What we say
North Berwick is a unique golf links that ranks among the very best you’ll find in the world. The West Links placed inside the top-10 in our most recent Golf World Top 100 Links Courses in the United Kingdom and Ireland. Rankings editor Chris Bertram explains why…
In 2016 the European Institute of Golf Course Architects held its annual conference in North Berwick. They understandably tend to host their yearly get-together at high-calibre venues but nowhere attracted a bigger turnout than North Berwick.
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Its reputation precedes it and despite the enormous expectation that brings, the architects talked of the West links with child-like enthusiasm.
North Berwick is tremendous fun, with holes that are occasionally bewildering but always entertaining.
If you want to know what the oft-repeated phrase ‘quirky links’ looks and plays like, this would be a good example. A unique links, it is a course that its fans would happily play every day for the rest of their lives.
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It is not hole after hole of landmarks, a full-scale crazy golf course – it is stringent enough to host Open qualifying, so you won’t breeze round and comfortably play to your handicap.
The bumps and humps of the front nine would be described as exceptionally characterful if it was paired with almost any other course in the land but, when it precedes the back nine here, it is relatively mundane.
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For come the closing third of this mesmeric links, you savour nothing but seminal holes.
From firing over the drystone dyke hard to the 13th green to the blind glory of the 14th, aptly named ‘Perfection’ to widely-copied short 15th, Redan, it is an education in golf as the game began.
Beneath the windows of the Marine Hotel is the 16th, arguably golf’s most exacting green complex with two raised plateaux separated by a trough that has its own name, Biarritz.
North Berwick’s West links is gaining more exposure these days and while that will possibly rub against the hipster, the connoisseur and the historian, we are glad it is receiving the acclaim it deserves.
It is one of the most entertaining and memorable courses in the world and East Lothian, Scotland Great Britain are fortunate to call it one of theirs. There is no more fun course on this island.
British golfers are equally as fortunate that we have such a course so accessible to us. Make sure you make time to play it – you won’t regret it.
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- Address Beach Road, , North Berwick
- Tel 01620 890312
- Website www.northberwickgolfclub.com
|Course Length||6,951 yards (6,356 metres)|
- Course has: Bar
- Course does not have: Buggy Hire
- Course has: Driving Range
- Course has: Practice Green
- Course has: Pro Shop
- Course has: Restaurant
- Course has: Trolley Hire
- Course has: Dress Code
- Course has: Club Hire
- Course has: Handicap
I played North Berwick in 1986 while on Honeymoon. I borrowed a set of clubss from David Huish, who was the pro at the time and got some advice on how to play the course. It was my very first round on a FULL SIZED golf course, I met a couple who actually lived in the same area of Wolverhampton as I did and managed to get round in 90. It was only afterwards that I found out that it was an Open qualifying course. I am looking to be back there this August and I can't wait. would recommend to everyone who has a love for the game........
Very special, played 08/11 yet the greens were the best i have played on all year.Very friendly staff, Food very nice & pro very helpfull and at £25.00 a head represents great value. Well worth a visit.
Played on a windy but sunny August day. Very picturesque and entertaining links course. Not a bad hole on the course which was in excellent condition. Recieved a very warm welcome from the starter and after the round enjoyed a pint in the clubhouse overlooking the 18th green. The only problem with the course is the lack of a carpark. You have to battle for a parking space in the roads around the town center, and it could be a longish walk to the 1st tee