding countryside as you play. I’ve been getting to grips with the game recently, so will look to make my way around all of these if possible… Some of the most popular courses are:
A real gem in the crown of this stunning city. Braid Hills offers amazing views of Edinburgh Castle and the imposing Arthur’s Seat. With two courses and its number one course being one of the most vertically challenging in Edinburgh, this is a place to tee off that simply can’t be missed. Not a particularly long course and surrounded by beautiful purple heather, it’s more about testing shots from one hilly ridge to the next than long play. The view from the 14th hole in particular is fantastic, thanks to its elevated position high above the city. While this course isn’t renowned for first class facilities, it’s simply a wonderful place in which to enjoy the game and the breathtaking views.
The fourth oldest golfing society in the world and located less than six miles from central Travelodge hotels in Edinburgh, Bruntsfield offers spectacular views over the Firth of Forth. Set in mature parklands, and with high standards that ensure its members and visitors enjoy a great game of golf no matter when they visit, Bruntsfield has been the venue for numerous championships, and in 2011 it was the Regional Qualifying Venue for the Open Championship. A historic course boasting top class facilities, high standards of service and a warm welcome.
Known as one of the most outstanding parkland courses in the Lothians, at 6525 yards, Duddingston is a real test of golfing skill. This historic golf course is built on the site of a former deer estate and adjoining the area in which Bonnie Prince Charlie, Charles Edward Stewart, kept his cavalry prior to the battle of Prestonpans. With a gently hilly landscape, this course offers a first class game and fantastic facilities, combining a mix of old and new that just adds to the beauty of the experience.
Outside the City
A little further afield are some truly fantastic golf courses, including Gullane which offers three championship links golf courses, affording spectacular views of the Firth of Forth and the surrounding countryside. The three courses are simply numbered rather than named to reflect their age. Number one has a long history of hosting International championship events, most recently this included hosting the Local Final Qualifying for The Open at Muirfield. Number two has been used for the Seniors Open Amateur as well as Open Championship Qualifiers. Lastly number three, the shortest of the courses, provides a challenge for golfers of every ability.
Gullane is renowned throughout the world for its golfing. The third hole on the number one course was voted one of the top 500 holes in the world, and the view from the 7th tee, which is the highest point on the course, is renowned the world over – it’s simply breathtaking! If you’re a fan of the sport staying in Edinburgh you simply can’t miss this fantastic course! The pretty village of Gullane with its windswept beach, pretty stone cottages, huge mansions and quaint shops and tea rooms is well worth a visit too.
If golf is your thing, a visit to Edinburgh and its surrounding areas should definitely be on your ‘to do’ list.Scott on Google+