Golf Vacations Scotland The Links Club

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East Lothian Tour

Golf Courses Played: Gullane No. 2, North Berwick, Muirfield, Gullane No. 1, Dunbar, Archerfield 

Accomodation: 4 Star Hotel B&B Accomodation at Channings Hotel, Edinburgh Collection

Guide Price - Self Drive: £1350 (based on 8 golfers)

Included: Rental Vehicle, Comprehensive Tour Management Service, 4 nights B&B, 6 Rounds of Golf.

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Itinerary:

Day 1

Arrive into Edinburgh Airport and be welcomed by a Links Club representative who will guide you to your car rental pick up point or introduce you to your driver. Your representative will assist you in getting to your first destination. Travel and play golf at Gullane No2 course. Travel back to Edinburgh and check into Channing's Hotel, part of the Edinburgh Collection of Hotels. While you stay in Edinburgh you have the opportunity to explore one of the most loved and popular cities of Europe. A really fun and vibrant city with so much entertainment at night, it really is a great opportunity to enjoy the night life, whether it be culture or clubs and bars.

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Day 2

Drive to and play North Berwick and then return to Edinburgh. The capital city has so much to offer, so this is a chance to make the most of the sights and restaurants. Travel time around 45 minutes. One of our favourite restaurants to send golfing guests is the Shore in Leith.

Day 3

Drive to and play Muirfield, the Open championship course, travel time around 40 minutes, andhave one of the best value lunches in golf, alongside some fine Claret and Club cocktails. Good practice facilities at Muirfield so you should take advantage of that option. You can play afoursomes match in the afternoon, and then return home to your Hotel in the city.

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Day 4

Travel and play Gullane no1 course, around 40 minutes from the Hotel, and then perhaps take in the Malt whisky society in Leith on your way back to your hotel. This could be an extra for your trip, and we can organise a dinner and tasting session if you would like.

Day 5

Travel and play Dunbar, allowing 60 minutes to get there. Dunbar is due South of the other four courses you will have played.

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Day 6

Travel and play Archerfield golf course, and then return for dinner in Edinburgh.

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Accomodation:

Channings From the Edinburgh Collection

Channings 4 star Hotel in Edinburgh is an informal, relaxed hotel with a very friendly approach. To suit its location slightly away from Edinburgh city centre, Channings is a wonderfully quirky property which feels like a Scottish country home full of charming Victorian paintings, prints, books, furniture and memorabilia.

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One of the Channings townhouses, 14 South Learmonth Gardens, was home to Sir Ernest Shackleton, the Antarctic explorer, while he was secretary of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society between 1904 and 1910. We have named our top-floor Edinburgh hotel suites after Shackleton and his fellow adventurers, and are proud to display prints of black-and-white photographs that were taken on the expeditions, and a copy of a journey planner.

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The Courses

Dunbar

Dunbar Golf Course is laid out on a thin strip of land with the best holes clinging to the rocky coastline.  As you play along the course, the views cross the North Sea to the Bass Rock and the ever-changing light on this volcanic lump, affords some resplendent and spectacular views.  The club was formed in 1856 with only 15 holes laid out, and in 1894 Old Tom Morris was called in to alter and to further extend the course.  Dunbar is a relatively short course, 6597 yards from the medal tees but the wind will almost definitely make the round a huge but entertaining challenge.


North Berwick

North Berwick’s West Links stands out as one of the gems of Scottish golf.  It has taken some time to evolve in to the course we see today.  Its formation started in 1842 and the last alterations to the layout we see today were carried out under the supervision of Ben Sayers in 1932.  There are three holes for which the West Links is best known:  the 13th “Pitt” is a short par 4 calling for an imaginative approach shot to a green behind a wall.  If you look west and see the view to Fidra, this is the view that is thought to have inspired Treasure Island written by Robert Louis Stevenson.  The next best-known hole is the 14th or “Perfection” because it requires two perfect shots to hit the green and is combined with a sublime view to the Bass Rock.  And finally the last hole of repute is the 15th or “Redan” which has been copied many times on other courses.  It is a testing par 3 played to a large steeply sloping green, with a vast hidden gully to the right front of the green, this hole plays every bit of the length of the yardage chart.

 

Gullane no 2

Gullane no 2 is the sister course to Gullane no 1 and was first laid down in 1899 by Willie Park Jr., the then current Open Champion.  For some distance, Gullane no 2 runs parallel to the no 1 course.  As with the no 1 course the player climbs up to the top of Gullane Hill and is met with the same inspiring views as on no 1.  Whilst the no 2 course is indeed shorter, it is nonetheless as equally challenging and, as with all three courses, is immaculately presented.  The overriding sensation of playing golf at Gullane is the sense of a huge vista of views and this translates in to an inspiring round of golf.  If you want to play 36 holes in one day, the no 2 course followed by the no 1 is indeed one of the most worthy challenges in Scotland.

 

Muirfield

Golf was first played at Muirfield in 1891 on 18 holes laid out by Old Tom Morris.  Over a period of 30 years the land was drained and the sandy areas were seeded and cultivated.  Consequently Muirfield hosted the first Open Championship to be played over 72 holes in 1892 and then again in 1896.  In 1932, a further 50 acres were secured to the north of the course and a renowned course designer, Harry Colt, was consulted and he effectively produced the 18 holes that we see today.  He introduced 14 new holes that included the now well known two loops of nine, one played within the other in the opposite direction.  This is the design that made Muirfield one of the best and one of the most challenging golf courses in the world.  It is still regarded as such today even in the modern era of long hitting professionals.  Currently, advice and a review is being carried out by golf architect Martin Hawtree and a number of recommendations, mainly with regard to bunkering, are presently being implemented.

 My first game of golf was at Muirfield playing with my father who was a member and consequently I had many other wonderful golf experiences there, not least the famous lunches!

 

Gullane no 1

Gullane is a small town southeast of Edinburgh, steeped in golfing history and it has no fewer than five golf courses surrounding its village boundary.  The world-renowned Muirfield belonging to The Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers, is just one of these courses.  Gullane no 1 is the first and premier course for Gullane Golf Club and is regarded in its own right as a significant test of golf.  Once the first two holes have been negotiated, the player will move out onto the top of Gullane Hill which is where the real test begins.  A series of challenging golf holes and a gradual climb to the top of Gullane Hill leaves the player standing on the 7th tee with a magnificent 360-degree view of the courses that are situated around the village.  Immediately behind you can see the hallowed turf of Muirfield, straight ahead you can see the Froth Railway Bridge and the capital city, and looking due west you can see the no 2 course, and in the distance the new Luffness.  Gullane no 1 is also a final qualifying course for The Open when held at Muirfield.  With North Berwick and Dunbar within easy travelling distance, there is plenty of golf to be played in this area.  

 

Archerfield

Archerfield is a magnificent estate situated between Gullane and North Berwick in picturesque East Lothian. With Grade I listed Archerfield House lying at its heart, the land affords magnificent views of Fidra Island and the Fife coastline beyond. With its distinctive lighthouse and whitewashed stonework, it comes as little surprise that Fidra was the inspiration for Robert Louis Stevenson's famous book, Treasure Island.
Named after the archers of King Edward I who pitched their tents here during the English invasion of 1298, Archerfield estate has a fascinating story to tell. With names like the Earl of Ruthven, Mary, Queen Of Scots and Winston Churchill littering the pages of
its history, its ancient past can still be seen in the form of a Scottish burial cairn now carefully preserved on the second hole of the Fidra course.

Hidden away like a precious jewel it was brought back to life in relatively recent times. Today, the newly restored Archerfield House looks out on not one, but two superb David J. Russell designed golf courses, the Fidra and the Dirleton.
In keeping with the abundance of majestic flora and fauna, the course designer has worked diligently to achieve a seamless alliance with nature. The result is a golfing experience with timeless appeal. A superb mixture of sandy links and pine forest, historic Archerfield has truly been reborn.

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