Golfing is something many people visit Scotland for and if you’re planning on visiting the city of Edinburgh or have visiting delegates to entertain then knowing where the finest golf courses are can only be a positive. Here we’re looking at the range of courses available across the Edinburgh and the Lothians area.
Edinburgh is surrounded by some stunning golf courses which benefit from visions of the urban cityscape. Braid Hills rates as one of the city’s finest courses and it offers really spectacular views of the Castle as well as Arthur’s Seat. You can also keep an eye on the Firth of Forth and Pentland Hills. The course is hugely challenging but also great fun for passionate golfers.
Edinburgh also has the world’s fourth oldest golfing society. Bruntsfield Links Golfing Society was founded in 1761 and is an attractive, parkland style course that has been used as a Regional Qualifying Venue for the world-famous Open. It also gives wonderful views across the Firth of Forth.
More rural than the city as you’d expect East Lothian benefits from a wide range of beautiful and notable golf courses for visitors and residents to enjoy. It is the home of Muirfield where the 2013 Open Championship was played. The area is in fact known as Scotland’s ‘Golf Coast’ and though the Muirfield is majestic there are other offerings too. Musselburgh is a popular golfing spot and Archerfield Links Golf Club also offers two beautiful courses for players of all levels to get stuck into. To enjoy the whole range of courses in the area, if there’s time available, it’s certainly worth investing in an East Lothian Golf Pass.
Midlothian is the closest golfing area to the city of Edinburgh outside the city itself of course. It’s just to the south east of the city and just six miles from the centre if the mature and luscious parkland of the Broomieknowe Golf Course. It’s a course that’s wonderful for new players as it’s an easy walk and it sits at a higher level offering wonderful views of the countryside around the parkland. The Glencourse Golf Club is also in Midlothian and as well as picturesque views is offers a couple of tricky holes for players looking for more of a challenge.
On the other side of the Lothians lies the West. West Lothian has a rich and cultural golfing history and heritage so golfers have many clubs and courses to choose from. The Linlithgow Golf Course is the pick of the bunch as you can enjoy a mixture of standard and challenging holes whilst also benefiting from some wonderful Scottish countryside views over the Forth Estuary.
Golf fans will never be disappointed by a break in Edinburgh and whether you can spend a week or a day on the courses you’ll remember and enjoy the experience.
Marc Hughes is the General Manager at VIP Apartments in Edinburgh. Their luxury accommodation is at the heart of the city centre from where you have easy access to all golf courses. You can visit his webiste on http://www.vipapartmentsedinburgh.co.uk