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Musselburgh Links

Balcarres Road, Musselburgh, EH21 7SB
Telephone: 0131 665 5438
Fax: 0131 665 5438


Par 34 Gents, 2954 yards
Par 36 Ladies, 2734

Special Feature:

Visitors can hire hickory clubs to experience the game as it used to be.


Musselburgh Links, The Old Course, is a nine hole, par 34 links golf course, located in the heart of Musselburgh, surrounded by Musselburgh Racecourse.

The historic golf course was an original Open Championship venue hosting this competition on six occasions between 1874 and 1889.  Musselburgh Links is reputed to be the oldest playing golf course in the world.Musselburgh Golf Course

For a unique golfing experience, you can hire hickory golf clubs and play the game as it was in The Old Golf Course's heyday.  Further information is available from the Starter.


  • Practice area
  • Club and trolley hire (hickory clubs are available)
  • Changing/shower facilities
  • Bar/lounge available for groups on request

Course Details

  • Established 1672
  • Category Links
  • Holes 9
  • Par 34
  • Length in Yards 2954
  • Course SSS 34

Course Prices 2015

Credit Cards

Visa, Mastercard, Maestro, Delta


Visitors welcome every day.


Please telephone to check availability.


Three miles from Edinburgh on the A1. Follow signs for Musselburgh Race Course.

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A Great Experience

Do yourself a favour and play the links. We have come to Scotland 6 times and played the links on 5 occasions. Rent the hickories and you'll really enjoy the round. If you are there during racing season, take in a race. You'll have a great time! Von

Reviewed by Vaughn Perusse from Canada on 27 October 2013

A Memory To Cherish - 3yrs Ago

My two Sons and Brother still reminisce. Probably our greatest golf memory and to allow the Club Captain to play through and then get an invite into the historic clubhouse afterwards . . . . . . WOW. Seeing the original rules of golf and the drain pipe. Thank you very very much.

Reviewed by Gary LeCraw from Canada on 06 November 2012

Support This Piece Of History

I played the course some years ago, and found it an interesting test, were thought and imagination will outperform length. Considering its historical significance, it is unfortunate that the race course is so intrusive(and I'm a big racing fan). Given the cost of playing here, it represents great value for money and was in reasonable condition. Go and play it, and keep this course on the golfing map.

Reviewed by Paul Skeates from United Kingdom on 10 May 2007

Great fun.

Played the Old Links in June of '04. Nine holes with the hickories and nine with our modern clubs. What a treat! If you are going to Scotland, plan on playing The Links.

Reviewed by Stan McDaniel from United States of America on 08 July 2004

Great historic course

I was a bit disappointed when my friend told me that our round of golf on Scotland's most historic course was to be at Musselburgh and not St Andrews but I'm glad I still went along with his offer. Not perhaps the most challenging of courses with modern clubs it was still a most enjoyable day and I think next time we will give the Hickory clubs they have on hire a shot to get the really authentic feel. Wonderful welcome from the very knowledgable starter.

Reviewed by Keith Miller from Scotland on 12 December 2002