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: 22
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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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