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4.6
53 Reviews (53)
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Conditions
4.5
Value
4.8
Layout
4.4
Friendliness
4.8
Pace
4.4
Amenities
4.5
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5.0
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4.8
Value
5.0
Layout
4.9
Pace
4.6
Amenities
4.8
StaffFriendliness
4.9
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4.8
11 Reviews (11)
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Conditions
4.6
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4.9
Layout
4.6
Pace
4.5
Amenities
4.6
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4.8
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About

Holes 18
Type Private
Style Parkland
Par 70
Length 6254 yards
Slope N/A
Rating N/A

Royal Musselburgh Golf Club sits at the tip of the renowned span of golf fcourses along the East Lothian coast, and offers picture-perfect parkland play, making it a must-visit. Royal Musselburgh holds the honor of being the world's fifth-oldest, having started as the nine-hole links course, Musselburgh Levenhall. The Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers, Royal Burgess Golfing Society and Bruntsfield Golf Club have all golfed there.

Royal Musselbergh Golf Club's 349-yard par-4 first hole hides two fairway bunkers to the right. The 477-yard par-5 ninth requires three-shot play when fighting wind: The closer you get to the green after two strokes, the more difficult the pitch. Close down on the 410-yard par-4 18th, where it behooves golfers to carry a big stick, as going right off the tee, rather than carrying the drive to just in front of the green, is a major folly. Non members may pay to use the restaurant and bar, become social members, and get affordable course fare, as well as the chance to attend special events such as dances, buffets, and whisky tastings.

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Course Details

Year Built 1926
Golf Season Year round
Architect James Braid (1926) Fred G. Hawtree (1926) John Henry Taylor (1926)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes
Pull-carts Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Caddies Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Metal Spikes Allowed No
Walking Allowed Yes
Dress code Smart casual dress may be worn at all times.

Available Facilities

Clubhouse

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4.6
53 Reviews (53)
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Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Royal Musselburgh experience

Great value for money, a nice friendly welcome from the staff. Clear instruction on where the first tee is. The course conditions were perfect and would highly recommend to friends and family to play. Will definitely be back playing at Royal Musselburgh again.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Brilliant layout, well worth a visit

Was impressed by the layout of the course, greens and fairways excellent, tees and surroundings okay, lack of sand boxes due to Covid and folk not replacing divots spoiling a course otherwise excellent. Pro was very helpful, even got an earlier tee time as the course was fairly quiet. We went round in 3 hrs off the white tees. We will return and certainly recommend.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Walked
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 5
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played

Excellent condition

I’ve played here a number of times now and have to say never been disappointed with the condition of the course. The ground staff really do take good care of every part. There are also some new tee off areas which once finished will add new challenges to what is a challenging course but a really enjoyable one to play.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Great course

Fantastic course friendly staff conditions of the course brilliant will definitely visit again

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Poor weather but good golf

Really warm welcome from the pro, set us up for the round. Weather gods against us but still played through it! Course was in great condition, very open and forgiving with a wayward drive! Couple of birdies and pars quickly forgot the elements! Good course will definitely return in warmer dryer weather

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Walked

Pleasant day out

I chose Royal Musselbrugh as a course en route to Fife where I was staying for a few days. The course was easy walking, a nice layout and in good contidion. Lift , clean and place was only needed a few time as the drainage was good on the day. If I was in the area again I would play it.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Difficulty Fairly Easy
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Royal Musselburgh Course Playing conditions

Course was in lovely condition, and play was at a good pace, we didnt feel rushed at any time. Parkland and challenging approaches to some greens. A lovely setting. Id recommend it.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Walked

Very enjoyable round.

Played on a busy day through Golf Now. Pro Shop staff very friendly and helpful. Shop is well stocked.
Course was in excellent condition. Although I was playing alone the pace of play ahead of me from groups of 2,3 and 4 was very acceptable. Greens were very good. I did not use the catering but the clubhouse is stunning. A grand mansion house.
Overall a very enjoyable day. Highly recommended

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Lovely Parkland course.

The course was presented in first class condition with a lovely texture to the greens. The exception being the 9th green. A course I would recommend highly made even better as the value for money was first class.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Short but a good challenge

The welcome at the pro shop was very friendly. One of our group had arranged to hire a set of clubs and they were all great quality clubs in a good quality carry bag.
The course was short, but with some dog leg holes it wasn’t any easier for the big hitter.
Pace of play was very good.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Walked

Wide open course

This was a fairly easy, wide open course, and no problems walking the course. The pace of play was great, greens were good, bunkers were hard sand/dirt. This is not really a links course if that is what you are looking for but was nice none the less.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Difficulty Fairly Easy
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Short but a good challenge

A fantastic little course. Some challenging holes in lovely parkland surroundings.
We got a great welcome from the pro on arrival.
One of our group was from out of town and needed to hire clubs for his round. At £25 I thought it was a little steep but they were top quality clubs.
We will definitely play here again.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Beginner
Plays Twice a year
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Well maintained

The course is well maintained, reasonable layout with trees creating most of the challenge. The bunker sand is a bit hard, making it difficult to get under the ball. The greens and the tees are a bit tool closer together, we were stuck behind a 4 ball and had to be wait on them teeing off to play onto the green whilst worrying about getting hit by their stray tee shots. A 10 years gap between the tees and greens would be a good improvement.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Fantastic welcome

Excellent first impressions - parking in the club car park; no weed infested swamp for visitors, and a comprehensive welcome from the young professional - he actually used the word ‘welcome ‘!
Course lush and well maintained. Greens decently paced and true. We speculated a society had been through earlier; the number of unrepaired pitch marks was staggering and the greenkeeper must have been tearing his or her hair out in frustration.
Great welcome in the comfortable, historic and reasonably priced bar.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 8
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Walked

Dangerous Layout

Decided to play this course after reading reviews but although the course was in pretty good condition the greens were not running quite true and there is clearly an issue with players not repairing their pitch marks. Some of the bunkers were a bit devoid of depth of sand.
But of greater concern is the course layout, having almost been hit with balls on two occasions we were seriously concerned by the proximity of tees and greens, and some hole layouts in our view unsafe. To sandwich a tee between two smallish greens in our view was an accident waiting to happen. There is also another location where the next tee is directly adjacent to a small green with an approach over a gully. Players avoiding the gully will be aiming virtually at the back of the tee which is unprotected., You need to have 4 sets of eyes playing this course and this was on a virtually windless day. With a wind I would be wearing a hard hat!
The pace of play was horrendously slow. The course is only 5880 of the yellows and it may be that is part of the problem as some par 4s just around the 320 yards are in reach of us with a long drive. Thus waiting backed up at par 4s and 3s. 4 hours and 20minutes was a long time.
Overall nice walk in the sunshine but won't be back owing to the safety issues.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Poor
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Poor
Amenities Good
Difficulty Fairly Easy
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
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