Muirfield - lunch buffet
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Muirfield - lunch buffet
The lunch at Muirfield is legendary in golf circles. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
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Greywalls Hotel - Chez Roux Restaurant
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Greywalls Hotel - Chez Roux Restaurant
Splurging on dinner at the Chez Roux Restaurant inside the Greywalls Hotel is a must when playing Muirfield. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
North Berwick Golf Club - haggis pie
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North Berwick Golf Club - haggis pie
This haggis pie was quite the tasty treat at the North Berwick Golf Club. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Macdonald Marine Hotel & Spa
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Macdonald Marine Hotel & Spa
Staying and dining at the Macdonald Marine Hotel & Spa next to the North Berwick Golf Club is one of the joys of visiting East Lothian. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Ducks at Kilspindie House
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Ducks at Kilspindie House
Owner Malcolm Duck serves another happy customer inside the bar at Kilspindie House, home to the fabulous Ducks restaurant. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Ducks at Kilspindie House - exterior
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Ducks at Kilspindie House - exterior
The Kilspindie House provides comfy rooms, great meals at Ducks and good drink and fun at Donald's Bar Bistro. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Muirfield - clubhouse interior
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Muirfield - clubhouse interior
Muirfield staff prepare the club's famed lunch inside its historic clubhouse. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Macdonald Marine Hotel & Spa - dining
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Macdonald Marine Hotel & Spa - dining
Homegrown Scottish beef is a delicacy cooked up by talented executive chef John Paul at the Macdonald Marine Hotel & Spa in North Berwick. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Greywalls Hotel and Chez Roux Restaurant
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Greywalls Hotel and Chez Roux Restaurant
The Greywalls Hotel next to Muirfield is home to the excellent Chez Roux Restaurant. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Scotch Malt Whisky Society
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Scotch Malt Whisky Society
Dining at the Queen Street location of the Scotch Malt Whisky Society in Edinburgh is open to non-members. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Scotch Malt Whisky Society - members bar
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Scotch Malt Whisky Society - members bar
Membership to the Scotch Malt Whisky Society has its privileges: Access into this bar at the Queen Street location in Edinburgh. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Ducks at Kilspindie House - Donald's Bar Bistro
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Ducks at Kilspindie House - Donald's Bar Bistro
Owner Malcolm Duck shows off his putting skills from a stool inside Donald's Bar Bistro at the Kilspindie House in Aberlady. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Greywalls Hotel - Chez Roux Restaurant bar
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Greywalls Hotel - Chez Roux Restaurant bar
Pre-dinner drinks in the small bar at the Greywalls Hotel set the stage for the food at the Chez Roux Restaurant. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Craigielaw Golf Club - Scottish breakfast
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Craigielaw Golf Club - Scottish breakfast
The full Scottish breakfast served at The Lodge at Craigielaw isn't entirely healthy, but it tastes great. Courtesy, Todd Graff

From haggis to beef and beyond: Scotland's best food for golfers

EAST LOTHIAN, Scotland -- Blame the haggis and the British influence for the bad rap bestowed upon the food in Scotland. Meals served on a golf trip to the "Home of Golf" don't have to be bland like the grey skies outside. Bright spots can be found in certain kitchens and dining rooms, just as the sun occasionally shines upon a seaside links.

Haggis sounds awful -- a mixture of a sheep's heart, liver and lungs cooked for hours with minced onion and various spices -- but it actually tastes quite good.

When it comes to food and fun in East Lothian, nobody does it better than Duck's at Kilspindie House in Aberlady. Owner Malcolm Duck can perform a spirited "Address to A Haggis," written by Scottish poet Robert Burns in the late 1700s. Post-dinner drinks and putting games in Donald's Bistro Bar will certainly cap a great night.

Plate for plate, though, it's tough to beat the talent of John Paul, the executive chef of the Macdonald Marine Hotel & Spa in North Berwick. Even if you can't get inside the gates at Muirfield, it's still wise to make a reservation at the Chez Roux Restaurant inside the Greywalls Hotel next to the club. The fine food -- I can personally recommend the Black Isle Lamb -- and intimate setting will combine for a memorable meal.

The Scotch Malt Whisky Society is normally for members-only, but the dining room of the Queen Street location in downtown Edinburgh is open to all. It's the perfect place to savor a night in the city, not to mention drink from the drams of the club's extensive collection. Golfers playing it safe can never go wrong with ordering fish and chips, a staple at pubs and golf clubs around the United Kingdom.

Jason Scott Deegan has reviewed more than 700 courses and golf destinations for some of the industry's biggest publications. His work has been honored by the Golf Writer's Association of America and the Michigan Press Association. Follow him on Twitter at @WorldGolfer.
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