The Royal Burgess Golfing Society of Edinburgh


4-star: generally an excellent standard golf course, well worth visiting.
   The Royal Burgess Golfing Society of Edinburgh Est. 1735

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The Royal Burgess Golfing Society of Edinburgh: Established in 1735, Royal Burgess is arguably the world's oldest golf club. Originally its members played behind Edinburgh Castle on the Bruntsfield Links, before moving to Musselburgh and eventually to the Society's current home here in Barnton. Still located next to its original neighbour (The Bruntsfield Golfing Society - who also moved from Bruntsfield to Musselburgh to Barnton), this Old Tom Morris / James Braid layout is a quintessential parkland golf course. The nicely undulating terrain provides for a pleasant mix of holes, with some played either up or downhill, while several others occupy a less undulating, flatter plateau. The most significant elevation change comes at the testing downhill par-4 11th, where a blind drive over a marker stone sets you on your way. In this partly open, partly tree-lined setting, a wonderful variety of trees and occasionally bushes separate the generally good-width fairways. On a few holes, recently introduced water ditches will need to be crossed, while grass-walled bunkers may not always be too conspicuous, but will certainly need to be factored into your course management, especially on approach shots to the often large and rolling-edged greens. Although there is nothing much to see beyond the mainly tree-lined course perimeter, Barnton (as it is often called) is an absorbing layout that will pleasantly test your golfing skills. Back in the clubhouse there's the chance to explore the long history of this oldest of golf clubs.

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The Royal Burgess Golfing Society of Edinburgh
181 Whitehouse Rd,
Barnton, Edinburgh EH4 6BU
Scotland
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Office   +44 (0)131 339 2075
Pro Shop   +44 (0)131 339 6474
Fax

  +44 (0)131 339 3712

Email   generalmanager@royalburgess.co.uk
Website   www.royalburgess.co.uk
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About the course

The course: 18 holes. Tree-lined & open parkland.
Gently undulating terrain - a few slopes to climb
 
Surroundings: Woodland and residential.
 
Designer: Original layout designed by Old Tom Morris (1894). Subsequent improvements made by Willie Park Jr, Harry Colt, Mackenzie Ross and James Braid.
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  Men Back Men Front Women Front
Yards 6511 6126 5646
Par 71 68 73
SSS or Slope 71 69
 
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How2Get There?

4 miles NW of Edinburgh
From the centre of Edinburgh take the A90 to the city's north-western suburbs, direction Barnton. In Barnton, at the intersection of the A90 (Queens Ferry Rd) and A902 (Maybury Rd), head north on White House Rd. After 150 yds, golf entrance is on your right.

Essential information

Green Fees:
2012 visitor fee, 18 holes: weekdays (round or day ticket) £60; weekends £80 (round). [Above rates based on best info available at the time. Contact club for current actual rates, seasonal and other discounts]. Credit cards accepted.
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Who can play and When?
Visitors welcome on weekdays and weekends (after midday).  Must book in advance.
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Other Information
Players generally walk this course.
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Did you know?

The Royal Burgess Golfing Society traces its origins back to 1735, the foundation date recorded in the Edinburgh Almanac from 1834 onwards. This makes the Society the world's oldest golf club, although the name Edinburgh Burgess GS was not used until 1787. (The Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers, now based at Muirfield, also lays claim to be the world's oldest golf club, with club records going back to 1744). What is clear is that a society of burgesses (i.e. property owning citizens) originally played golf on the Bruntsfield Links (6-holes), in the shadow of Edinburgh Castle. By 1874, with Bruntsfield becoming too congested, the Burgess members moved to Musselburgh (see our entry for Musselburgh Links). Here they shared the nine-hole course with The Honourable Company, Bruntsfield Links GS and (Royal) Musselburgh GC. By 1894 Musselburgh was also felt to be overcrowded and the Burgess Society moved out to their current home in Barnton. The Royal prerogative was bestowed on the Club by George V in 1929.

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Location

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Latitude (decimal): 55.9624948601
Longitude (decimal): -3.3061793447
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Edinburgh Marriott Hotel 4-star
111 Glasgow Road, Edinburgh EH12 8NF
+44 (0)131 334 9191
www.marriotthotels.co.uk

The Edinburgh Marriott is located on the A8, just 2 miles from Edinburgh Airport and 3 miles west of the city centre. You can enjoy Edinburgh's famous festivals and historic sites with a convenient local bus service to the city centre, which runs regularly from the hotel.

Golf at this hotel No
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Golf within 5 miles Dalmahoy; Royal Burgess; Bruntsfield
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Golf within 20 miles Royal Musselburgh
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Marriott Dalmahoy Hotel & Country Club 4-star
Kirknewton, Edinburgh EH27 8EB
+44 (0)131 33 1845
www.marriotthotels.co.uk

With its wonderful scenery, baronial manor house and distant views of Edinburgh Castle, Marriott's Dalmahoy Hotel & Country Club is a resort location, set in 1,000 acres of parkland, but just 7 miles from the centre of Edinburgh.

Golf at this hotel Dalmahoy
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Golf within 5 miles No
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Golf within 20 miles Royal Burgess; Bruntsfield; Royal Musselburgh
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