North Berwick, West Links

The Royal Burgess Golfing Society

Scotland, East Coast, East Lothian, Edinburgh
5.7 (3)
Course Opened: 1895

The Royal Burgess Golfing Society, founded in 1735, is the oldest golfing society in the world and one of only 10 “Royal” golf clubs in Scotland. While primarily a members’ club with a rich tradition, visitors and guests are made to feel very welcome.

Located on the outskirts of Edinburgh, the golf course is just six miles from the city centre and easily accessible by road, rail or air. The mature parkland course was originally designed by Willie Park Jnr with subsequent improvements from Harry Colt and Philip Mackenzie Ross. The course is lovingly maintained by loyal and dedicated greenstaff and is recognised as one of best parkland courses in the country.

The clubhouse blends tradition with functionality. All the main public rooms overlook the course and have an interesting selection of historic paintings and memorabilia. The clubhouse offers both fine and casual dining facilities.

The course at Barnton measures 6,511 yards (5931 metres) and has a par of 71. It is set in beautiful parkland just 6 miles from the City Centre and one of the features is the variety and positioning of many mature trees including a large number of specimen trees. The Course provides a rewarding challenge to golfers of all abilities. The Course is always maintained to the highest standards by the Greenkeeping team and is renowned for its smooth fast greens, lush, well manicured fairways and well positioned and designed bunkers.

The signature hole is the 11th which is a 348 yard downhill par 4 dogleg over an open cundy which requires a good well positioned tee shot if you are going to walk off the raised green with a par 4 on your card. Hit it straight and away from the trees and you should achieve par on this wonderful hole.

Barnton’s worth as a fine parkland course and first class test of golf was recognised by the number of professional tournaments played there in the post-war period. The Swallow/Penfold, Pringle, Martini and the Scottish Professional Championships have all been played on various occasions at Barnton. The modern era has been one of steady consolidation and course enhancement in the form of tree planting, the millennium shrub plantation and an increasing awareness of environmental factors.

Extract from the golf club website.


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