A trip to Edinburgh will bring you right to the heart of the golfing world. North Berwick lies within easy reach of Edinburgh and is one of the oldest most beautiful links courses in Scotland. And when you arrive in the small town you’ll be in no doubt as to the kind of course you’re about to play.

Like St. Andrews it starts and finishes in the town, walls, roads and the beach all play their part on a tough 18 that is highly regarded by all those who’ve been lucky enough to play it. Like most top links courses you can expect to find the wind blowing into your face on the back nine where a series of tough par 4s and 5s hold the key to a decent score. Keep you ball out of the gorse and away from the sand and you should be alright.

The 18th hole is a driveable par 4 but think before you pull out the big dog. A road with cars, houses, gardens and people runs down the right hand length of the hole. A slice can cause plenty of damage – and a disappointing score could be the least of your worries.

Best Hole: The 13th green is guarded by a wall. It’s all part of the experience at North Berwick – just try not to get stymied behind it.

Web: www.northberwickgolfclub.com

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