North Berwick Golf Club

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What we say

Muirfield may be the area's main golfing attraction but North Berwick has had its share of top events too. It has staged several Scottish Championships and the British Seniors in the early 90s. The other beauty of North Berwick is that, unlike Muirfield, you can play there virtually any time and it won't cost you an arm and a leg. Nowadays, the wind really needs to be blowing to make the 6,456-yard par-71 layout seriously difficult... just ask Phil Mickelson, who crashed out here during final qualifying in 1992.  Every hole is a treat but the round really bursts into life on the back nine. The par-4 13th, known as The Pit, requires a spot-on approach shot over an ancient wall guarding the green. Next is the par-4 Perfection where a purely struck second shot is a must to get over the brow of a hill to the green sitting next to the beach. There's little room for error now and you really need to keep your game toghether over the closing holes. 

This is the 13th oldest club in the world, founded in 1832 and another natural, windswept links dripping in history. As well as blind holes, shots over the bay, and deep pot bunkers, there are tee shots where you have to drive over walls and burns. The most famous hole is the 192-yard 15th, called Redan, a military term for a small fortress with two prominent walls and a gorge set at an angle to the enemy. The hole before, which is a 376-yard par-4 known as Perfection, is a fantastic risk/reward examination made by Nature. Both holes have bee frequently copied by modern designers.

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A true links course, golf has been played at North Berwick since at least 1605 and is an Open qualifying venue. With the wind almost always blowing due to it's coastal location this is no easy golf course.

A tough stretch from holes 13 to 15, it is no easy ride coming in towards the clubhouse. There is a risk-reward, driveable par-4 to finish off the course measuring in at only 269 yards. This could either top off your round or ruin it.

  • Course Summary

  • Costs 4 out of 5
  • TG Rating 4.5 out of 5
  • Players Rating 4.3 out of 5
  • Address
    Beach Road, , NORTH BERWICK
  • Tel 01620 890312
  • Website

Course Information

Course 71 par
Course Style -
Green Fees £65-£95
Course Length 6,101 yards (5,579 metres)
Holes 18
Difficulty Medium 11-20
Course Membership Private

Course Features

  • Course has: Bar
  • Course does not have: Buggy Hire
  • Course does not have: Driving Range
  • Course does not have: Practice Green
  • Course has: Pro Shop
  • Course has: Restaurant
  • Course has: Trolley Hire
  • Course does not have: Dress Code
  • Course has: Club Hire
  • Course does not have: Handicap

Your Reviews

  • 5 out of 5 My very first round

    By Nirmal Singh

    I played North Berwick in 1986 while on Honeymoon. I borrowed a set of clubss from David Huish, who was the pro at the time and got some advice on how to play the course. It was my very first round on a FULL SIZED golf course, I met a couple who actually lived in the same area of Wolverhampton as I did and managed to get round in 90. It was only afterwards that I found out that it was an Open qualifying course. I am looking to be back there this August and I can't wait. would recommend to everyone who has a love for the game........

  • 4 out of 5 Very Special

    By Anonymous

    Very special, played 08/11 yet the greens were the best i have played on all year.Very friendly staff, Food very nice & pro very helpfull and at £25.00 a head represents great value. Well worth a visit.

  • 4 out of 5 Superb Traditional Links

    By Anonymous

    Played on a windy but sunny August day. Very picturesque and entertaining links course. Not a bad hole on the course which was in excellent condition. Recieved a very warm welcome from the starter and after the round enjoyed a pint in the clubhouse overlooking the 18th green. The only problem with the course is the lack of a carpark. You have to battle for a parking space in the roads around the town center, and it could be a longish walk to the 1st tee

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