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North Berwick Golf Club

Beach Road, North Berwick, EH39 4BB
Telephone: 01620 892135
Fax: 01620 893274

Email: secretary@northberwickgolfclub.com
Website: www.northberwickgolfclub.com

Par 71 Gents, 6458 yards
Par 74 Ladies, 5749 yards

Special Feature:

The par three 15th, ‘Redan’, copied across the world, is 192 yards long with bunkers and sloping green protecting the pin.

Description:

An Open qualifying venue which is one of the best and most scenic links courses in Scotland with views over the Isle of May, the islands of Fidra and Craigleith, the Bass Rock and across the Forth to Fife. The course is sprinkled with top-notch holes and rewards strategy and guile rather than power hitting.

Facilities

  • Putting green and practice area
  • Pro shop – tuition available
  • Club and trolley hire
  • Caddies available – book in advance
  • Changing/shower facilities
  • Bar/lounge and restaurant

Course Details

  • Established 1832
  • Category Links
  • Holes 18
  • Gents Par 71, 6458 yards
  • Ladies Par 74, 5749 yards
  • Course SSS 72

Course Prices 2014

Credit Cards

Visa, Mastercard, Maestro, Delta

Visitors

Welcome from 10am to 4pm Mon-Fri, 12 noon onwards Sat-Sun. Handicap certificates required.

Booking

Must book in advance.

Directions

Take the A198 into North Berwick and look for signs for the West Links, close to town centre.

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Reviews



True Golfing Gem

If your in the East Lothian area playing golf you just have to visit the West Links. From the moment you arrive and the welcome from the starter the day just gets better. The course is superb with big greens and fairly wide fairways, green staff who were working on the course whilst we played were very polite and stopped their work whilst you played (as not to spoil your enjoyment). The eastly wind made the back 9 very tough and talking to the secretary is not the prevailing wind direction, hence some very low stroke indexs on the front 9, so if the wind is easterly make your score on the front 9. This course is not the cheapest in the area but is without doubt the best you will play unless you go to Muirfield !! Not to be missed - a must play

Reviewed by Nik Hayward from England on 06 June 2012

Quite Simply Magnificent

24 years ago, my wife and I stayed at the Marine Hotel for a belated honeymoon. I happened to notice that there was a golf course on the doorstep and with a set of clubs lent to me by David Huish(so you can tell how long it has been), I ventured out on what was my very first experience of a FULL SIZED golf course. I started out on my own, but soon caught up with 2-ball husband and wife, who it turned out lived about 3 miles away from me in the midlands. I went round in 90 and it was only when I returned the clubs to the pro that I found out it was an Open qualifying course. Have never had the opportunity to play it again, but if I only had 1 round of golf left in my body, this is where I would want to play

Reviewed by Nirmal Singh from England on 15 July 2010

Quality

Played this course many years ago (even got a hole in 1 at the 4th)and it is still as superb as ever. Demanding course with every conceivable hazard out there (walls to water)and you can see why it is one of the qualifying round courses for the British open at Muirfield. The views are beautiful. A real classic links course with bags of history. An absolute must,if in the area with clubs in the boot of your car!

Reviewed by Mike - Cornwall from United Kingdom on 06 September 2008

Nb

beautiful course and views + greens are awesome

Reviewed by chris from Scotland on 12 April 2008

Pure Gem

Finally decided to play here after three years of visiting North Berwick. Surpassed all our expectations with the friendliness of the staff and the condition of the course. Golf does not come any better than this, althaugh slightly breezy on the day, the course was magnificent.

Reviewed by richard stokoe from United Kingdom on 12 September 2007

Just A Short Walk From Lorne Lane!

We have had the pleasure of renting a flat on Lorne Lane on 3 different occassions. It is great fun to walk from there to the West Course. One of the finest Links courses I have ever played. Sam the starter has always gone out of his way to make a couple of Americans feel welcome. Be sure and stop here if you have a chance. Cheers for now.

Reviewed by Floyd Cummins from United States of America on 12 September 2007

You Won't Be Disappointed!

for the past four years, i have arranged trips to scotland, and this is by far one of the best courses we have ever played. from the warm welcome that greeted us from the starter to the even warmer one in the clubhouse after, we were not disappointed. the course itself held up to our expectations. after a nervous start on the first we settled down to the task at hand. the holes and views were spectacular, and we even went for the green on the 18th. this course is a must play if you are in the area. believe me you won't be disapponted.

Reviewed by stephen watson from Wales on 25 July 2007

Perfection

We played on what was classed by locals as a wee breezy day,the condition of the whole course was a pleasure, from tee to green. The condition of the course is beautifully complimented by its stunning surroundings, with some fantastic views both inland and out to sea. A definite must play for anyone visiting Scotland, even if the local weather report was a little understated! Congratulations to all at North Berwick.

Reviewed by David Crone from England on 19 June 2006

Golf Heaven

What a great course. Ive been to Scotland 4 times and this is my favorite. Ive played all over Scotland and though I really love Royal Dornoch, for the first time golf visitor to Scotland, head to east Lothian. From one spot (The Marine Hotel or Grey Walls if you have the money) you can play Muirfield, Gullane(s), Dunbar and the gem is North Berwick. In doing so, this avoids driving/flying all over the country. It's also nice to play a course twice and West Links at Berwick deserves at least two rounds.

Reviewed by Peter from United States of America on 22 May 2006

What a beauty !!

This is links at it's very best. Weather was superb . No wind so no excuses. Played with great company. A delight to play.

Reviewed by Steve Williams from England on 11 January 2006

had the priviledge of playing 36 holes on 16/09/05 with my son. Playing off Hcap of 4 I finished 3,3,2 on 16,17 and 18 and thought I was a Pro. My son playing off 6 H cap started afternoon 3,3,3 in a strong Northerly breeze. We both really enjoyed the course with magnificent greens and beautiful scenery . Would recommend this course to anyone who enjoys links golf. As was typical the wind was against on the front 9 and had changed to be also against on way in. We were made welcome from the moment we are arrived as the front doorman explained everything to us to enable us enjoy our day. Also a special mention to the starter

Reviewed by brendansheehan from Ireland on 19 September 2005

fantastic

When Robert Jones said he would be happy to play The Old Course for the rest of his life he had not been to Nth Berwick West. The most ineresting course I have ever played and on top of that, challenging.

Reviewed by norris smith from Australia on 19 August 2005

The Pit hole and the Redan are a must!!

North Berwick is an outstanding links course!! I had the pleasure of playing North Berwick and was impressed by array of shots that were required to navigate yourself around this great track! The Pit hole #13, and the Redan, #15 hole were special. But so were #1, #16 and #17!!! Not a bad hole on the entire golf course. The green on #14 is unbelieveable. The back 9 is truly spectacular!!! I am taking a group of 20 friends back and have already made arrangements to play North Berwick. It is a must play for the real golfer.

Reviewed by Steve Johnson, PGA of America from United States of America on 07 August 2005

SIMPLY THE BEST.

I had the fortunate opportunity to play this course in the East Lothian Open in 2004. Without a doubt one of the finest courses you will ever set foot upon. No hole is the same and the standard of the greens, considering their size, is magnificent. I have played many links courses up in the Northern end of England and Scotland but this is the "THE PREMIER" venue. It oozes class both on and off course and no matter how much the green fee, it is top value.

Reviewed by STEVE GORDON from England on 10 March 2005

Best I've ever played

I was fortunate to recently (October 2004) play the West Links at North Berwick, on a brief visit to Edinburgh. Upon first playing this truly historic and magnificent links, I experienced the true feel of Scottish golf in gale force winds and intermittent rain, with my score reflecting the conditions, the awesome challenge posed by the layout of the holes (and many blind shots), as well as the sad fact that my best golf had apparently not accompanied me across the Atlantic. A few days later I was delighted to play the Old Course at St Andrews, in similar conditions and, sadly, an identical score. Two days later, for my final game in Scotland, I returned to North Berwick with the sincere opinion that the West Links surpasses anything offered by the Old Course. While the weather the second time around was perfect, it was also clear how easily my par on Redan on the first visit had changed to a 5 after finding the first of the bunkers off the tee. I wholeheartedly agree with other visitors' comments: this is the best I've ever played, and I hope to back some day. I'll go so far as to say that, when one day I leave this earth to play the great courses in the hereafter, I would want to have my ashes scattered on the green at no. 13 ('The Pit'), in that little piece of heaven between wall and sea.

Reviewed by Andre Louw from South Africa on 15 December 2004

True test of links golf

I recently returned from Scotland and had the wonderful experience to play the West course twice. On both occasions I played with local members. This helped me navigate the course as well as learn about the history of the course and the area. This is one course that you could play day in and out for enjoyment. I highly reccomend it!

Reviewed by Doug Ward from United States of America on 14 July 2004

A special place

From the sunken pro shop to the fantastic layout playing back & forth along the coastline, everything here is first rate. Not to be missed!

Reviewed by Mark Ernest from United States of America on 12 July 2004

Still my #1 pick second time around!

Last August I had my first trip to Scotland. I was fortunate enough to play Carnoustie, St. Andrews old and new, Gullane 1 and 2, and North Berwick. I am returning to Scotland this May and have one day to golf alone without my higher handicap traveling mates. I have been faced with no easier choice in my life. I am returning to North Berwick. This is the finest test of golf I have ever been faced with.

Reviewed by Glenn Williamson from United States of America on 08 May 2004

Fantastic

Myself and twenty-other golfers agree with them, North Berwick is the best golf course I have ever played. Better than the Brabazon, Wentworth, St Andrews etc. Words cannot describe.

Reviewed by Coddy from England on 04 July 2003

Forget Gullane, forget Luffness, forget even Muirfield. If you want Links golf at its purest, play North Berwick. It blows you away.

Reviewed by David Greenshields from United Kingdom on 14 May 2003

Bob Burton

In 2000, my wife sent our son and me to play some of the great courses of Scotland as a celebration of my 60th birthday.A highlight was teeing off on the Old Course at St. Andrews on my actual birthday. However, we enjoyed no course more than North Berwick. I can remember most of the holes like it was yesterday.Nairn, Royal Dornoch, Royal Troon, Western Gailes,and Turnberry are other courses that we played.If we could play three again, they would be the two northern courses, Nairn and Dornoch, and North Berwick . We were made to feel very welcome. I'll never forget being told as we entered the clubhouse, "Good morning , gentlemen, you are members here at North Berwick for the day." I was pleased to see and hear ABC TV give so much attention to North Berwick during their coverage of The 2002 Open. It was well deserved.

Reviewed by Bob Burton from Scotland on 09 December 2002

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