North Berwick Golf Club

North Berwick Golf Club ranks number 8 in the Golf World Top 100 Golf Courses in Scotland and number 12 in the Golf World Top 100 Golf Courses in the UK & Ireland. 

Golf has been played on the site of North Berwick Golf Club since the 17th Century, and continues to be played over the same land as it was then. 

Breathtaking views of the Firth of Forth and islands of Bass rock, Craigleith, Lamb and Fidra and the town of North Berwick itself greet you. There are few places better in the world to play golf. 

It’s a true Championship links course and has hosted Final Qualifying for The Open Championship and both Gentlemen and ladies Amateur Championships.

About as traditional a links as you will find, set on a narrow strip of land between the town and the Firth of Forth, the West Links is all about imagination. It is typified by the 17th, a short par 4 calling for an imaginative approach to a sunken green behind a wall. 

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Tremendous fun is to be had on the West Links, the second-oldest course in the world still played over its original fairways. You play out along the Firth of Forth then return in a parallel line inland. 

The real highlights are the wonderfully quirky holes, especially on the back nine, and the 13th, a shortish par 4 played to a punchbowl green over a dry stone dyke.

The beach is just one long and sometimes wet hazard depending on the tide. You will find walls in the middle of fairways and in front of a green. All of these are an important part of the history charting the development of the course from a few holes through to the full 18-hole course. You’re guaranteed to enjoy your visit. 

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“North Berwick is where I grew up and this to me is what Americans would think a traditional links course is like,” says 2009 Women’s Open champion Catriona Matthew. “You are hitting over the beach on the 2nd and there is a stone wall, burns, the funky green on 16 and other little features like that which mean it probably wouldn’t be designed today.”

The original Clubhouse was built in 1880 and was a single story building which housed the lockers of the members’ at the time. These original lockers are now featured in the Formal Dining Room along with past captains pictures and main honours boards. 

The Clubhouse underwent a refurbishment in 2008 and is the perfect environment for pre and post refreshment and reflection on your game. 

 
 
Gemma Keepin