Founded in 1761, the Bruntsfield Links Golfing Society is the fourth oldest in the world and one of Scotland's most prestigious clubs located only 3 miles from Edinburgh city centre and 1 hour from The Old Course, St Andrews.
In 1898 the Society moved to the present location at Barntongate, which must be one of the most attractive settings for any golf course in a major city. Set in stunning parkland the course has spectacular views over the Firth of Forth and Fife beyond.
The course was initially designed by Willie Park Jnr, one of the founders of golf course architecture. Subsequent revisions by Dr Alister MacKenzie in 1921-22 and Fred Hawtree between 1972-74 have created a challenging layout of 6,446 yards (Par 70 / SSS 71), that meanders between mature trees. The course is characterised by well placed bunkers, mature trees lining the beautifully manicured fairways and undulating greens full of character and deceptive slopes. Extensive practice facilities are also available to both members and visitors. An ongoing programme of green reconstruction to USGA specification has improved both consistency and speed, and with many subtle borrows, a good score at Bruntsfield is always well earned.
In October 2018 a 2 year re-development with the highly acclaimed golf course architects Mackenzie & Ebert has been completed. Mackenzie & Ebert have completed work on 7 out of the 10 Open Championship rota courses including Turnberry and Royal St Georges. The £1.2million investment has transformed Bruntsfield’s course into a Par 71 of 6,500 yards, producing a layout worthy of the demands of the modern day golfer.
The primary focus was to restore and replace Bruntsfield’s bunkers back to the original shape that Dr Alister MacKenzie laid out back in 1922. A select number of holes have been re-configured to account for modern day equipment and make best use of the Bruntsfield’s rolling mature parkland over 150 acres. The Mackenzie & Ebert re-development has elevated Bruntsfield to become one of Scotland's top inland courses.
From the golf club website.