Golf at Dalmahoy dates back to the 1920s, but the fabulous manor house is much older. It was built in the late 1720s, for the Earl of Morton, and, in 1990, it was extended and converted into a hotel and country club.
The East course was designed by the great James Braid, and it’s set amongst 1,000 acres of rolling, wooded parkland. It’s a glorious setting, affording fine views of the nearby Pentland Hills. Dalmahoy has a mixed parkland and moorland feeling, with hilly ground in places. The slopes can make for some challenging lies.
This championship course is maintained immaculately, from tee to green, and it’s a significant test – just ask the American Solheim Cup team. Here, in 1992, Catrin Nilsmark sank the winning putt, famously sealing Solheim Cup victory for Europe – 11½ 6½. Measuring more than 6,800 yards from the back tees, par 73, the East is certainly no pushover.
There are some great holes to be played, especially on the back nine. The 17th, ominously named “The Wee Wrecker”, will test your skill and courage. It’s a heavily bunkered course, and this tough par three is no exception – five huge bunkers guard the green – a challenging and exacting tee-shot is required. Concentration is needed at the tree-lined 18th, a long par four. A solid, straight drive will leave a tough approach shot across a gorge to a well-bunkered green.
Dalmahoy Hotel & Country Club oozes class and we thoroughly recommend the stylish East course.
I played Dalmahoy East both before and after the renovation. It was in decent condition prior to the renovation but was not a very exciting golf course. The most memorable feature was that I thought the 16th was almost impossible.
After the renovation some years ago, it is a very long golf course but not in great condition. The back tees are now over 7300 yards and the next set of tees is over 6900 so choose your tee wisely!
There are numerous bunkers but I did not feel like they came into play very often. The green complexes are what one might expect for a resort course - just interesting enough but not overly done.
The fairways, although mainly tree lined, are very generous so you can swing away and not worry too often about a lost ball or having tree trouble.
There were a lot of good holes such as the starting hole, 3, 6, 9, 10, 11, 13 16 and 17. They are not exceptional but for a resort course they are good.
If the course is in good condition, this is a good course to play as a warm-up round to a golf trip or for a golf society day.