If there are two things we Scots are famed for, it is our golf and our whisky. So when it comes to things to do in Edinburgh, great golf courses and fabulous single malts are never in short supply. But if you don’t fancy a tipple, teeing off on a championship green is the perfect way to take a break from the cobbled streets of Edinburgh and make the most of the great Scottish outdoors. Set between the lowland hills and the Firth of Forth, just a stone’s throw away from the legendary Old Course in St Andrews, golf courses in Edinburgh are on par with the best in the world. And to help you take in a few rounds during your stay, we thought we would share a few of our favourite golf courses in Edinburgh.
Bruntsfield Links is one of the most prestigious golf courses in Edinburgh. Founded in 1761, the Bruntsfield Link Society is the fourth oldest in the world. The course is situated just six miles north of the city in beautiful Scottish parkland, and offers some of the best views of the breath-taking Firth of Forth. Not only is Bruntsfield Links a beautiful golf course in Edinburgh, it is a favourite with golfing pros, and has been selected as a Qualifying Venue for the Open Championship.
Duddingston Golf Club
If teeing off in one of the most scenic golf courses in Edinburgh sounds like a treat, then Duddingston Golf Club is for you. Set to the east of the city in the shadow of Arthur’s Seat, Duddingston is one of the most scenic parkland courses within the Lothians. Open to members and non-members alike, its challenging design, meandering Braid Burn and stunning facilities have been known to delight golfers of all handicaps.
Prestonfield Golf Club
A little closer to home, a mere 1.5 miles from the hustle and bustle of Edinburgh’s Princes Street, is Prestonfield Golf Club. A beautifully designed, challenging course in stunning parkland to the south of the city, Prestonfield is the perfect place to test your golfing skills. Open all year round, it is always a favourite among golf courses in Edinburgh.
Mortonhall Golf Club
Don’t visit our capital and miss the opportunity to play golf at Edinburgh’s oldest existing club, Mortonhall Golf Club in the city suburbs. It’s over six and a half thousand yards of peaceful fairways and carefully manicured greens. The players that call this club their own are welcoming to visitors, and if you ask at the clubhouse you’ll often find someone happy to tee-off with you.
Silverknowes Golf Club
Silverknowes occupies a fabulous position just on the northern edge of the city, overlooking the Firth of Forth. The views are absolutely lovely, but you’ll find the course testing on windy days as the westerly sea breeze is rarely anything less than a gale. After playing this course, head to the waterfront at Leith to enjoy a walk along cobbled streets and an ice cream overlooking the harbour.
Carrick Knowe Golf Course
For the perfect family day out in Edinburgh, enjoy a round at the Carrick Knowe Golf Course just west of the city centre. This city-operated course has a private golf club attached but is open to visitors. It also happens to be located within walking distance of the fabulous Edinburgh Zoo, popular for its pandas and penguins, and great for a family city break.
So there you have it. Great golf courses in Edinburgh every golfer needs to play when visiting Scotland’s vibrant capital city. Once you’ve booked your tee time, book your accommodation in Edinburgh with the Parliament House Hotel.