What we say
Kilspindie may not be the longest golf course you ever play, it may not be the toughest, or even the best, but it’s one you could play every week and never get bored.
Located in the pretty village of Aberlady, a round here makes one wish there were more courses like Kilspindie.
It is the type of course many of us could play endlessly and never grow bored.
It’s short, has many driveable par 4s, a distinct lack of long rough, not too many fairway bunkers and thus can be very forgiving and flattering to one’s handicap – if you’re lucky enough to get a calm day that is.
However, with the wind blowing this 6,000-yard cuddly teddy can become a prickly giant.
Kilspindie is near perfect seaside links golf with exhilarating shoreline views. It’s an easy walk with some fine holes and – along with Gullane No.3 and Musselburgh Old – is a brilliant alternative to the championship-length courses of East Lothian.
Kilspindie starts with a par 3, which is an apt beginning for a course where you don’t need to bother carrying driver.
That said, expect lots of fiendishly difficult pitches and chips, and an realisation that getting really close to greens off the tee isn’t a guarantee of a successful score.
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- TG Rating
- Players Rating
- Address Aberlady, , LONGNIDDRY
- Tel 01875 870358
- Website www.golfeastlothian.com
|Course Length||5,502 yards (5,031 metres)|
- 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
St Andrew old is better
St Andrew old is better
You know, I desperately wanted to rate this course as a 4 star because I didn't want to appear as someone who gets star struck and just gives full marks for everything. However I just couldn't think of anything to mark the course, the members or anything about the place down. We played here on the Thursday afternoon of the Carnoustie Open, with 30 mile an hour winds sweeping across the course and I quickly had to remember the TG lesson on how to play the knock down shot. That said, I don't think the wind is the courses only defence as the close proximity to the coast from the off (3 of the first 4 holes run down the coast) and the impenetrable rough are there to catch the unwary. There are many holes of note, particularly the 515 yard, slight dogleg par 5 2nd which weaves around the coast. Try and take off too much and you will find a watery grave, even with a helpful tailwind, a good drive is required only to leave a long iron into a large 2-tier green. A note must be made of the 162 yard par 3 8th which is all carry over heather onto a green, with lots of Water to the right and over the back and also offering great views across Gosford Bay. Off course, the staff and members were welcoming and helpful and the food was some of the best I've eaten. However I feel trading standards should be advised on the misinterpretation of the 'Big Breakfast' served in the clubhouse bar. It should be named, 'ENOURMOUS Breakfast'. You will never eat a better breakfast! Not a long course but when the wind is blowing, more than long enough. A must play venue.