Royal Musselburgh Golf Club

4.3585882353 4.4 stars from 5 (35)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 70
  • Length: 6254 yards
  • Layout

  • Royal Musselburgh Golf Club, Prestongrange House, Prestonpans, EH32 9RP
  • +44 (0) 1875 810139
  • royalmusselburgh.co.uk
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Year built: 1926
Architect(s): James Braid (1926), Fred G. Hawtree (1926), John Henry Taylor (1926)
Type: Private
Style: Parkland
Golf Season: Year round

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes
Pull-carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes
Caddies: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes

Policies

Walking allowed: Yes
Metal spikes allowed: No
Dress code: Smart casual dress may be worn at all times.

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
White 70 6254 yards N/A N/A
Yellow 70 5867 yards N/A N/A
Red (W) 73 5587 yards N/A N/A

Royal Musselburgh Golf Club sits at the tip of the renowned span of golf fcourses along the East Lothian coast, and offers picture-perfect parkland play, making it a must-visit. Royal Musselburgh holds the honor of being the world's fifth-oldest, having started as the nine-hole links course, Musselburgh Levenhall. The Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers, Royal Burgess Golfing Society and Bruntsfield Golf Club have all golfed there.

Royal Musselbergh Golf Club's 349-yard par-4 first hole hides two fairway bunkers to the right. The 477-yard par-5 ninth requires three-shot play when fighting wind: The closer you get to the green after two strokes, the more difficult the pitch. Close down on the 410-yard par-4 18th, where it behooves golfers to carry a big stick, as going right off the tee, rather than carrying the drive to just in front of the green, is a major folly. Non members may pay to use the restaurant and bar, become social members, and get affordable course fare, as well as the chance to attend special events such as dances, buffets, and whisky tastings.

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 4.4 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 4.2 stars from 5
Value: 4.6 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.1 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.6 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.2 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.2 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 35 Reviews
5 stars:
19
4 stars:
12
3 stars:
3
2 stars:
1
1 stars:
0

recommend this course

33 out of 35 reviews


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"Dangerous Layout"


t1905800095's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/05/2019
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Reviewed on

Decided to play this course after reading reviews but although the course was in pretty good condition the greens were not running quite true and there is clearly an issue with players not repairing their pitch marks. Some of the bunkers were a bit devoid of depth of sand.

But of greater concern is the course layout, having almost been hit with balls on two occasions we were seriously concerned by the proximity of tees and greens, and some hole layouts in our view unsafe. To sandwich a tee between two smallish greens in our view was an accident waiting to happen. There is also another location where the next tee is directly adjacent to a small green with an approach over a gully. Players avoiding the gully will be aiming virtually at the back of the tee which is unprotected., You need to have 4 sets of eyes playing this course and this was on a virtually windless day. With a wind I would be wearing a hard hat!

The pace of play was horrendously slow. The course is only 5880 of the yellows and it may be that is part of the problem as some par 4s just around the 320 yards are in reach of us with a long drive. Thus waiting backed up at par 4s and 3s. 4 hours and 20minutes was a long time.

Overall nice walk in the sunshine but won't be back owing to the safety issues.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Poor

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Fairly Easy


I don't recommend this course



Calumwalker's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/28/2019
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Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



bootun89's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/03/2019
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Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Great Greens"


dooker's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/04/2019
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Reviewed on

Easy transaction course in good order greens brilliant for 1st week of the year


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Cold but good"


t1088477043's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  0-4

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/02/2019
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Reviewed on

Frosty day in Scotland but pleasantly surprised to see all full greens bar 1.

Enjoyable game as usual on this lovely track. Very busy on the day but pace of play was quick.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Great value for money"


menorca1157's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/12/2018
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Reviewed on

Although the greens had been cored the course you could still putt on them and the course was playable. I've played here before and as was previously the course was in excellent condition

We'll be back again.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course



u7381701's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/04/2018
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Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course



Alipaterson491's avatar
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/24/2018
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Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent


I recommend this course


"The course is in good condition"


u073764977's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/10/2018
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The course was in good condition, the staff were very helpful and friendly, I would recommend it to anyone interested in playing the 6 the oldest course in the world


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"A lovely day out"


u998714745's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/30/2018
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I played Royal Musselburgh with two friends, we had perfect playing conditions with no wind to speak of. The course is in beautiful condition, although the greens had been lightly sanded, it didn’t affect our ability to putt. The course would suit all levels of handicap as it is not too long yardage wise, but it is very well designed, with bunkers placed strategically, to catch wayward shots. It was a lovely day out and I would thoroughly recommend any one to play the course.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Excellent condition"


RG197A8F2127419D43D4's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/12/2018
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Great course - our 2nd visit as we were so impressed with the condition, especially the greens. Very good value for money.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Perfect condition"


alex4406126's avatar
Age:  45-54
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/19/2018
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It's the first time I've played the course when it's not been lush and green...

The course is probably at its peak at the moment, fast true greens and fairways but not scorched...


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent


I recommend this course



t491778200's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/04/2018
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Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"What a bargain"


u690566926's avatar
Gender:  Male
Handicap:  Don't know

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/21/2018
First time playing Walked Perfect weather

Reviewed on

Absolutely stunning course. The fairways were lush and lovely to play from and the greens were quick and true. Nice interesting layout too. Forgiving fairways, mostly.

Really enjoyed this round and will definitely be back soon. 10/10


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Swinging in the rain"


BigNeebs's avatar
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/22/2017
Walked Wet weather

Reviewed on

Although mats were necessary to play from fairways, I found the conditions good underfoot, and enjoyed the round from tee-green.

Unfortunately, the flooded state of the greens should have rendered the course unplayable.

Lovely big greens, and would be excellent in better weather.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Fairly Easy


I recommend this course


"Unimpressed with some members"


alex4406126's avatar
Age:  45-54
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/06/2017
Previously played

Reviewed on

Staff in club shop great, chat with Lloyd Saltman put me in a great positive relaxing mood before play...

Club members will use buggies in between walking players and race behind them, despite the fact nowhere to go as time spacing on course is OK...

They then strike a shot as soon as you step forward so balls land around you...

Unimpressed and voiced my displeasure with lack of class and etiquette on a few occasions...

Course good condition, weather good, good greens, lush rough...

Would play again but would be very wary of ignorant members, a pity....


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Great parkland course with heritage"


hollem's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/29/2017
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Reviewed on

Course generally in great condition, especially greens. Some bunkers a little hard underneath. Fairways fairly wide and forgiving. Well placed bunkers!


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Scotlands golf coast"


Chooball's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/02/2017
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Reviewed on

From arriving at this course everything was perfect. The shop staff were extremely friendly and helpful. Even after the prolonged rain over the days before the course was presented in fantastic condition. This course is steeped in history so a visit to the welcoming club house after your round is highly recommended. Although not a long course all the holes differ and are challenging.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Interesting course"


smarty7's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/21/2017
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Reviewed on

First 6 holes - 1hour

Last 12 holes - 2.75 hour

Caught behind an 'outing' of 3 four balls so had lots of time to admire course from tees and mid fairways but by end of round had run out of topics of conversation with my 2 partners.

Overall rating would have gone up but for pace of play


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Average at best"


u764478396's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/11/2017
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Pretty disappointed to be honest , the course lay out is pretty good , the greens were true enough weren't the quickest but it had alot of rain to be fair. Alot of grass lying about made the place look untidy, the greenkeeping side of it I expected better , one of them cutting the rough was an embarrassment to the industry , cutting directly behind us as we are teeing off and as we were playing further up the hole, he even asked me to pick my ball up so he could carry on cutting, I wouldn't even expect that on a council course. Then we had a group of young kids on an exchange from Spain running riot in front of us , they were so so slow it made the whole experience very disappointing, can't see myself playing it again.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I don't recommend this course



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