Bruntsfield Links Golfing Society

2.7142857143 2.7 stars from 5 (2)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 70
  • Length: 6446 yards
  • Layout

  • 32 Barnton Avenue, Edinburgh, EH4 6JH
  • +44 (0) 131 3361479, +44 (0) 131 336 2006
  • +44 (0) 131 3365538
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Year built: 1898
Architect(s): Willie Park, Jr. (1898), Alister MacKenzie (1922), Fred Hawtree (1974), James Braid (1930)
Type: Private
Style: Parkland
Golf Season: Year round


Carts: Yes - £30
Pull-carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes


Driving range: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes


Walking allowed: Yes
Dress code: Appropriate golf attire.

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
White 70 6446 yards N/A N/A
Yellow 70 6109 yards N/A N/A
Red (W) 71 5502 yards N/A N/A

The Bruntsfield Links Golfing Society dates its traditions to 1761, when its members first played the Bruntsfield Links, which sit in driving distance of the Edinburgh Castle. Originating practically when golf began, this Society is the world's fourth-oldest. By the mid-19th century, though, Bruntsfield's conditions had become so congested that its members began to play more golf at Musselburgh, where the society had held its annual summer meetings since 1839.

In 1898, the Bruntsfield Links Golfing Society took up at its current spot - a sweet locale to golf, what with its fantastic Firth of Forth vistas. Also, during the century and change at its present location, it's had some handy designers lay the course out: Willie Park Jr., the founder of golf course architecture, for example, was the first. Touchups have come from Dr. Alistair MacKenzie, in 1922 and '23 and, from 1972 to '74, from the Hawtree firm.

The Bruntsfield Links Golfing Society has played host to the British Seniors, British Boys (thrice), Scottish Youths and Mid Amateur championships. The greens feature such subtle borrows that even top players don't own the course, with the top round coming in at 65.

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 2.7 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 2.7 stars from 5
Value: 2.4 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.4 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.4 stars from 5
Course Layout: 2.4 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 3.7 stars from 5
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"My first Scottish golf experience..."

toothysaw2's avatar
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Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/31/2017
First time playing Walked Perfect weather

Reviewed on

Recently had a chance to squeeze in some golf on a trip to Scotland. I found this course by just googling around and of course... Golf Advisor!

It was conveniently located along our path back into Edinburgh, so that was a big factor in choosing it. Plus their website mentions they have used the course for Open qualifying and that it is the fourth oldest golfing society (not course) in the world.

I think the most important thing to note before going further is that this course is not a seaside links course! It is an older, parkland style course.

The staff at the course was incredibly welcoming, and they were very helpful getting a rental set. The practice area was very simple, but served its purpose.

The course itself was quite enjoyable. It is short, but many of the holes have good bunkering and several have elevation changes. The conditions were very nice through the green, but the greens themselves were a little shaggy and slow the day I visited.

The environment is very peaceful. Playing as a single I was worried the threesomes in front of me would slow down play, but pace of play was great. I could barely keep up! I loved to see fast moving groups. My favorite thing is that everyone walked! It made for a very relaxed and enjoyable round.

I'd like to rate the course higher, but there weren't a lot of memorable holes. The experience overall was still great though, so if you're looking for a reasonably priced option this is a good choice.

Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Fairly Easy

I recommend this course

"Bruntsfield / Duddingston"

Chicago999's avatar
Age:  55-64
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/30/2017
First time playing Walked Windy weather

Reviewed on

Nice course close to the city but over priced !! It may be the fourth oldest club in the world but it does not mean they can charge 100 GBP for a round.Played Duddingston the day before for 25 GBP, that was value for money.

Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Poor

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Moderate

I don't recommend this course

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