Royal Burgess Golfing Society of Edinburgh

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  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 71
  • Length: 6531 yards
  • Layout


Carts: Yes
Pull-carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes


Driving range: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes


Walking allowed: Yes
Metal spikes allowed: No
Dress code: Appropriate golf attire.

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Red 71 6531 yards N/A N/A
White 70 6158 yards N/A N/A
Yellow 68 5704 yards N/A N/A
Yellow (W) 73 5704 yards N/A N/A

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.

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 5.0 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 5.0 stars from 5
Value: 5.0 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 5.0 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 5.0 stars from 5
Course Layout: 5.0 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 5.0 stars from 5
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"Probably the best parkland course in the central belt"

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Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/09/2016
First time playing Walked Perfect weather

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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.

Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging

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