Best golf courses: Edinburgh

Edinburgh: the table below provides brief details about the top golf courses in and around this city. Each golf club has been visited and/or researched by Where2Golf. Click on the course name below to discover more. The course ratings below range from 5 highest, to 2 lowest. They attempt to provide an indication of the golfing experience you might expect at the course (based on its design, condition and surroundings). Hover your cursor above the Rating Key below for the rating definitions.
4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Rsrt guests only
Edinburgh
Russell, David J.

Visitors?

Rsrt guests only

Nearest city

Edinburgh

Designer

David J. Russell

4-PLUS: Must play course - excellent standard; worthy of 4½ stars.
Rsrt guests only
Edinburgh
Russell, David J.

Visitors?

Rsrt guests only

Nearest city

Edinburgh

Designer

David J. Russell

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Not Saturdays
Edinburgh
Park Jr, Willie

Visitors?

Not Saturdays

Nearest city

Edinburgh

Designer

Original layout designed by Willie Park Jr (1898). Subsequent improvements made by Dr Alister MacKenzie (1922), James Braid (1930) and Fred Hawtree (1974).

3-star: Good course – an enjoyable test for your game.
Visitors welcome
Edinburgh
Thomas, Dave

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Edinburgh

Designer

Dave Thomas

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Edinburgh
Steel, Donald

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Edinburgh

Designer

Donald Steel

3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Edinburgh
Braid, James

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Edinburgh

Designer

James Braid

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Edinburgh
Morris, Old Tom

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Edinburgh

Designer

Old Tom Morris

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Edinburgh
Braid & Sayers

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Edinburgh

Designer

James Braid and Ben Sayers

4-PLUS: Must play course - excellent standard; worthy of 4½ stars.
Wkends restrictd
Edinburgh
Unknown

Visitors?

Wkends restrictd

Nearest city

Edinburgh

Designer

Unknown

3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Edinburgh
Park Jr, Willie

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Edinburgh

Designer

Willie Park Jr.

3-star: Good course – an enjoyable test for your game.
Visitors welcome
Edinburgh
Unknown

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Edinburgh

Designer

Unknown

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Edinburgh
Park Jr, Willie

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Edinburgh

Designer

Willie Park Jr and Ben Sayers.

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Edinburgh
Colt, Harry

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Edinburgh

Designer

Original design by Harry Colt (1920), with subsequent modifications by James Braid (1926), Philip Mackenzie Ross (1945) and more recently Donald Steel.

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Not Saturdays
Edinburgh
Morris, Old Tom

Visitors?

Not Saturdays

Nearest city

Edinburgh

Designer

Old Tom Morris

5-PLUS: In the world’s elite - has few peers; one of our top-rated 5s!
Tues & Thur
Edinburgh
Morris, Old Tom

Visitors?

Tues & Thur

Nearest city

Edinburgh

Designer

Original course on this site was laid out by Old Tom Morris (1891). Later modifications by Harry Colt and Tom Simpson (1928).

3-star: Good course – an enjoyable test for your game.
Visitors welcome
Edinburgh
Unknown

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Edinburgh

Designer

Unknown

5-star: Fabulous – courses don’t get much better than this.
Not Saturdays
Edinburgh
Various

Visitors?

Not Saturdays

Nearest city

Edinburgh

Designer

Designer of original layout unknown; later extensions and modifications by Old Tom Morris and David "Davie" Strath (1876), Tom Dunn (1880s), and Ben Sayers Jr and Major Cecil K. Hutchison (1932).

Private: A course for members and their invited guests only.
Private club
Edinburgh
Doak, Tom

Visitors?

Private club

Nearest city

Edinburgh

Designer

Tom Doak

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Edinburgh
Thomas, Dave

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Edinburgh

Designer

Dave Thomas

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Edinburgh
Morris, Old Tom

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Edinburgh

Designer

Original layout at this location designed by Old Tom Morris (1894). Subsequent improvements made by Willie Park Jr, Harry Colt, Philip Mackenzie Ross and James Braid.

3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.
Wkends restrictd
Edinburgh
Braid, James

Visitors?

Wkends restrictd

Nearest city

Edinburgh

Designer

James Braid (1925).

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124th US Open: the No.2 Course at Pinehurst once again plays host to this most illustrious championship (June 13-16). Wyndham Clark defends his title, having won at Los Angeles CC in 2023.

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