Musselburgh Links, The Old Golf Course

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About

Holes 9
Par 34
Length 2968
Slope 0
Rating 0.0
Type Public
Royal rumor has it that Mary, Queen of Scots, played at Musselbergh Links in 1567. The old links on the world's "oldest playing golf course" originally featured seven holes. An eighth came in 1838, and the full nine became playable in 1870. A piece of history remains near the green on the fourth hole, where Mrs. Forman's Inn still stands; the joint used to offer a wall hatch for early golfers to buy their refreshments from. Tee-off at Musselbergh Links on the Short Hole - the 146-yard par-3, where, once upon a time, the green sat atop a plateau and accurate shots were needed to reach the putting area. There's no longer anywhere to rinse off on No. 7, the Bathing Coach, but the par-5 476-yard hole is the course's longest. Finish off at the 366-yard par-4 ninth hole, where the name, the Gas, refers to a gasworks that no longer sits behind the green. At this point, you can backtrack to Mrs Forman's Inn, where you can still refuel.
Tee Par Length Rating Slope
White 34 2968 yards
Red (W) 36 2665 yards
Yellow 34 2638 yards

Course Details

Year Built 1774
Golf Season Year round

Rentals/Services

Clubs Yes
Pull-carts Yes

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Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted Visa, Mastercard, Maestro, Delta
Walking Allowed Yes

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Walk back in time on the Musselburgh Links

I can't really call a scruffy nine-holer a four-star course, but to some diehard golfers - especially history buffs like me - it's a five-star golf experience to play the oldest course in the world still in existence with a set of hickory clubs rented from the pro shop. I did exactly that in 2013 on my first trip to Scotland.

Most of the holes sit inside the Musselburgh Race Track right in the heart of town. This setting causes some weird moments - cars passing by, shots over and around the track and its railings, etc. - although there's still an endearing charm about the place.

The first hole might be the best on the course and the second hole is where all the billboards detailing major moments in the history of golf are located.

The best part of it all? You can play an Open Championship venue - it hosted on six occasions between 1874 and 1889 - without breaking the bank.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
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