North Berwick Golf Club
Edinburgh & East Lothian, Scotland
North Berwick Golf Club overview
Originally founded in 1832, North Berwick Golf Club is the 13th oldest golf club in the world, although it did take time for the full 18-hole West Links course to fully evolve. The final major extension to the course was in 1932, stretching it to over 6500 yards which is what is enjoyed to this day.
Regularly ranked in the top 10 best courses in Scotland and top 50 in the world, the West Links at North Berwick is an unforgettable experience along Scotland’s Golf Coast and only a short drive from the country’s capital city Edinburgh.
After successfully navigating your way through Home, the aptly named 18th hole, make yourself comfortable in the clubhouse which dates back to 1879.
West Links Course overview
The West Links at North Berwick Golf Club is a par-71 measuring just over 6500 yards. A classic links situated east of Edinburgh along Scotland’s Golf Coast, the course starts in town and stretches along the Firth of Forth shores on land raised above sea level, providing breathtaking coastal views and of the surrounding Fife Hills.
Unlike so many punishing links courses, North Berwick is not too long and prides itself on its fast play, consequently the rough is kept relatively short. Instead, its defence is all kinds of humps and hollows and burns, deep bunkers and stonewalls.
Be sure to look across to Bass Rock, a huge volcanic rock rising over 300 feet from the Firth of Forth, where approximately 10% of the world’s population of Atlantic Gannets live.
The stretch of three holes from number 13 to 15 are what the West Links is best known for. The 13th is called ‘Pit’ and is a short par-4 requiring an imaginative shot to a sunken green behind a wall. 14 is called ‘Perfection’ and as the name suggests, requires two perfect shots to hit the green. Be sure to look across to Bass Rock which is home to one of the world’s largest gannet populations. ‘Redan’ is the name given to 15, which is a testing par-3 with a vast hidden gully at the front right of the large, steeply sloping green.
Did You Know?
North Berwick also has a 9-hole par-3 children’s course called The Wee Course, which was established in 1888 as the ‘Ladies’ Links’. Green fees are kept to a minimum to encourage children to take up the game, and adults are also allowed to play it…but only if accompanied by a child.
Accommodation near North Berwick Golf Club
No. 12 Hotel & Bistro
No.12 is a family-owned and operated 11-bedroom hotel with bistro-style restaurant onsite. Located in the center of North Berwick and a great base for any East Lothian golf trip.
Marine North Berwick
A beautiful Victorian hotel overlooking the West Links at North Berwick and Firth of Forth beyond. With luxurious guestrooms, dining options and a spa onsite. Perfect base for golf trips.
Hotel du Vin Edinburgh
A superb period property dating back to 1743, the Hotel du Vin is ideally located in the heart of Edinburgh. The likes of Muirfield, Gullane and North Berwick are all less than an hour away.
Rusacks St Andrews
The Rusacks Hotel is one of the best properties in St Andrews. Recently improved to become a 5-star venue and situated overlooking the 18th hole of the Old Course, staying here is a real treat.
The Nether Abbey Hotel
A high-class 3-star property located in North Berwick just 45 minutes east of Edinburgh. With 12 recently refurbished guestrooms and known for its excellent service and great locally sourced food.
The Ardgowan in St Andrews is a 36-room family-run, 3-star hotel in the center of town. A popular spot for golfers, this hotel is just a short walk from the 1st tee of the famed Old Course.