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  • Writer's pictureDavid Chambers


A fine test of golf and one of the most outstanding parkland courses in the Lothians and Scotland.

Established in 1895 the course has a rich history, in Gaelic its name mean “sunny side of the hill”, and the course is set in the shadow of Arthur’s Seat, an 800 foot high extinct volcano with the meandering Braid Burn a key feature.

A good front nine turns into a fantastic back nine, the most difficult hole on the course is the “woodlands” the 443 yard 11th where two exceptional shots are needed to reach a green that is at least one club longer than it seems.

A run of challenging pars 4’s just after the turn that are signature of the course. It’s easy to see that a lot of work has been put in to get the course in the great condition it is in, especially around the greens.

Always a friendly welcome from the pro shop and club house which is a world away from some of its more stuffy local peers.

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