The Old Course at Musselburgh
Links, near Edinburgh is a municipal course which
is of great historic importance. It is believed to be the
first ever golf course in the world and documentary evidence
shows golf was played on these links in 1672.
The course is situated within the
racetrack of Musselburgh Racecourse. In the photograph you
can see the 1st green with the racetrack in the foreground
and the main racecourse stands behind.
Musselburgh is a short 9 hole course of
2954 yards from the white tees with a par of 34.
Musselburgh Links is
open to the public all year round, with the exception of
Christmas Day, Boxing Day, and New Years Day. When there is
a race fixture at Musselburgh Racecourse, there are only a
limited number of tee times are available. Contact the
starter on 0131 665 5438
enjoy an authentic game of golf on this historic course the way it was
intended, you can hire a set of original Hickory golf clubs
from the starter ! The traditionally crafted clubs are
supplied to Musselburgh Links by Montgomery Golf Ltd who are
based locally in North Berwick. To hire Hickory clubs
please remember to pre-book.
You can also buy some
memorabilia from this historic course and read some more
about its history.
The restaurant at the course, Saison is
and all seating overlooks the panorama of the oldest golf
course in the world and the award winning race course. The
Restaurant offers a seasonal menu using locally sourced
produce and has a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere whether
you come for a coffee, beer, lunch or fine dining.
history of musselburgh
Golf was first played on Musselburgh Links in 1672,
although there are reports of Mary, Queen of Scots
here as early as 1567. The 1672 date
is based on a record in the Account Book of Sir John Foulis of
Ravelston, where amongst many of his entries relating to
golf, the following dated 2nd March 1672 is found :
"Lost at golfe at Musselburgh wt Gosfoord, Lyon etc,"
Edinburgh and East Lothian have a large number of
excellent hotels and guest houses.
Closer to Musselburgh, in Portobello you could stay
in the Best Western Kings Manor Hotel which
has a leisure complex with a gym, tennis and swimming pool.
It has a nice bar and restaurant and is on a bus route right
into Edinburgh town centre.
Click here to access
the Best Western Hotels booking website for The Best Western Kings Manor Hotel in Portobello, Edinburgh
In Edinburgh itself you could stay at the
Best Western Braid Hills Hotel which is set just
2.5 miles from the centre of town and is within a mile of 5
golf courses !
Click here to visit the website for
the Best Western Braid Hills Hotel.
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Edinburgh Castle is well worth a visit. You will see the Scottish Crown Jewels. The Royal Mile is the road which stretches from the Castle to The Palace of Holyroodhouse, which is the Queen's Official residence in Scotland. The Scottish Parliament is also at hthe bottom of the Royal Mile. Towards the bottom of the Royal Mile, on your left as you face in the direction of Holyrood Palace, and outside the old "Jenny Ha's" bar, you will see the plaque about Golfer's Land that is mentioned on our Leith Links website
Edinburgh has numerous excellent restaurants. There are many arts and theatre events on in Edinburgh and Edinburgh is famous for the Edinburgh Festival, the Festival Fringe and the Edinburgh Book Festival which take place over the summer months.
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