Musselburgh Links, The Old Golf Course Review

Musselburgh Links, The Old Golf CourseMusselburgh Links, The Old Golf Course in East Lothian

Musselburgh Links, The Old Golf Course
Balcarres Road
Musselburgh
EH21 7SB


October 29th, 2008 23:03

Reviewer

First Name Jack
Last Name MacDermot
Handicap 12

Course Review and Comments

This is the oldest continuously played golf course in the world. Mary, Queen of Scots played there in the 1580s, and it predates her. The first Open Champion, Willie Park, was from Musselburgh.
It's a great little nine, though not for snobs who want manicured, predictable golf. The holes are idiosyncratic because there's so little artifice about them, and the rough/gorse/wicked pot bunkers can cause considerable grief.
If you have a chance to play it, do. When people ask you if you've played St. Andrew's you can tell them you wanted to play something with a bit more history. Don't be cheap, rent the hickories for one nine at least. It's an experience I'll nae forget.
P.S. I shot 40 with my own clubs, and 50 with the hickories (four shots in a pot bunker led to a 10, sadly.)

Ratings

Date course was played Friday 27th of June 2008
Price paid for golf 46
Price comments This was for 2 nines, including 26 pounds for the rental of four serviceable hickory shafted clubs for one of the nines.
Course Design Rating
Course Design Comments Although its location inside the racetrack is unusual to say the least, this course is a wonderful example of how golf courses should be designed: as minimally as possible. Quirky to be sure, but every hole is interesting, and the course is far from a pushover.
Course Greens/Fairways Condition Rating
Course Greens/Fairways Condition Comments Condition was fine, greens not fast but true. It's the opposite of so many overmanicured courses found elsewhere.
Course Service Rating
Course Service Comments Two very nice, obliging gents (we played through a shift change) One even lent me a couple of old British balls to play with while I used the hickory clubs. They didn't have any gutta-perchas available at the time I played.
Course Facilities Rating
Course Facilities Comments The clubhouse/pro shop/starter's shed is pretty minimal, with only a few souvenirs for sale, and you'll have to drink and eat elsewhere.
Course Overall Rating
Play Again Yes
Recommend Yes

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