Lothian is known as being a region of the Scottish Lowlands, placed between the south shore of the Firth of Forth and Lammermuir Hills. The region is split into three shires, Midlothian, West Lothian and East Lothian. Three years ago, in 2012, The East Lothian Council and Lothian Tourist Alliance launched the so called “Scotland’s Golf Coast” brand. East Lothian homes 22 golf courses with the majority along a 30-mile stretch coastline; no surprise why this region is considered to be a world-class tourist destination. To be mentioned that Musselburgh Links, The Old Course is known as being the oldest continuously played golf course in the world. This means that East Lothian is the birthplace of modern gold. Here are three golf courses of East Lothian:
Musselburgh Links Old Course
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Musselburgh Links Old Course is a 9-hole links course that is probably more famous for its history rather than for its play. As it was mentioned, this course is considered to be the oldest course in world still in use. For golf players, this place is probably a must play course and there is no excuse for them not to take a tour of its 2873-yard short par 34. To be mentioned that Musselburgh Links Old Course is also the original Open Championship venue, hosting this famous event six times between 1874 and 1889.
Haddington Golf Club
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This parkland course features approximately 6317-yards, within the boundaries of a former country estate. It also has wonderful surroundings and the River Tyne on its North boundary transforms this place into an impressive area. This 18-hole, par 71, homes more strategic bunkers and also offers an extensive practice area. Visitors who are interested in this place can enjoy weekday rounds for 45 dollars.
Castle Park Golf Club
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This is an 18-hole parkland that was designed by Archie Baird, a gold historian and later assisted in 1994 by Alastair Patterson and his design team. Castle Park is publicly accessible and features fees as low as 29 dollars. This beautiful place provides accessibility and diversity to the famous East Lothian country. To be mentioned that the Yester Castle provides a beautiful scenic backdrop to the south.
East Lothian is a must see place for golf lovers and for those who are interested in the history of golf. What is your favorite golf course in East Lothian?