Musselburgh Links, The Old Golf Course

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Musselburgh Links, The Old Golf Course

Musselburgh Links, The Old Golf Course
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Michael L
Canterbury, UK18 contributions
This course is historic, interesting to play, and whilst it has challenges it is also fair.

It is well maintained, and I recommend a visit, ideally playing the 9 holes twice
Written 30 June 2018
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OKRK27
Musselburgh, UK11 contributions
Solo
Plenty to do and see at Musselburgh links whether it's a round of golf on the oldest course in the world or even a flutter at one of the many horse race meetings held over the year.
Ornithologists are well catered for with the many species that frequent the lagoons.
Written 7 November 2017
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dlr47
Victoria, Canada122 contributions
Couples
Musselburgh (Old Course): They claim, with some justification apparently, that this is the oldest continuously played course in the world. As the guys changing their shoes with us in the parking lot told us: "St. Andrews may be the home of golf but this is the cradle." Golf has been played here for more than 450 years so we failed to set a new course record but we did enjoy it. The Open Championship was played here half a dozen times during its early years. The course is mostly on the inside of a famous old race course where we saw the horses run the day before. Three of the holes cross the track. The course is only nine holes and not terribly long but full of the usual hazards associated with links golf: deep sod faced bunkers, gorse and wispies.

We played with an interesting American from Pinehurst, NC. He is a course collector who travels the world playing famous courses. He has played every Open Championship venue, all the US Open courses and almost all the PGA Championship courses. He also collects golf literature and score cards. He often plays more than one course in a day and when I asked if he did anything else on his travels except play golf he allowed that he slept when it was dark.

For anyone interested in the history of golf or old-fashioned links courses this is a must play. It didn’t seem very busy and was quite inexpensive.

This is one of eight course reviews that I have posted for old fashioned seaside links courses along the “Golf Coast” east of Edinburgh in East Lothian and extending into Northumberland. From west to east: Musselburgh (Old), Kilspindie, Gullane Nos. 1, 2 and 3, Winterfield, Goswick and Seahouses. My wife and I played them all in late September or early October 2017.
Written 11 October 2017
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Jazjem109
Musselburgh, UK61 contributions
Family
Usually some activity on the links like football, outdoor exercise classes, dog walkers. The pitch and putt is a must on a visit to Musselburgh. Such a lovely view when playing and could round off with a trip to the oldest golf course in the world (which is inside the Musselburgh Racecourse running course). It is noted as the oldest in Guinness Book of Records.
Written 11 July 2017
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C K
York, UK15 contributions
Couples
Worth playing because of the historic significance. Best to play it with hickory clubs. Only £8.10 for the 9 holes and played on a sunny calm day so very enjoyable. The starter was very helpful.
Written 5 November 2016
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robertpM8084CH
Sagamore Beach, MA22 contributions
Solo
Moderately sized and reasonably challenging 9 hole course. Long, gently undulating fairways, dotted with soft and deep sand bunkers. The fairways and greens are in good shape. From 100 yards in you want to pitch and run the ball up to the green between the bunkers rather than try to hit a loft wedge. That's all to the good, Add to it that it is according to Guinness Book the oldest continuous playing course in the world, and its a must play. You might even try the hickory sticks. I did, for 9 holes. Couldn't hit the brassie (2 wood) to save my life and left it in the bag after the second tee. But I loved the Cleek (driving Iron) with a wafer thin club head and a stiff shaft. Hit every shot tee and fairway high, straight and accurate 150 yards or more. Same with the Mashie Niblick (7 iron) pitching to the green. Try the hickories once, for the experience. Those are all the positives. Aesthetically the course is disappointingly unlovely. All the holes lie within the infield of a steeple chase horse race track and so you are surrounded by modern paddock areas and plastic white racing fences throughout the round. Still it is very afforadable and in October very uncrowded. So why not go for it?
Written 14 October 2016
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Paul M
Townsville20 contributions
Solo
What a fun little course full of history and good value. But it can get really busy so I'd go early or late. Mrs Formans pub at the end of the course is no more sadly. Just an empty building.
Written 25 August 2016
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Sue K
Hinckley, UK906 contributions
Friends
My partner wanted to say that he had played the oldest golf course in the world and I walked round it with him
It's a bit boring as it just covers a very small area. There were lots of people there so play was very slow as we kept catching up with the 3 in front
The course is in the middle of the race course, so woe betide if your ball lands on the racecourse itself - the grass is very long and your ball will take some finding
The most challenging part was the driving wind, which is apparently very common
A round for a senior cost £11 and you can hire hickory sticks if you want a bit of fun
Written 13 August 2016
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Andre S
Indianapolis, IN158 contributions
Friends
Played 9 here with hickory clubs and would definitely recommend! The staff were very friendly, the clubs were fun to hit with, and it's the oldest golf course in the world! Course is only 9 holes and some of it plays through the surrounding race track, but what a wonderful feeling to be in Scotland playing on such an old course the way it was meant to be played.

Be aware that hickory club rental is relatively pricey, but hey, you're in Scotland! Also, if using hickory clubs be aware your score will be.....higher :) And if you hit a ball in the race track good luck finding it!
Written 30 July 2016
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Brian D
Lake Placid, NY9 contributions
My son and I rented hickory clubs to play this historic 9 hole course. Guinness World records certificate on the wall authenticates golf was played here in 1672. Really fun experience playing it with the old clubs
Written 10 June 2016
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