Craigielaw Golf Club

4.1176411765 4.1 stars from 5 (24)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 71
  • Length: 6601 yards
  • Layout

  • Craigielaw Golf Club, Aberlady, East Lothian, EH32 0PY Scotland
  • +44 (0) 1875 870800
  • +44 (0) 1875 870620
  • craigielawgolfclub.com
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Year built: 2001
Architect(s): Donald Steel (2001)
Type: Private
Style: Links
Golf Season: Year round

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes
Pull-carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes
Caddies: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes
Golf school / academy: Yes

Policies

Walking allowed: Yes

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
White 71 6601 yards N/A N/A
Blue 71 6043 yards N/A N/A
Red 71 5371 yards N/A N/A

Located on the southeastern coast near Edinburgh, Craigielaw Golf Club is in close proximity to the very links courses that inspired its own design, including Gullane and Muirfield. Opened in 2001, the course stands out as one of the newest courses in an area known for having some of the oldest golf courses in the world. Despite being much younger in comparison, Craigielaw G.C. manages to hold its own as one of the most challenging links golf courses in Scotland. The layout features interesting hole designs that will have golfers hitting both tee shots and approach shots over bunkers, stone walls, rough, and meandering streams. The wind, like on any links course, is also a tricky factor. The fourth is ranked as the toughest hole, and with good reason. This monster par 5 has a stone wall along the entire right side and treacherous rough on the left.

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 4.1 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 4.6 stars from 5
Value: 4.5 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.4 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.2 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.3 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.1 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 24 Reviews
5 stars:
10
4 stars:
11
3 stars:
1
2 stars:
2
1 stars:
0

recommend this course

22 out of 24 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Great for wildlife/ scenic views   Challenges include bunkers undulating greens  

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TRayfield's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  Don't know

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/18/2018
Previously played Walked Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Always enjoy playing Craigielaw. It's the best opportunity for your average golfer to get on to a links course in East Lothian as most are unattainable except for possibly Gullane. I know people who are critical of the domed greens but if that's not your bag then don't play it. I for one enjoy the challenge. The fairways , as for many links courses this year are dry, hard and fast but the greens are green and playing perfectly.

Pace of play was a bit slow today due to a group of overseas visitors playing a 4 ball in front of us after coming off a 20 hour flight but they took a break after the first 9 and pace picked up. Ultimately their opportunity to play a Scottish Links is limited and they are entitled to relish it.

My go to course when I need a Links fix at an affordable price


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Coke and play and eat"


Elmar7099546's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/26/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Great location with very friendly staff. We booked our Teetime with Golfnow.

The course was in good condition and so the very ondulated greens.

We enjoyed our round and also tried the restaurant and had a delicious lunch.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Craigielucky"


u9525489's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/27/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Lucky to have a bright wind free day. Temp pretty low 5-6 degrees but what do you expect in January? Full course open. No winter greens or fairway mats. Repair work ongoing on the course with some bunkers being worked on and GUR. Quite a long challenging course. Don't know if I'd enjoy the greens as much in July as they are tough and undulating and obviously quite a bit slower in January.Taking all thinks into account, this is a fine track which I would be happy to play again.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course



t508050054's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/19/2017
Previously played Walked Windy weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Light winds provided just enough challenge at Craigielaw. Large greens with undulations were testing. The greens ran smoothly though had a reasonable amount of grass on them so that they weren't especially quick. An excellent round.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Avoid this course, unless you get paid to play"


Ozziman's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/17/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Due to the very poor maintenance levels of tees, fairways and greens this course is to be avoided. More divots than I could imagine, greens terrible slow.

Course is short by nature, and if the white markers are placed at the blue tees, as they were when we played, it is WAY to short.

Total waist of time and money.

Nice guys in the shop and at the bar, but we came to play golf, not to drink beer.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I don't recommend this course


"Excellent links course"


AndyRM's avatar
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/11/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Despite playing mid March after much rain in Scotland course was in good condition (unlike many other courses). The course is well laid out. Some canavous bunkers protecting greens. Beautiful views. Whilst Maybe not cheap. Price compares favourably with courses a couple of miles along the coast which have the cache of the name but are not so different. Clubhouse has good bar and restaurant.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Top quality course, facilities and views"


u270053868's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/02/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Three of us played (2 10s and a 9 handicap) Craigielaw on a windy Thursday...the course is immaculate and we were set up for a fall when all of us birdied the first...only downhill from there..the course soon showed it's teeth with playing into or across the wind adding a huge challenge (which I failed!). Only one of us walked off with his pride intact. Course is beautiful, links golf with greens in great order for the time of year. Short game needs to be tight to score as greens are well protected, challenging to read and fast. Views across the bay into the firth of forth are stunning as well. Clubhouse is very plush with Changing rooms boasting saunas....and food is available...a gem of a course!!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Great challenge"


Leithtomelb's avatar
Age:  25-34
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/13/2017
First time playing

Reviewed on

Such a beautiful area to gaze at from all holes. Some tough holes compounded with the howling wind. I found the wind really hard to deal with but thats all part of the fun. Course was in great condition. Rough not too difficult to spot your ball in or get out off. Also had some cracking greens that test your reading abilities. I had some help from the wind on a few putts so I happy with that. All in all a fun and testing course for really good value and the pace of play and club house were all class


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Links as links should look like"


Dabko's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/02/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The feel of a scotch golf. Windy, breezy but nice. Scenery changes as tide is punching the sea back and forth later. But be aware of offering tee time later than 12:00 this part of the year. Dusk comes suddenly and doesn't let you finish your round if you're starting later than 12:25


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Super links course"


u978055534's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/11/2016
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This is simply a very good links course. No gimmicks just 18 good holes. Great set up off the course too. Thoroughly recommended.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Craigielaw 26/10/2016"


calsmith123's avatar
Age:  25-34
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/26/2016
Previously played Walked Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

Having played Craigielaw a few time before I was excited to play again. The course did not disappoint. Given we played at the tail end of October the course was in excellent condition.

The greens were running very true and although you can have some extremely difficult/exciting putts, if you get the right line you will challenge the hole.

Would highly recommend to anyone who is down in East Lothian and looking for a game - I doubt many other courses could rival the condition at this time of year.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Great course"


Mw222's avatar
Age:  25-34

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/26/2016
First time playing

Reviewed on

Really lucky with the weather this time of year and course was in fantastic condition, was like playing mid season! The course is a proper test with firm fairways and greens like upturned saucers, you really have to think about where you need to leave you tee shot if you are going to have any chance of holding the green. The greens are of differing sizes but hugely undulating so every time you 2 putt you should be pretty happy. If you are not playing with a local I would strongly recommend getting a course guide! As well as a great golf course they have the best practise area/club house out of any of the neighbouring clubs. Craigielaw is the newest course in the area so doesn't have the reputation of the likes of Gullane or North Berwick yet but having played all the other courses this really is a standout and I would thoroughly recommend a round if you want a proper links course


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Worthy links, although higher on playability than charm"


u000003399042's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/21/2016
Previously played Walked Played 18 holes Good weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This relatively new links is a tough challenge, especially when the wind is blowing, and it was. There are several holes that lack definition from the tee, which is normal for a links, but also a lot of raised greens, which isn't. The bunkers are exceptionally penal, yielding impossible shots on several occasions. Overall, a worthy course , but not as much fun as the Gullane courses, which, adding insult to injury, are visible from many of the holes

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Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Fantastic Winter Round"


William89's avatar
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/29/2016
First time playing Walked Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

Played this course in February - the course was in unbelievably good condition. I wouldn't have been disappointed if it was summer, let alone mid-winter after a spell of terrible weather. Enjoyable, fun course to play with fantastic views across the water. Good mix of holes, with challenging greens to attack!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Links course with good golf holes."


u000006134551's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  0-4

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/04/2015
First time playing Played with a group Walked Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Fun course to play but there are a few blind shots. Well placed bunkers.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Nice !!"


Jerome61's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/22/2015
First time playing

Reviewed on

A first for me to play a links . Challenging and windy . The environment is really nice until the sunset . Many members or clients from the lodge started to play a 9 at 4-5pm during summer . The mood when the sunset is lovely and you can see a hare crossing the fairway or waiting you finish your stroke .. yes . If you never play a links a real one Craigielaw is a good first experience - Stay at the lodge is also lovely , you can play a 6 at no cost and practice at a pro driving range . Really a good choice !


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Class act!"


Simon2773020's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/04/2014
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

If you ever want to find out how to run a golf facility properly, come and see these guys. I had a superb experience from arrival to departure. Quality staff both on and off course.<br/> One tiny gripe is with regard to tee navigation. Improved signposting to next tee would help. Also a diagram of the hole you're on at the tee would be good.<br/> I cannot wait for my next visit. Good job people!!!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Great views of fife from this course"


walternickerson's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/31/2014
First time playing Played as a single Walked Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

A sunny wind free golf round made this links style course fun would be a challenge in windy conditions. A flat course its a easy walk


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Craigielaw well worth it"


Karenano's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  20-24

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/30/2014
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I enjoyed playing Craiglielaw after having played: Gullane 2, North Berwick West Links, Glenn GC, Dunbar, Luffness, and Longniddry. This is such a special place for golf!

The pro shop staff couldn't have been any nicer and made sure that I would be comfortable and enjoy my round. He gave me specific directions so I wouldn't get lost as I crossed over areas on the course and marked my scorecard with a highlighter as to where the bathroom facilities were! LOL! That was very thoughtful. This is a newer clubhouse and course but blends in well with the area.

The course looks easy and straightforward but typical of a links course, it is not. I found it challenging, especially with some well-placed bunkers. The course was in excellent condition and the greens were a bit more challenging than some of the others in the area with lots more contours.

My only mistake was heading out without a full water bottle as I found no fountains on the course. Will definitely play there again.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Good Course"


Kevockgolf's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/21/2014
First time playing Played with a group Walked Played 18 holes Good weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Good golf course, well worth playing. Great scenery too.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



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