Situated close to the city centre in a leafy and exclusive part of Edinburgh lies one of Scotland's oldest and most celebrated parkland courses. For much of its long history this most private of member's clubs has undoubtedly shied away from attracting visitors but, thankfully, attitudes have changed in recent years with the club adopting a more welcoming stance to the travelling golfer.
The spirit of modernisation has even extended to a programme of course alterations and bunker renovation drawn up by leading golf course architect Tom Mackenzie , something not seen at Bruntsfield for over 40 years. Ground work is being carried out by the experienced Sussex based 1st Golf Construction who were responsible for two excellent new holes on the Dunluce course at Royal Portrush in readiness for the Open Championship.
A handful of bunkers had already been dug out at the time of my recent visit and three new greens were beginning to take shape. Some of the most noticeable changes include extending the current 13th into a par-5 which removes the current short 12th in its entirety, a new green and tees on the 11th, a completely re-routed 17th with a new, much lower, green complex and the introduction of a great looking new 16th hole. Played over water, this is likely become the best par-3 on the course.
Currently a four ball ranking but that could easily rise to a five ball come next summer when the work is complete. Luckily for us the club lunch was recommended in advance, don't miss it under any circumstances. Brian W
Date: October 04, 2017