Musselburgh Links, The Old Golf Course

3.0000000000 3.0 stars from 5 (1)
  • Holes: 9
  • Par: 34
  • Length: 2968 yards

  • Musselburgh Links, The Old Golf Course, Balcarres Road, Musselburgh, EH21 7SB
  • +44 (0) 131 6535122
  • +44 (0) 131 6655438

Year built: 1774
Type: Public
Style: Links
Golf Season: Year round


Pull-carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes


Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes


Walking allowed: Yes
Credit cards accepted: Visa, Mastercard, Maestro, Delta


Tee Par Length Rating Slope
White 34 2968 yards N/A N/A
Red (W) 36 2665 yards N/A N/A
Yellow 34 2638 yards N/A N/A

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 3.0 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 3.0 stars from 5
Value: 4.0 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.0 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.0 stars from 5
Course Layout: 3.0 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 3.0 stars from 5
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Type of Golfer

"Walk back in time on the Musselburgh Links"

JasonDeeganGA's avatar
Golf Advisor
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/01/2016
First time playing Walked Played 9 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

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.

Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging

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