34 North Berwick
Stats: 6,458 yds, par 71, SSS 72
Visitor information: Visitors welcome between 10:00am and 4:00pm weekdays and from 12 noon at weekends
2008 Ranking: 38 (Up 4)
Improvements since 2008 Rankings:
Clubhouse: Newly refurbished clubhouse re-opened in December 2008
The West Links oozes nearly as much golfing history as St Andrews Old. Both start and finish in town, and both hark back to a bygone design era of hole creation via minimal land movement. From the 13th you’ll play first to a green set directly behind a stone wall, then via a blind approach towards Bass Rock, then to the original Redan green, and finally to the unique 16th green, traversed amidships by a deep, unexpected swale. The clubhouse is a fine place to relive what will undoubtedly have been a round of golf packed with fun.
Panellists’ comments: “A serious examination of your approach play”; “Coastal invigoration and architectural individuality”