Carved into the ancient links turf with smooth-running greens, pot bunkers and wispy grasses Gullane No. 1 is a unique challenge for all golfers. Add to that the fabulous views across to Edinburgh, the Firth of Forth, Fife and beyond and you have one of the world’s most cherished golfing experiences.
Not surprisingly, the course has been the setting for a host of highly acclaimed tournaments including the 2018 ASI Scottish Open and Ladies Scottish Open, the 2015 AAM Scottish Open and Final Qualifying for the Open Championship on five occasions.
Golf has never been more inviting than this…
Out here, it feels as if it’s just you and the course.
Above you, the whispering pines. Ahead, the sweeping fairways. Out here, it feels as if it’s just you and the course.
Golf has never been more inviting than this: the 18 hole Fidra Links is a unique mixture of pine forest and fast-running links.
Fidra Links runs closest to the sea and offers a very unique combination of links golf, a bit of forest, with sea views through the tall pines. Out there in the Firth of Forth is the island that they call “Fidra” and Fidra with its iconic lighthouse was the inspiration for Robert Lewis Stevenson’s “Treasure Island.” Actually, it’s the shape of Fidra that was the inspiration for Treasure Island and this shape was formed by volcanic activity over 300 million years ago.
In the words of one international golf reviewer, a visit to play golf at Dunbar provides ‘just about everything you can ask for’.
That is certainly true if a challenging links course, stunning scenery and a friendly clubhouse are the elements you think make up the perfect golfing experience.
To play on our Open qualifying championship links is to play within yards of waves as they crash onto the rocky shore.
It is to pit yourself against a course made by nature and then man’s best efforts over 150 years. It is to walk in the footsteps of some of the greatest golfers in the world.
Scotland is a land of hidden gems – and for golfers Kilspindie Golf Club is one of the finest, lying hidden among the nature reserve of Aberlady Bay, the quaint village of Aberlady, and the teeming waters of the Firth of Forth.
Playing these traditional Scottish links, you may witness sea-birds diving for food, migratory geese, and seals sunning on the sand.
In the distance, you can see the profile of Edinburgh, its Castle, and the long extinct volcanic cone of Arthur’s Seat.
The course is secreted away from the village via a few hundred yards of private, single-track road.
Inspired by the great links courses of Britain, particularly those on land which are less dominated by dunes, Craigielaw is equal to many of the finest examples of such courses; some of which are conveniently located nearby in the East Lothian area.
Designed by Donald Steel & Co. the course opened in 2001 and in this short period has been host to many national events.
With challenging greens, cavernous bunkers and spectacular views over the Firth of Forth, Gullane Hill and out towards Edinburgh and Fife, Craigielaw Golf Club is an experience not to be missed.