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  • Writer's pictureDavid Chambers


Once you have worked your way up through the boarders you finally arrive at Scotland’s capital and an array of courses to choose from, there are around 50 courses within 10 miles of the city and one of the finest yet most underrated is The Musselburgh club.

Although there is a test on most holes this course is a joy to play, the feeling of overcoming a strategic course is one far better than beating a track with distance and power.

Beautifully manicured fairways and greens and long deep bunkers are a feature of this parkland course, which plays nothing like its more famous Scottish links neighbours. But just because it's not famous and not a links layout it doesn't mean it's not worthwhile. In fact, Musselburgh has hosted the Scottish Professional Championship twice and is currently a course used as a regional qualifier for the British Open Championship. It's reasonably priced, a good test of golf and a golf course the weekend golf traveller may want to consider.

There are trees and gentle hills and long rough on the Musselburgh "Monktonhall" Golf Course. There's even a trek over a river and under a railroad as the course meanders its way around and around. The fairways are wide and inviting. However, there is trouble on just about every one of them.

This golf course hates slicers or those who overly fade the ball. For example, the 4th is a straight ahead 528 yard par 5 off the back tees with a wide fairway inviting fairway. Sounds easy, but there are 8 very large and deep bunkers averaging about 20 feet long that are evenly spaced up the right side, whilst the left side has trees and heavy rough.

Musselburgh Golf Club is perfect for those quick trips to golf’s home, it is located 20 minutes from Edinburgh City Centre and 30 minutes from Edinburgh Airport, if you drive or fly into the city it’s a great track to play.

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