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 usually nicely maintained 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 solid holes to be played, especially on the back nine. The 17th, ominously named “The Wee Wrecker”, will test your skill and courage. The East is 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.
Despite the weather forecast threatening heavy showers we manage to dodge it and had near perfect conditions for most of the round. A real Braid fan this is has to be up there with his greatest work, truly tremendous. The final stretch of 6 holes are near perfect with 13 and 14 as good a holes as I've played. The condition was very fittingly tremendous, greens amazing and throughout manicured provided for a near perfect round. Never really heard many outstanding reviews prior to playing but this is one seriously good course.
It's really long. There are some interesting holes and interesting greens, but a lot of bland holes that all merge into one.
It's been in good condition whenever I've played it. My driving has always been on form too - this is essential because it's really long (I might have mentioned that already).
A pleasant resort 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.
Hi Mark, I was wondering what were the major changes they made? I can see that the tight 13th and 14th are def new holes, and relaxing after our round, it looked like the current 18th played to a green shorter and left - suggesting 2 holes were scrapped across the new extended 18th and onto the par 3 course. My GPS suggested that that current 16th hole was much longer?
I played it at the weekend and thoroughly enjoyed it. Long - yes, but generous. Was in great condition. Greens quick but true. Some difficult pin positions too!
Stewart, the East course underwent a £1m overhaul in 2005, which involved the introduction of two new holes (#13 and #14), new back tees and a bunker refurbishment. Ross McMurray of European Golf Design conducted the work.