Royal Burgess Golfing Society of Edinburgh
The Royal Burgess Golfing Society of Edinburgh originated in 1735, founded by the merchants, writers, bankers and others who helped forge modern golf. They golfed the Bruntsfield Links and drank ale in the Golf Tavern, and no golf trip to Edinburgh would be complete without following in their footsteps whenever possible.
The Royal Burgess Golfing Society of Edinburgh's Barnton golf course measures 6,531 yards, with a 71 par. Tee off on a par-4 391-yarder with a shot down the fairway's left; keep in the bunker, allowing for a line in. The golf course's lone par-5 is a relatively short one: The sixth hole measures 485 yards and can be reached in two swings by long hitters, as long as you can avoid the bunkers and trees from the tee. The 18th hole may seem to be a short par-4, at 247 yards, but get cocky and you might as well tear your card in half, as you've got to hit right from the tee, with out-of-bounds and trees providing hazards from the start.
Take in the view of the Royal Burgess Golfing Society of Edinburgh's clubhouse and try to birdie or eagle your way to the ale, anyway.
|Yellow (W)||73||5704 yards|
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|White M: 68.6/117||375||302||410||445||145||470||416||138||377||3078||362||342||303||183||371||384||456||414||233||3048||6126|
|Yellow W: 70.7/120||345||284||392||420||123||437||405||120||345||2871||353||288||285||166||348||328||400||396||211||2775||5646|
Beautiful, Historic, Parkland Course in the City
I played here "by accident" after another course was unable to honor my tee-time. Boy am I glad that happened...
I have been playing golf for 35 years and have frequented some of the nicest golf areas on the planet (Hawaii, California, Florida, South Carolina, and now Scotland) and it was a privilege and honor to play here. I was paired with two longtime members and a golf pro (an American Expat from Frankfurt who had just finished attempting to qualify for the Senior Open).
I cannot overstate how friendly a welcome I received at this course. The members I played with bought me coffee at the midway house and offered me a pint at the end of the round (I sat with them and had water instead - didn't want to be tipsy driving around on the "wrong-side" of the road). They are very proud of their club and eager to share it with you.
Founded in 1735, this club is widely recognized as the oldest golf club in the world (club, not course). You would expect a stuffy old crowd here - but no - the most welcoming and enjoyable round I have ever played - on a beautifully maintained, gorgeous and very playable parkland course. The rental clubs were excellent condition newer Titleists - including AP1 irons.
If you are visiting Edinburgh and love golf, don't let the price scare you away - You must play here!
Probably the best parkland course in the central belt
The course was in perfect condition and proved a great test of golf. As with most courses, if you hit it down the middle every time then we would all be single figure handicappers and the game would be easy. This course tests all levels of golfers, with trees and bunkers statically positioned for every player, no matter your handicap.
The clubhouse facilities are stunning having just been fully refurbished. On arrival, you are met by a member of staff who give you a tour of the clubhouse and a presentation on the history of the club. (Its the oldest in the world have records dating back to 1735). There are some great artefacts and memorabilia on display within the clubhouse. Food is available, be it in the formal dining room or simply in the spike bar, and take it from me , it was excellent.