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Kilspindie Golf Club

Kilspindie

Aberlady

East Lothian

EH32 0QD

01875 870 358

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Average rating

8.6

Course

8.5

Greens

8.3

Facilities

7.8

Value

8.9

Hospitality

9.5

    Golf has been played over this piece of links land prior to 1850 but it was not until 26 November 1898 that the links was officially opened by Luffness Golf Club which was re-named Kilspindie Golf Club in 1899.

    The links were designed by Park and Sayers with minor modifications over the years. What is interesting, for example is that the first hole, par 3, is due north whilst the 2nd hole is the only par 5 and, when played into the prevailing wind from the south west, can play more like a par 6 or7! Imagine what it must have been like with hickories!!

    How many courses can boast of a “magazine” and a “target” on their course and these small buildings were exactly that up to the end of the First World War when the local territorial army unit used the course in conjunction with the golf club – one had to be aware of other hazards in those days!

    Every year some 27-28k pairs of feet enjoy these links and this is testament to its lasting design and layout.

    Recognised locally, nationally and internationally Kilspindie is a hidden gem if there was ever any doubt!

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    Course

    9

    Greens

    8

    Facilities

    7

    Value

    10

    Hospitality

    10

    Average

    8.8

    Thursday, 23rd April 2015

    Kilspindie Golf Club is reputed to be the 35th oldest golf club in the world and the landscape has not changed too much in that time. This is a true links golf course where the lay of the land will decide as to where your ball will come to rest, to play this course well you will need to understand the subtle undulations of the greens and bumps and runs of the fairways, a knowledge which can only be gained following years of education at this traditional links beauty.

    Kilspindie is set in the heart of the wonderful East Lothian area in the small town of Aberlady and is a close neighbour to Craigielaw, Luffness and Gullane golf clubs. The course is set in a stunning location with uninterrupted views of Edinburgh and the Firth of Forth.

    The views can be enjoyed from every aspect of the golf course. Once you have unpacked the clubs and taken the short walk from the secluded car park to the clubhouse you are greeted with one of those lovely moments when the landscape opens up in front of you and stops you in your tracks for that split second. Kilspindie offers you that moment, the views are a real feature of any golf experience throughout the East Lothian courses and there is no better example of that from the 1st tee here.

    Interestingly the course opens with a par 3 which is quite rare but I found it a fitting way to start the round at Kilspindie, the tee sits directly in front of the clubhouse, the view takes in a large part of the course, you quickly experience the quality of the greens and bunkers, so you get to experience all that is great about Kilspindie in the first 10 mins of your visit!

    The first four holes are arguably the best on the course, the first aside all play alongside the waters edge and with the prefailling wind directly into you can be a tough start to your day. As with all good golf holes there is an element of 'risk & reward', the shorter route is along the waters edge and your shot to the green may be made slightly easier and shorter but there is no ducking the challenge when it comes to the approach shot, club selection and choosing the correct line is important as getting either wrong can end in disaster as each green is in very close proximity to the estuary.

    The 8th hole is probably regarded as the signature hole at Kilspindie, a par 3 that plays 162 yds from the back but is all carry across the sandy bay and into a well guarded green, a club selection that no doubt changes daily dependent on the weather.

    The course may be described as short by modern standards but it does nothing to detract from the enjoyment of your round in fact I would consider it a positive, we finished our round in under 3 hours which is the way golf should be played and as changes in lifestyle continue to evolve I can see the popularity of the so called 'shorter' courses growing in the years ahead.

    The course finshes with two par 4's that are under 300 yds that once again offer a chance to score if you take them on and get it right, however if you get it wrong Kilspindie will make you pay.

    The clubhouse epitomises the word traditional, mahogany can be found throughout, stunning views from the lounge and a huge selection of Scottish waters. The welcome is very freindly and the whole experience is one which I would recommend to any golfer of any level. Another East Lothian cracker!

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    Fun to play

    Average rating

    8.4

    19th May, 2017, by Bmac

    This is one to tick off if in area. Not the longest but lots of interesting holes. I played it as part of four day tourney called links golf cup so we played off back tees, but even then there were still several par fours that are drivable. Typical of East Lothian there is always a wind, which tests your ability to shape the shots.
    The clubhouse is typical local type, drink, food and smiles.
    Small bunker chipping area and nets to practice

    Course

    8

    Greens

    8

    Facilities

    7

    Value

    9

    Hospitality

    10

    A little belter

    Average rating

    8.8

    26th March, 2016, by Davethegolfer

    I had never heard of this place until last week and what a find. Obviously in the shadows of some of the big boys in the area but shouldnt be overlooked. Shorter than some courses but still challenging and I imagine a lot tougher when the wind blows.

    Stick it on the list if your in East Lothian.

    Course

    8

    Greens

    9

    Facilities

    8

    Value

    9

    Hospitality

    10

    Hidden Gem

    Average rating

    8.6

    24th March, 2016, by SteveG

    Played here for the first time in March 2016 as part of the Links Golf Cup.

    This is a short course with some extremely challenging holes particularly on the front 9 which largely hugs the coast. The par 3 8th is a particular stand-out playing across the bay.

    All in all great fun, and probably little changed in over a hundred years. It makes a nice change to play a course with plenty of scoring opportunities but also requiring good strategy to navigate the many hazards.

    A worthy alternative to its more famous neighbours.

    Course

    9

    Greens

    8

    Facilities

    8

    Value

    9

    Hospitality

    9

    Hidden gem

    Average rating

    8.6

    31st January, 2016, by Goooolfer

    Another top quality East Lothian golf course, again sometimes overlooked amongst the Gullanes of the area. This is a fantastic classic links which requires brain not brawn to build a score. Some great views throughout the 18.

    Course

    8

    Greens

    9

    Facilities

    8

    Value

    9

    Hospitality

    9

    Great wee track

    Average rating

    8

    31st July, 2015, by TufffGowf

    Great hidden Gem ion Scotland"s Golf Coast - different course when the wind blows. You can usually get round in double quick time for a burger and a pint in the clubhouse.

    Course

    8

    Greens

    9

    Facilities

    8

    Value

    7

    Hospitality

    8

    played during the Links Golf Cup. Enjoyed the round!

    Average rating

    8.2

    30th March, 2015, by Wile5y

    Course

    8

    Greens

    8

    Facilities

    7

    Value

    8

    Hospitality

    10

    Some course!!!

    Average rating

    9.2

    28th March, 2015, by JohnL

    Lucky enough to play this course on a sunny day and no wind. The views are absolutely stunning across the water to Edinburgh . Although the course was short it definitely needed a lot of thought before you played your shot. All the greens are well protected by bunkers, the only down side was that the greens were being cut just as we finished our round . Everything else was perfect.

    Course

    10

    Greens

    7

    Facilities

    9

    Value

    10

    Hospitality

    10

    Cracking course

    Average rating

    9

    26th March, 2015, by Ralph

    Great course, everyone talks about the length of golf courses and it all gets a little boring, this is a traditional links and playing as it would have done for over 100yrs, the views across to Edinburgh are stunning and the greens on the first few holes sit adjacent to the waters edge.

    Great undulations across the course, a quirky finish holes 17 and 18 which I loved.

    Clubhouse is again very traditional and very welcoming.

    Absolute must if in East Lothian

    Course

    9

    Greens

    8

    Facilities

    8

    Value

    10

    Hospitality

    10

    Little Gem

    Average rating

    7.6

    26th March, 2015, by Gealy

    Very short traditional Links, BUT don't underestimate it. Really good course for the mid to high handicappers with 6 par 4's of less than 300 yards, but with a bit of wind the course can and does bite back! Great food for afterwards, well recommended!

    Course

    8

    Greens

    7

    Facilities

    6

    Value

    8

    Hospitality

    9

    Great hospitality

    Average rating

    9.6

    31st August, 2014, by Joeevs

    This was the third course of our trip and probably my personal favourite.

    The course was excellent but the welcome was so friendly. I loved the fact there were over 70 malt whiskeys to choose from in the bar, I could have stayed there all day!

    The course is another quality links that you now come to expect in the area. Typical links, great greens and tight fairways, it was a really enjoyable day and end to our tour, roll on next year, can't wait to go back.

    Course

    9

    Greens

    10

    Facilities

    9

    Value

    10

    Hospitality

    10