Glen - Lothians - Scotland

Glen Golf Club,
East Links,
Tantallon Terrace,
North Berwick,
East Lothian,
EH39 4LE,
Scotland


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  • From North Berwick, follow signs to East Links Golf Course

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Jim McCann originally nominated the Glen Golf Club as a gem back in 2005. Since then the course has made our Scottish Top 100 rankings which we published in 2009. The following passage is an extract of Jim’s original article from 2005.

I have lost count of the number of times that I have played at a club that lives in the shadow of a nearby ‘must-play’ course and come away thinking ‘what a golf course that is.’ The Glen Golf Club in North Berwick is a prime example.

The west course at North Berwick, just a couple of long drives away, gets all the plaudits in this neck of the woods but the east links of The Glen deserves recognition as a cracking alternative venue. Because most of the course is played on a cliff top, the views across the Firth of Forth to Bass rock and the island of Fidra, then beyond to the Kingdom of Fife, are a magnificent backdrop to the terrain over which the 18 holes are laid out.

Nine of the twelve par four holes are less than 400 yards so the layout will not tax you for length. Rough off the fairway is often long, wispy grass so you can cut loose with your driver off most tee boxes. Greens are not overly undulating or raised with run offs to throw slightly miss-hit shots away from the pin.

There is a holiday feel to playing here with so many people nearby relaxing along the beaches or walking along the hill paths. The signature par three 13th hole ‘Sea Hole’ which hugs the coast may be the one most advertised by the club but what a driving hole awaits a few holes later at the last when the elevation drops a hundred feet or more at ‘Jacob’s Ladder’ down to the green by the clubhouse – a thrilling, exhilarating way to end a great round of golf.


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Description: Glorious coastal views complement the delightful North Berwick East Links - Glen Golf Club is a true gem. Rating: 6.3 out of 10 Reviews: 19
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Terry Parker
My first experience of cliff top golf and I loved it. Superb value winter fees at a reduced rate of £30 with no restrictions such as preferred lies. Things get really exciting around the turn and aesthetically the course steps up a gear. A truly inviting tee shot at the 18th with spectacular background views. Well worth the 120 mile round trip and I would have no hesitation returning.
December 07, 2009
6 / 10
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B.G. Donaldson
I'm not sure the Glen is on most of the traveling Americans' itineraries, but we were happy it was on ours. We stayed in North Berwick for five nights and played many of the nearby famous and great courses, but we began with the Glen and were not disappointed. The conditions were difficult, very windy and we got soaked for about forty-five minutes.By the time we got to 13 tee, one was happy if the tee shot landed on dry ground and could be found and played. The course, despite the difficult conditions, was fun to play, and the views, once the squall left, were spectacular. Afterwards, we arranged catering in the clubhouse, and the staff was very accommodating and friendly and provided us with a good meal. If you're nearby, play the Glen.
October 21, 2009
6 / 10
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Aaron
Stunning views of the Firth of Forth, the town and beach. We enjoyed beautiful sunny calm weather when we T'eed off, and the guy in the pro shop told use that 'we'd be in for a treat'. And he wasn't wrong. There are some really fun holes. The first hole has a green that is at the top of a hill, the 13th which is a short par 3 is a blind t shot. You have to hit somewhere at the rock pools that suround the green and hope you hit it! the 18th is stunning. It seems unfair to mention just three holes!! The wind can really kick in and, even on a calm day. I thought the green fees were reasonable at £37 for the quality of course and club house. Needless to say I thoroughly enjoyed my time there and I will definatly go back.
August 07, 2009
8 / 10
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Ian Smith
The Glen has many things going for it, although as a test of golf I was left a little underwhelmed. The settng looking out over the Firth of Forth is absolutely stunning, as are the views over the picturesque town of North Berwick. It is not really in the same league as its West Links neighbour but few courses are. There is no real challenge off the tees, with generous fairways meaning only a horror drive will be severely penalised. For me, there are too many bland holes but I have to say the conditioning of the course for mid-December was absolutely fantastic. I would have been happy to putt on these greens in mid-summer, while it was also good to play the course at its full length. The best stretch of golf is the 12th to the 15th which most closely resemble links golf. Elsewhere, it is more parkland in nature. There is an excellent modern clubhouse aswell. It's a good course for holida golf and social outings but for a real test of East Lothian's best head to the West Links and Gullane.
December 12, 2008
6 / 10
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Martin Jordan
I have to be honest here and say that this is one of my favourite courses. I absolutely adore it and, although it doesn’t have the kudos of its illustrious neighbour it’s a fine golf course with a good mix of holes which test and delight. The first hole is a strong par 4 which sees you climbing up to an elevated green. This is reversed with the 18th being an elevated tee heading down to a distant green in front of the clubhouse. This sounds fairly bland but I assure you if you take time on the 18th tee to survey all around you will not be disappointed. Infact, that can be said for the rest of the course because the scenery here is simply breathtaking. Pick of the holes is the 13th for me. Simply named “Sea Hole” it is only 130 yards from the yellows to the green, The hole has often been described as Pebble Beachesque. If all of the above isn’t enough to tempt you then may I suggest that you go to the Club’s web page and read what other people say about this wee beauty and if that doesn’t entice you, then nothing will . Mppj
June 27, 2008
6 / 10
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michael logue
After playing North Berwick and Gullane 1+2 the Glen was a fantastic way to end 3 glorious days of golf, we were told the condition of glen would not be great, we found it to be in first class condition and a good challenge and outstanding value, less than half the price of Gullane 1 with twice the views. If visiting here you obviously must play North Berwick it is a great but don't miss The Glen.
June 22, 2007
6 / 10
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michael ball
played the glen 2 times (twice in a day) and the first day was not the best couldnt see the firth of fourth and we got soaked on the first 4 holes, but liked it very much and my mate angus got us on for £7 both times. then played there 2 weeks later and the sun was out i have to say it is the most spectacular place to play on a clear day, we finally got a glimpse of bass rock and i havent even mentioned the course, the greens were a bit furry but when they get quick it would very scary indeed especially if the wind gets up. from the 13th to the spectacular 18th it pure golfing heaven thanks to all our friends at the glen for a great time and enjoy your new clubhouse, will be back for sure.
September 10, 2006
8 / 10
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Jim Robertson
A prime example of a good, honest Scottish golf links, the Glen is not in the same class as its neighbour (the West) but most enjoyable for all that. It has a couple of excellent holes - the 12th and short 13th - and the 1st and 18th are great fun. Throw in the lovely views and good condition and the Glen will give you a fine day out.
May 01, 2006
6 / 10
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David
This is wonderful holiday golf. The course starts down near the beach at the east end of town and the first gets you on top of the cliffs! After you drive its a wedge (or series of wedges) up to a birds nest of a green hidden above you. After that the rest of the course meanders up on top of the cliffs until of course you get to drive from the cliff top back down to the club house on 18! The views from the top of the cliffs muct be some of the best in golf. From the first tee you can see all along the North Berwick coast for miles stretching to the West Course and beyond. Behind you is the North Berwick Law (the little granite mountain that dominates the sky line) and then out accross the sea is the impressive edifice of the North Berwick Rock. The top looks white and its covered in a multitude of sea birds. The golf itself is gentle but deceptively tricky. Its not long but requires accuracy to avoid the bunkers and rough that can be punishing in places. Most of the time though you can relax, enjoy the views and get out your driver. If you come to North Berwick by all means play and love the West Course but to miss this gem alongside it would be an act of unforgivable folly. Its a wonderful holiday romp.
February 09, 2006
10 / 10
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