Articles, photo galleries, course reviews and trip tips for this location.
Photo gallery: Craigielaw Golf Club in East Lothian challenges with crowned greens, steep pot bunkers
Located in East Lothian, Craigielaw Golf Club is one of Scotland's newer links courses, opened in 2001. It's next door to historic Kilspindie Golf Club, which sits right on the sea. Craigielaw plays farther inland but is still links style, and the Firth of Forth is always in view.
Located in Scotland's historic and golf-rich East Lothian region just east of Edinburgh, Longniddry Golf Club can get a little lost in the shuffle. Established in 1921, the golf course is an 18-hole, par 68 mix of parkland and more open, links-style holes overlooking the Firth of Forth. For it's shorter distance, it's a pretty demanding test of golf as a result of it's H.S. Colt and James Braid design, with more alterations coming later at the hands of Donald Steele.
Too many golfers visiting Scotland chase a pipedream of playing all the great links -- St. Andrews, Muirfield, Turnberry, etc. -- in one trip. It's better to pick one region to stay a while. "Scotland's Golf Coast" along the southern shores of the Firth of Forth will charm and delight any golf group. There are 22 courses within close proximity to one another, providing convenience and variety. All of the links are easily found by following the coast roads from Musselburgh to Dunbar.
Blame the haggis and the British influence for the bad rap bestowed upon the food in Scotland. Meals served on a golf trip to the "Home of Golf" don't have to be bland like the grey skies outside. Bright spots can be found in certain kitchens and dining rooms, just as the sun occasionally shines upon a seaside links.
Muirfield, the treasured links that anchors Scotland's Golf Coast, will host the Open Championship for the 16th time in July. The 7,209-yard course has been lengthened by roughly 158 yards since the 2002 Open, which was won by Ernie Els. Widely regarded as the fairest of the nine courses in the rota, the mostly flat fairways don't punish good shots with bad bounces like some links.
Play the oldest course in the world: Musselburgh Links, The Old Golf Course in East Lothian, Scotland
Musselburgh Links, The Old Golf Course in East Lothian, Scotland is touted as the oldest golf course in the world. Its 2,954 yards are no match for modern golf balls and titanium drivers, but imagine playing this par-34 layout with a feathery ball and a brassie club.
East Lothian Golf Courses