Best Golf Courses in Edinburgh

Golf World brings you the best golf courses in Edinburgh, an area that is home to some of the finest golf courses and golf resorts in Scotland, allowing you to plan a day trip or even a golf break to the spectacular links golf courses in East Lothian.


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Muirfield

Muirfield is ranked number 3 in Golf World’s Top 100 Courses in Scotland and is ranked number 4 in Golf World’s Top 100 Courses in the UK and Ireland

Location: Gullane, East Lothian
Designer(s): Old Tom Morris/Harry Colt

Muirfield falls one place in the 2019 Golf World Top 100 ranking having been overtaken in the list by a revitalised Ailsa at Turnberry. Unlike many traditional links courses that follow a straight out and straight back routing, one of the more interesting elements of designer Harry Colt’s course is that each hole plays in a slightly different direction. This enhances both playability and the challenge of the wind.

Its bunkers are among the finest in the world in terms of their shape, variety and strategic positioning.

Click here to read our full review of Muirfield.


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Gullane Golf Club

Gullane No.1 is ranked number 21 in Golf World’s Top 100 Courses in Scotland

Gullane No.2 is ranked number 41 in Golf World’s Top 100 Courses in Scotland

Location: Gullane, East Lothian
Designer: No.1 Unknown, No.2 Willia Park, Jr

Gullane No.1 is a long and demanding top class links over grand terrain. This Edinburgh golf course has one of the best back nines in golf and arguably the best set of green complexes in Golf World’s Top 100 golf courses in Scotland. Superb links turf but lacks the change in landscape, views and pace to rank higher. 

Despite its name it is very harsh to describe Gullane No.2 as a ‘second’ course because it is nothing less than a first-rate golf experience all the way. Boasting more standout holes, it’s arguably more fun and playable than No.1. And did we mention the par 3s? You won’t find a better quartet in the whole of Scotland.


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Kilspindie Golf Club

Kilspindie Golf Club is ranked number 59 in Golf World’s Top 100 Courses in Scotland

Location: Aberlady, East Lothian
Designer: Willie Park, Jr / Ben Sayers

This Edinburgh golf course hosted the World Hickory Open, which tells you all you need to know about its character. Packed with charm and quirks, and is playable for everybody at 5,800 yards. Its small sloping greens have been entertaining and bemusing golfers since 1867.  We love it here and recommend more golfers plan it into their East Lothian golf itinerary. 


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The Bruntsfield Links Golf Club

The Bruntsfield Links Golf Club is ranked 64 in Golf World’s Top 100 Courses in Scotland

Location: Edinburgh, East Lothian
Designer: Willie Park Jr

The fourth oldest golf club in the world, Bruntsfield Links Golf Society moved to its current home in Bartongate in 1898. This was one of the best parkland golf courses in Edinburgh before the £1.2m refurb that saw the bunkers restored to Dr Alister MacKenzie’s original design and the reshaping of holes. Now it’s even better. The tree-lined and undulating layout flows around a disused quarry.


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Longniddry Golf Club

Longniddry Golf Club  is ranked number 79 in Golf World’s Top 100 Courses in Scotland

Location: Longniddry, East Lothian
Designer: Harry Colt

Partly seaside in nature, Longniddry’s parkland sections are arguably its best. The 5th a terrific par-4 dog-leg with a two-tier green. It’s short, but there are no par 5s and over half the two shotters are over 400 yards. For the most part, this Edinburgh golf course has a parkland feel as it flows among deciduous trees. 


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Royal Musselburgh

Royal Musselburgh is ranked number 96 in Golf World’s Top 100 Courses in Scotland

Location: Prestonpans, East Lothian
Designer: James Braid 

The fifth-oldest golf club in the world, Royal Musselburgh provides a taste of the riches on offer in East Lothian. Naturally it has been tweaked throughout the years. The inward half is more undulating, exacting and interesting than the front nine. The 13th starts a stiff closing stretch with a 452-yard par 4 which is protected by bunkers, a narrow tree-lined fairway and a slender green.


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Dalmahoy Hotel & Country Club

Dalmahoy Hotel & Country Club is ranked number 26 in Golf World’s Top 100 Golf Resorts in the UK & Ireland

Location: Edinburgh, East Lothian
Designer: James Braid

Just seven miles from Edinburgh’s city centre, The Marriott Dalmahoy Hotel & Country Club is set in 1000 acres in the shadow of the Pentland Hills. With courses of pedigree, this Solheim Cup venue is perfect for a long weekend of golf and sightseeing in Scotland’s capital.

Two 18-holers – the East by James Braid is a monster at over 7,400 yards, while the West is shorter and a good mix of 4s and 3s. The West Course has tight fairways and small greens and a finish around the Gogar Burn that will test the nerve of all levels of golfer.

The internationally renowned East Course (ranked number 100 in Golf World’s Top 100 Courses in Scotland) presents a greater challenge with manicured fairways, well positioned bunkers and large undulating greens. Despite mixed reviews of the recent modifications and subsequent refreshes, it remains a strong parkland


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Royal Burgess Golf Club

Royal Burgess Golf Club is ranked number 98 in Golf World’s Top 100 Courses in Scotland

Location: Barnton, Edinburgh
Designer: Willie Park Jr, James Braid, Philip Mackenzie Ross

A handful of the world’s best architects have left their mark on this parkland, so it’s no surprise to see it in this list of the best golf courses in Edinburgh. Set among a tree-lined estate with nice elevation changes that constantly test club selection. 

Its history can be traced back to the 18th Century with explicit references in the Edinburgh Almanac in 1735. The layout, ambience and clubhouse of this fine establishment have all been praised by various professional golfers from across the globe.


Gemma Keepin