32 Barnton Ave,
Barnton, Edinburgh EH4 6JH
18 holes. Tree-lined & open parkland. Undulating terrain - several slopes to climb
Woodland and residential.
Original layout designed by Willie Park Jr (1898). Subsequent improvements made by Dr Alister MacKenzie (1922) and Hawtree (1972).
4 miles NW of Edinburgh
From the centre of Edinburgh take the A90 to the city's north-western suburbs, direction Barnton. 1 mile east of Barnton, turn off the A90 onto Quality St. After 300 yds, at roundabout, continue straight over into Cramond Rd. After 200 yds turn left into Barnton Ave. Follow Barnton Ave for o.5 mls, then turn right, and follow road to Golf Club.
The Bruntsfield Links Golfing Society: As the world's fourth oldest golf club, Bruntsfield Links is understandably steeped in history, an illustrious member of the earliest days of golf in Scotland. Even the current course, which the Club moved to in 1898, is not without its historical footnotes. The small (now wooded) quarry that you play around on the 9th, 10th and 11th holes, was the source of granite blocks excavated to form the pedestal of New York's Statue of Liberty.
History aside, Bruntsfield is a well laid out and always engaging parkland golf course. Covering a good size area, you will never feel too constrained as the partly open, partly tree-lined layout roams across pleasantly undulating terrain. From its higher elevations, and not least from the large and well-appointed clubhouse, you will enjoy scenic views onto the small islands of Cramond and Inchkeith, which sit out in the Firth of Forth.
Liberally dotted with a variety of mature trees, the generally good-width fairways lead you towards well-bunkered, subtly sloping and excellently maintained greens. A mix of straight and doglegging holes includes several that are played from nicely elevated teeing grounds, like the beautifully crafted par-4 2nd and par-4 8th. If you can tear yourself away from the duneland links golf further along the Lothian coast, you will find few better or quieter parkland courses than Bruntsfield, here in Barnton Avenue.
Visitors welcome on weekdays and weekends.
Must book in advance.
Credit cards accepted. Contact club for full details, discounts, packages, etc. [Last updated: 2018].
Players generally walk this course. Golf carts available for hire if pre-booked.
The Bruntsfield Links Golfing Society traces its origins back to 1761. For many years thereafter its members played their golf on the Bruntsfield Links course in Edinburgh city (this course was 6-holes, had been played on since the 15th century, was less than a mile south of Edinburgh Castle, and is now a 36-hole pitch & putt facility).
By 1876, with Bruntsfield Links becoming too congested, the Bruntsfield Links members moved out to Musselburgh, east of the city. The Society had already been holding their Autumn Meeting at Musselburgh since 1839. Here they shared a 9-hole course with The Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers, Edinburgh Burgess Golfing Society (who also moved from their original Bruntsfield Links home) and Musselburgh Golf Club (later Royal Musselburgh).
By 1898 Musselburgh also felt overcrowded, so the Bruntsfield Links members moved across the city to their current home in Barnton. Edinburgh Burgess (nowadays Royal Burgess) had also made the move to Barnton, and now reside next door to Bruntsfield Links.
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