Musselburgh has enjoyed a remarkable revival after years of decline, and bucks the trend of Open venues being expensive and difficult to get on. In fact Musselburgh is the only Open Championship venue to offer you a game for less than a tenner.
The original club’s seven-hole layout dates back to 1774. The current nine-hole course may only be 2874 yards, but there are several testing holes and always the knowledge that you’re treading the same turf as golf’s earliest masters. You can even make it harder for yourself by leaving your Callaways and Titleists in the car and hiring out hickory clubs to take on those old masters “head-to-head”.
The first was the last in those days and even with modern irons its raised green means par is no pushover now. You then hug Musselburgh race track’s rails for a few holes with the long fourth (“Mrs Forman’s”) requiring a very accurate approach.
The perfect Musselburgh day might be nine holes with your own clubs, a spot of lunch, and nine holes with hickory clubs. In the unlikely event of your afternoon score bettering your morning one you could save yourself a fortune in future club purchases.
Best Hole:The 237-yard eighth is a par three that’s tough enough with today’s clubs, let alone the old hickories
Address:7 miles east of Edinburgh off the A1
Price:Green Fees: WD: £8.50 for 9 holes WE: £9.00 for 9 holes
Tel:0131 665 5438