Musselburgh Links, The Old Golf Course

3.0000000000 3.0 stars from 5 (1)
  • Holes: 9
  • Par: 34
  • Length: 2968 yards

  • Musselburgh Links, The Old Golf Course, Balcarres Road, Musselburgh, EH21 7SB
  • +44 (0) 131 6535122
  • +44 (0) 131 6655438

Year built: 1774
Type: Public
Style: Links
Golf Season: Year round


Pull-carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes


Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes


Walking allowed: Yes
Credit cards accepted: Visa, Mastercard, Maestro, Delta


Tee Par Length Rating Slope
White 34 2968 yards N/A N/A
Red (W) 36 2665 yards N/A N/A
Yellow 34 2638 yards N/A N/A

Royal rumor has it that Mary, Queen of Scots, played at Musselbergh Links in 1567. The old links on the world's "oldest playing golf course" originally featured seven holes. An eighth came in 1838, and the full nine became playable in 1870. A piece of history remains near the green on the fourth hole, where Mrs. Forman's Inn still stands; the joint used to offer a wall hatch for early golfers to buy their refreshments from.

Tee-off at Musselbergh Links on the Short Hole - the 146-yard par-3, where, once upon a time, the green sat atop a plateau and accurate shots were needed to reach the putting area. There's no longer anywhere to rinse off on No. 7, the Bathing Coach, but the par-5 476-yard hole is the course's longest. Finish off at the 366-yard par-4 ninth hole, where the name, the Gas, refers to a gasworks that no longer sits behind the green.

At this point, you can backtrack to Mrs Forman's Inn, where you can still refuel.

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 3.0 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 3.0 stars from 5
Value: 4.0 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.0 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.0 stars from 5
Course Layout: 3.0 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 3.0 stars from 5
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"Walk back in time on the Musselburgh Links"

JasonDeeganGA's avatar
Golf Advisor
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/01/2016
First time playing Walked Played 9 holes Good weather

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I can't really call a scruffy nine-holer a four-star course, but to some diehard golfers - especially history buffs like me - it's a five-star golf experience to play the oldest course in the world still in existence with a set of hickory clubs rented from the pro shop. I did exactly that in 2013 on my first trip to Scotland.

Most of the holes sit inside the Musselburgh Race Track right in the heart of town. This setting causes some weird moments - cars passing by, shots over and around the track and its railings, etc. - although there's still an endearing charm about the place.

The first hole might be the best on the course and the second hole is where all the billboards detailing major moments in the history of golf are located.

The best part of it all? You can play an Open Championship venue - it hosted on six occasions between 1874 and 1889 - without breaking the bank.

Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging

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