Dunbar, East Lothian EH42 1LL
18 holes. Seaside links. Gently undulating terrain - easy to walk.
Old Tom Morris
30 miles E of Edinburgh
From centre of Dunbar head south towards Berwick-upon-Tweed (A1). After o.5 miles turn left at Golf House Road. Golf entrance is on your right.
Dunbar Golf Club: A stone wall separates the first three holes (and the 18th) from the rest of the course, but that's the only thing that breaks the uninterrupted sea views you'll enjoy from this excellent links golf course. For much of the time you're standing on the sea's edge - often trying to cope with whatever wind and weather is being thrown at you.
The layout is characterised by flattish fairways (rather than impressive sand dunes), along with superb greens, many "hidden" bunkers and an overall high standard of upkeep and presentation.
The terrain gets a little more interesting with a blind drive at the par-5 9th, and a variety of scenery as you go round the turn on this out-and-back layout. Inland a distant cement factory provides a rather dramatic contrast with the natural splendour of the sea, and the impressive Barns Ness lighthouse, which sits a mile beyond the far end of the course.
Play at Dunbar and you'll remember those fabulous sea views and the stone wall. You'll probably also wonder how Old Tom Morris squeezed such a marvellous links golf course onto such a narrow strip of land ... between the sea and the wall.
Visitors welcome on weekdays (except Thur) and weekends; more restricted on weekends.
Must book in advance. Handicap required.
Credit cards accepted. Contact club for full details, discounts, packages, etc. [Last updated: 2020].
Players generally walk this course. Golf carts available for hire.
Dunbar is used as an Open Championship qualifying course when The Open is held at Muirfield.
2019 Golf World rating: 39th best course in Scotland.
Bayswell Park, Dunbar, East Lothian EH42 1AE
+44 (0)1368 862 225Visit website
This family run hotel was built in 1896 to accommodate visitors to the historic town of Dunbar. It is situated in an unrivalled position on the coastline of the Firth of Forth offering spectacular sea views across to Fife and the impressive Bass Rock.
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Cromwell Road, North Berwick EH39 4LZ
+44 (0)1620 892 406Visit website
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