Edinburgh’s Best Golf Breaks

Exploring Edinburgh’s Best Golf Breaks for 2024

Edinburgh has a rich golfing history and boasts some of the oldest and most prestigious golf courses in the world, all against the backdrop of one of the most picturesque cities in the UK.

From links courses running alongside the coast to parkland courses tucked away in the countryside, Scotland’s capital and its surrounding areas offer a variety of options for keen golfers to explore.

We take a look at some of the best stay-and-play golfing experiences Edinburgh has to offer.

Life beyond the course

If you’re planning on a two or three-day golfing stay, the chances are you’ll find yourself with some time to fill between rounds.

Luckily, as any blog post or travel guide will verify, there are myriad reasons to visit Edinburgh, other than golfing. The city is brimming with art, culture and history and also boasts a fantastic foodie scene. Whether it’s soaking up the history of Edinburgh Castle, taking a stroll along the iconic Royal Mile or enjoying the breathtaking views from the famous Arthur’s Seat, Edinburgh is the perfect city to enjoy time spent away from the course.

Once you are ready to tee off, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to courses and first-rate accommodation.

Muirfield Golf Course and Greywalls Hotel

Located just outside of Edinburgh, this historic course is said to be one of the oldest in the world. Muirfield is an impressive championship course and regularly hosts The Opens.

The course offers two concentric loops of nine. With its somewhat brutal bunkering, and need for accuracy, this course is perhaps best suited to those who already have some form.

Greywalls Hotel offers five-star luxury accommodation and is just minutes away from the course. The hotel has first-class amenities and added extras including a beautiful walled garden and an award-winning restaurant.

The hotel oozes opulence and all rooms are elegantly appointed with a large majority offering uninterrupted views over the course.

Craigielaw Golf Club and Lodge

Craigielaw is a premier golf destination, just 30 minutes from Edinburgh city centre.

Despite being a relative newcomer to the scene, the 18-hole championship course has already hosted the Scottish Senior Open and is ranked as one of the top courses in the country.

Whilst the course itself is challenging, the club also boasts extensive practice facilities including a driving range, putting green and short game area as well as the opportunity to book some instruction from experienced PGA professionals.

The lodge at Craigielaw is attached to the clubhouse and offers comfortable and modern accommodation. Many of its rooms offer stunning views across the course and of the river Fife.

Dalmahoy Hotel & Country Club

Located just a short drive from Edinburgh city centre, Dalmahoy boasts two fantastic courses: The East Course and The West Course. More experienced golfers should head to the East Course, however, if you’re short on time or are just starting out, The West Course is a little more forgiving and can be shortened to nine or 13 holes with gameplay being cut to just a couple of hours.

Both courses offer some stunning views of the beautiful Scottish countryside and surrounding landscape.

The hotel is situated on 1,000 acres of beautiful, landscaped grounds and offers charming and refined accommodation. The range of amenities is impressive and includes award-winning dining options and a luxury spa as well as 24-hour room service.

Edinburgh is a city steeped in golfing heritage and is home to several historic world-renowned courses as well as modern championship-level experiences.

In addition to these first-rate courses, the city’s vibrant culture, world-class hotels and stunning scenery make it the perfect golfing destination, regardless of whether you feel you could give a seasoned pro a run for their money or you’re just starting out.

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