Lothians

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About

Formed in 1921, Lothians Golf Association is the largest of the 16 districts affiliated to the SGU with 69 clubs and 40 affiliates (playing on 66 courses) under their wing. Since the Scottish Area Team Championships were inaugurated in 1977, Lothians has enjoyed unparalleled success in the competition, winning it 13 times up until 2011.

While many focus on the golfing delights to be found on the north side of the Firth of Forth in the Kingdom of Fife, it should not be forgotten that the coastline on the other flank of the Firth is home to the largest concentration of links golf courses anywhere in the world, and they’re strung out like pearls in a necklace from Aberlady through to Dunbar.

Muirfield is the obvious star of the show in this region but a stellar supporting cast that includes the West course at North Berwick, Gullane No.1 and Dunbar ably backs it up. Watch out too for the trio of new private Dirleton courses – two at Archerfield and Renaissance Club – as they are all now offering limited pay and play opportunities at a price.

Our Lothians Best in Region rankings were last updated in August 2017. Click the link to read the story.

Top 100 Golf Courses - Lothians

Muirfield

1st Lothians - Best in Area

Muirfield is the course of “The Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers” (HCEG), the world’s oldest golf club – according to direct written evidence – formed in 1744.

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North Berwick (West)

2nd Lothians - Best in Area

The West Links at North Berwick Golf Club is an immensely enjoyable golf course, located on the Firth of Forth with stunning sea views across to Craigleith Island and Bass Rock.

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Renaissance Club

3rd Lothians - Best in Area

The Renaissance Club opened in April 2008 with future tournament golf in mind and it's Tom Doak's first Scottish course design.

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Gullane (No.1)

4th Lothians - Best in Area

Gullane Golf Club is blessed with the most exquisite turf – winter rules are not needed here. If you hit the No.1 course fairways, a perfect lie awaits, even in the depths of winter.

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Archerfield (Fidra)

5th Lothians - Best in Area

Situated between Gullane and North Berwick, the Fidra course at Archerfield Links has a contrasting mix of pine-flanked and traditional styled links holes.

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Dunbar

6th Lothians - Best in Area

Dunbar Golf Club is laid out on a narrow strip of land with the best holes hugging the rocky coastline affording resplendent views across the North Sea to Bass Rock, a huge volcanic lump rising up out of the water.

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Archerfield (Dirleton)

7th Lothians - Best in Area

Compared to the Fidra, the Dirleton course at Archerfield is a more traditional Scottish links with deep pot bunkers and sand dunes flanking each fairway.

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Gullane (No.2)

8th Lothians - Best in Area

Many prefer the No.2 at Gullane Golf Club to No.1 - it's a course of great variety and challenge...it was used for Open Championship Qualifying in 1980.

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Luffness New

9th Lothians - Best in Area

Luffness New Golf Club is the custodian of probably the oldest “new” golf course in the world, dating back to 1867.

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Kilspindie

10th Lothians - Best in Area

Although it's not long, Kilspindie Golf Club is everything that links golf should be. Step back in time and enjoy this true gem.

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Leaderboard

Rank Name Courses Reviewed
1 Jim McCann Courses Reviewed 31
2 Jim Robertson Courses Reviewed 21
3 Martin Jordan Courses Reviewed 18
4 Ed Battye Courses Reviewed 16
5 David McIntosh Courses Reviewed 11
6 David Worley Courses Reviewed 11
7 Dan Hare Courses Reviewed 10
8 oscar balhuizen Courses Reviewed 9
9 Warren Courses Reviewed 8
10 Hamish Wilson Courses Reviewed 8