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Top 5 Golf Courses in Edinburgh

29 September 2014

Scotland is known for very good reasons as the Home of Golf. Edinburgh, as the capital of Scotland, is rich with great courses. A green city with wide open spaces, sitting between the lowland hills and the Firth of Forth, Edinburgh has a high quality of outdoor life.

Chris Syme of the Ultimate Golf Service shares the top 5 of the best golf courses in Edinburgh.

Bruntsfield Links

The Bruntsifield Links (pictured above) is one of the most prestigious golf courses in Edinburgh and in recent times hosted the Open Championship qualifying. The Bruntsfield Links Golfing Society is the fourth oldest in the world having been founded in 1761. Situated six miles to the north west of the city in beautiful parkland it offers outstanding views over the Firth of Forth. Primarily a members club, visitors and guests are always offered a warm welcome.  The clubhouse has been carefully extended and refurbished over the years and offers everything from a refreshing drink to a light bite or dinner on a Saturday evening.

Duddingston Golf Club

Duddingston Golf Club, to the east of the city is considered to be one of the most scenic parkland courses within the Lothians. Boasting magnificent views to Holyrood Park, golfers relish the challenge of teeing off across its sweeping fairways and avoiding the Braid Burn which meanders through the course, ready to swallow any wayward shots. Open to both members and non members, a round of golf starts from £19.

Prestonfield Golf Club

Prestonfield Golf Club is situated a mere 1.5 miles from the hustle and bustle of Edinburgh’s Princes Street. Nestling under the shadow of the mighty Arthur’s Seat it sits in stunning parkland to the south of the city. Designed by James Braid there are plenty of opportunities to test your skills in this lively course which can be made even more challenging depending on the strength and direction of the wind. The course is open all year round and with no harsh gradients is an enjoyable walk.

Merchants of Edinburgh

Merchants of Edinburgh is known as the “thinking golfer’s” course. Situated on the south of the city but close to the city centre it keeps golfers on their toes with twists, turns and deceptive gradients. Boasting superb views across the Lothians, Fife and many of Edinburgh’s famous landmarks the course is open to both members and visitors. Its bright and modern clubhouse offers welcome refreshment at the end of play and is also available for private hire for small events.

Baberton Golf Club 

Baberton golf club is the furthest course on our list out from the city centre. It is surrounded by magnificent views with the Pentland Hills to the south, the Forth Bridges and Ochil Hills lying to the north and Edinburgh’s beautiful cityscape and view of the castle lying to the east.  Its well constructed and beautiful layout on rippling ground is suitable for all golfers regardless of their skills. On our writer’s last visit, he was pleased to see a Roe deer on the fairway albeit, it was making a dash for cover. The club is delighted to welcome visitors of all ages and ability and offers a variety of refreshments in comfortable surrounds for players to discuss the finer points of their game.