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Longniddry Golf Club

Links Road

Longniddry

East Lothian

EH32 0NL

01875 852 141

Green fee:

Average rating

8.4

Course

8.2

Greens

8.6

Facilities

7.8

Value

8.6

Hospitality

8.6

    Formed in 1921, Longniddry Golf Club in East Lothian the cradle of golf, is situated on the south shore of the Firth of Forth, arguably the finest stretch of golfing coastline in Scotland, 18 miles east of Edinburgh. Longniddry is the closest seaside course to Edinburgh, comprising an unusual combination of woodland and links, with spectacular sea views from many holes. Check out our unique fly-over webtour which gives a birdseye view of the course with photographs and expanding views of each green.

    Designed by Harry S Colt, with no par 5s and 8 par 4s measuring over 400 yards, Longniddry offers a very good test of golf for both members and vistors who come to enjoy some of the best golf available in Scotland. The course has a par of 68 and the course record of 62 was set by amateur Mike Thomson of Peebles. Formerly an Open qualifying course, Longniddry is regularly asked to host amateur competitions such as the South East District Championship for the Lothians Golf Association which was held in September 2012 and in May 2013, Longniddry hosted the Scottish Ladies (Close) Amateur Championship. Longniddry will also be the venue for a North West Pro Tour event in July 2013

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    Course

    9

    Greens

    9

    Facilities

    7

    Value

    9

    Hospitality

    9

    Average

    8.6

    Tuesday, 4th August 2015

    So make no mistake about it East Lothian is one of my favourite parts of the country for many reasons, the people are very friendly, the scenery is breathtaking, a coastal line that takes your breath away and each village you pass has an endearing charm, but aside from all that, the main attraction in this area is the quality of golf course and the diversity that is on offer.

    There is no better example of the diverse offerings than that of Longniddry Golf Club. The course would be described as inland although there are views of the coast line from some aspects of the back nine. For me it would be difficult to pigeon hole the course in terms of its type, I suppose it could be a mix of parkland and heathland with a few links like rolling fairways thrown into the mix. Irrelevant of its type this is a very good quality golf course that offers a change from an area which is heavily populated with classic links tracks.

    The course starts with a gentle par 4 to break you in, a note of quality from the start as you peg up in a tee box that is well presented. The second runs parallel to the first but a slightly tougher prospect, the third was another tough par 4 that starts to ask you questions as the landscape gets all together narrower in terms of the tree line and the well placed and well presented bunkers. The 4th is the first of some really good looking par 3's at Longniddry. From a slightly elevated tee you are challenged to find a lovely green that has some superb undulation and run offs, run offs that have pretty dangerous bunkers awaiting for those stray shots. Tee off at the fifth is definitely an iron shot for position onto the angle of this slight dogleg and if you've mastered the tee shot you will have a short iron in your mitts, but beware, get this club selection correct and make sure you find the right tier of this green! I don't think I have ever witnessed such a slope on what would be described as a two tier green, but that may be a slight understatement! From top to bottom there must be a 20 decline and it is severe, although we managed the correct level which as a matter of interest was on the lower level, we did try a putt from the top tier and we did not fair too well!

    The sixth is another nice par 3 from an elevated position and then it is onto a stretch of the course which I found very interesting and a bit of a surprise as too how good this course was. Holes 7 through to 12 are played in amongst heavily mature tree lines, the tall trees are the pine sort that you see a lot of in the area and make for a backdrop that I personally find very attractive on a golf course. They may well be attractive but they are also very imposing and ask you to commit with the driver from the tee as left or right will mean a chip out sideways unless you have some Seve magic in the bag? I loved this part of the course, great layout on each hole.

    Your route will then require you cross back over the main road to encounter the remaining holes. There is a small stretch of holes within the finish which it is fair to say are not as interesting as those that precede, that probably says more about the quality of the beginning than being negative about the return for home. You will be offered up some great views of the coast line from the 14th tee which I mentioned earlier.

    The 18th green is perfectly placed in front of the overlooking clubhouse which awaits. The clubhouse is full of history and offers you the warm welcome that seems to be a 'given' in this neck of the woods. We had just missed the food service as we finished around 8.30pm so it was a quick pint and then off on our travels.

    Longniddry may not be as well known as some of its counterparts in East Lothian but I would recommend it to any golfer who visits the area, it is high quality golf at a very reasonable green fee and for me is the perfect option for a break from the links domination.

    Try it for yourself and book a tee time now, I look forward to reading your feedback I am confident it will be positive!

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    Your reviews

    Great condition but a tough test

    Average rating

    9

    8th January, 2017, by Timmacivor

    Played Longniddry with a member at the end of December and was impressed by the condition the course was in. Rough was understandably cut back but there was still a good definition to the course and the greens ran very true. There are no par 5s on this course but plenty of long testing par 4s, none more so than the closing 2 holes which I wouldn't like to play in a medal. The course has a part-links, part-parkland feel to it despite being 200metres from the Firth of Forth. Clubhouse has an air of history about it but not too formal and the food was good.

    Course

    9

    Greens

    9

    Facilities

    9

    Value

    10

    Hospitality

    8

    Super course

    Average rating

    9

    5th April, 2016, by Davethegolfer

    Super golf course often overlooked in the area, but do not make that mistake, always in very good condition and a real mix of holes.

    Great flyover video by the way!

    Course

    8

    Greens

    9

    Facilities

    8

    Value

    10

    Hospitality

    10

    Great!

    Average rating

    8.6

    31st January, 2016, by Goooolfer

    This is a great track that is sometimes overlooked with such a huge amount of courses in the East Lothian area, but ignore at your own cost because this is a great course, plenty of variety and always in very good condition, just don't come today as its covered in snow!

    Course

    8

    Greens

    9

    Facilities

    8

    Value

    9

    Hospitality

    9

    What no Par 5's

    Average rating

    8.4

    31st July, 2015, by TufffGowf

    Great course right by the sea with great views over the Firth of Forth - unusually there are no par 5's on the course but there are some long par 4's that feel like par 5's

    Course

    8

    Greens

    9

    Facilities

    8

    Value

    7

    Hospitality

    10

    Great mix of links and park

    Average rating

    6.8

    28th June, 2015, by walter thomson

    Runs close to the sea along the East Lothian coast, but mix of links and parkland.
    Challenging for all but with 5 long par 4s usually into the prevailing West wind particularly so for higher handicaps.
    Par threes are nice different lengths and orientations. Fifth hole with a dogleg than second shot to a two tier green is one of best. Short seconds will hit the slope and come back down so be up!
    Limited practice ground but nice old clubhouse with great evening views towards Edinburgh and the Forth bridges.

    Course

    8

    Greens

    7

    Facilities

    6

    Value

    7

    Hospitality

    6