Cheer from the sideline, race to the finish line, perfect your swing or witness history in the making. Experience Edinburgh’s rich sporting tradition as a spectator or as an athlete yourself.
Edinburgh is home to two rival SPL teams, each with its own set of die-hard supporters.
Scotland is the birthplace of golf, so where better to enjoy a round (or several) than on one of its many scenic courses? Here is just a small selection of the places you can go to play golf near Edinburgh:
Duddingston Golf Club – This beautiful course is quietly tucked away in the historic village of Duddingston, just east of the city. The grounds, designed by 3-time Open Champion Willie Park, feature the winding Braid Burn stream and stunning views of Arthur’s Seat.
Bruntsfield Links Golfing Society – One of the oldest golfing groups in the world, the Bruntsfield Links Golfing Society course is situated north west of the city and offers stunning views over the Firth of Forth. Despite the name, it is actually not a links style course, but a lush parkland with tree-lined fairways and beautifully manicured slopes.
Bruntsfield Links – Not to be confused with the Bruntsfield Links Golfing Society (above), this small 36-hole short hole golf course is located just across from the Meadows, one of Edinburgh’s best urban parks. It’s also one of Edinburgh’s only free public courses, and you can hire clubs at the Golf Tavern pub (just off the 19th hole).
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East Lothian Courses
Gullane – This scenic seaside town is home to three fantastic links courses. The 7th hole of it’s no. 1 course is ranked by the PGA as the 5th most picturesque golf spot in the world. Just a 25-minute train journey from Waverly to Drem station, Gullane is the ideal place to experience the essence of Scottish golfing culture.
North Berwick – This classic links course is just a 45-minute drive or 35-minute train ride away from the city. The seaside grounds have played host to a number of historic matches, including the final qualifying rounds of the 2013 Open Championship.
Muirfield – This unique links course resides on the outskirts of Gullane in East Lothinan. It’s home to the world’s oldest golf club, the Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers, and routinely plays host to the Open Championship.
Old Course at St. Andrew’s – This windswept, coastal course is one of the most important and iconic settings in golfing history. Dating back to the 15th-century and officially established in 1552, the Old Course greatly influenced the modern game of golf, including introducing the 18-hole standard.
Gleneagles – Just over 40 miles north of Edinburgh, these gorgeous grounds have hosted a number of prestigious tournaments over the years. Gleneagles’ résumé includes the PGA Cup, Johnnie Walker Championship, WPGA Championship of Europe and the 2014 Ryder Cup.
From the spacious Holyrood Park to the always-popular Meadows, there are plenty of scenic places to run in Edinburgh. The city also hosts several running events every year, including:
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