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The Best Courses on Scotland's Golf Coast

By: Golfshake Editor | Wed 06 Jul 2022

Scotland is the spiritual home of golf and each corner of the nation is littered with exceptional and historic courses, but it's difficult to beat the collection gathered within East Lothian, a region that has become renowned as Scotland's Golf Coast.

From the legendary Muirfield to the acclaimed North Berwick, there are star names aplenty in this stretch of the country, which is promoted by https://scotlandsgolfcoast.com/ - a hub that brings together the venues and accommodation options that golfers should consider experiencing.

Our travel partners, Golfbreaks also boast packages to East Lothian, which is Scotland's driest and sunniest coastline.

Bringing you closer to Scotland's Golf Coast, we have featured the destinations below, including their Golfshake Rating and a review comment that was submitted by a member of the Golfshake Community

Golfers simply love Scotland's Golf Coast - and you will too!

Archerfield Golf Club (Dirleton & Fidra)

Archerfield Links

Golfshake Rating: 4.89

Review Comment: "Excellent, simply excellent all round. A must play."

Castle Park Golf Club

Golfshake Rating: 3.94

Review Comment: "Excellent test of golf with a variety of different holes. Accuracy is important. Well worth a visit. Staff very friendly and helpful. Will be returning here."

Craigielaw Golf Club


Golfshake Rating: 4.22

Review Comment: "Nice layout, super holes and very picturesque on the coast. A true links club that pulls no punches, you need to keep it on the fairway and out of that sand. Great condition and great facilities, very welcoming too."

Dunbar Golf Club

Dunbar Golf Club

Golfshake Rating: 4.69

Review Comment: "This has been a course I've wanted to play for many years - and expectations were not disappointed! A wonderful experience of Links golf as it was intended to be and if ever you are in the area, a must visit."

Gifford Golf Club

Golfshake Rating: 4.13

Review Comment: "Definitely worth playing if you have a spare hour. Greens are in great condition."

Glen Golf Club

Glen Golf Club

Golfshake Rating: 4.74

Review Comment: "A brilliant course on the coast with fantastic views across the Firth to Bass Rock. The layout is superb, the condition is excellent and the clubhouse is perfectly situated for the best views. Very welcoming staff and a must play course in the area."

Gullane Golf Club (No. 1, No. 2, No. 3)

Gullane Golf Club

Golfshake Rating: 4.93

Review Comment: 

Haddington Golf Club

Golfshake Rating: 4.35

Review Comment: "Played Haddington before they changed the order of holes, really like the changes they have made. It was in fantastic condition."

Kilspindie Golf Club

Kilspindie Golf Club

Golfshake Rating: 4.35

Review Comment: "Played here as our first round of a four day trip straight from the airport. Was the perfect course to start the trip, short enough that you have a bit of a fun and some nice views in the opening few holes but not too challenging you feel beaten up."

Longniddry Golf Club

Longniddry Golf Club

Golfshake Rating: 4.04

Review Comment: "In good condition, a nice varied mix of holes, some tough par 3s and plenty bunkers to keep you focused. Nice sea views in places too - very enjoyable."

Luffness New Golf Club

Luffness New

Golfshake Rating: 4.73

Review Comment: "Course very dry and fiery playing like a true links. Greens in superb condition. Very friendly welcome from the staff and excellent food."


Musselburgh Golf Club

Golfshake Rating: 4.86

Review Comment: "It is the complete package. The setting, the welcome received, to the facilities, the course and a meal afterwards in the clubhouse and a drink on the terrace. Pure class and a chance to play where greats of the game have played."

Musselburgh Golf Club

Golfshake Rating: 4.36

Review Comment: "Excellent course with a good variety of holes, tree lined but decent way back so balls off centre have a reasonable chance of being found."

Musselburgh Links

Golfshake Rating: 3.58

Review Comment: "Reputed as oldest course in world. A must to play here. Two long par 3s, tight fairways, excellent greens."

North Berwick Golf Club

North Berwick

Golfshake Rating: 4.96

Review Comment: "Loved the course, the back nine stands out as one of if not the best stretches of golf I have played. Lots of quirky interesting holes that will live long in the memory."

The Renaissance Club

The Renaissance Club

Golfshake Rating: 5.00

Review Comment: "The whole experience is fantastic, you get a very warm welcome in the stunning clubhouse. The course is like a hybrid links and was very challenging into the wind."

Royal Musselburgh Golf Club

Golfshake Rating: 4.56

Review Comment: "Love this course, well laid out and in great condition, greens are in fantastic condition and if you can't putt on them there's something wrong with your putting. Can really recommend Royal Musselburgh."

Winterfield Golf Club

Golfshake Rating: 3.69

Review Comment: "The opening hole is a par 3 over a ravine and was over 200 yards. There were some lovely holes with great views."

For more information on Scotland's Golf Coast, please visit https://scotlandsgolfcoast.com/.

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