We played Royal Musselburgh last year during our trip visiting the Lothians. I picked the course because of all the stories about the history of the golf club, and of course the trophy (of which a copy is on display in the clubhouse), being one of the oldest trophies in the world still being competed for.
Royal Musselburgh moved to the current venue around 1925, so the current venue has less historic value than the golf club itself. Although the old Prestongrange House must be one of the most impressive clubhouses to be found (with the most peculiar pro-shop attached to it....).
On our day of play it was pretty busy, and the starter asked if we had any trouble teaming up with another two ball. It was the start of a long, long walk that took away most of the fun. Taking more than 5 hours to finish this course is no fun.
I remember the course as and old fashioned parkland course (relatively short, narrow and straight with simple greens) with very fast greens. It must have been much more fun if we could have walked it at our own pace.
If you rate the history of the club, it will be an easy 5 star rating, if you rate the golf venue as such, it scores average.
Date: June 07, 2017