Playing the Course
In the words of one international golf reviewer, a visit to ‘The Cradle of Golf’ at Dunbar provides ‘just about everything you can ask for’. That’s true if a challenging links course, stunning scenery and a friendly clubhouse are the elements that make your perfect golfing experience.
Designed by Old Tom Morris around 1850, Dunbar East Links – situated on the Firth of Forth estuary – is a breathtaking layout of a Championship links course that stretches across 6404 yards of coastal terrain.
All major Scottish Championships have been played here, The Scottish Amateur, Professional Championship and Scottish Boys’ Championship. It’s also been used as an Open qualifier on several occasions.
Playing on the Open qualifying championship links with waves crashing on nearby shores is to pit yourself against ‘Mother Nature’. You’ll also walk in the footsteps of some of the greatest golfers in the world.
Dunbar Golf Course
Well defined holes following the natural contours of a narrow strip of land between the old red sandstone deer park wall and the rocky shoreline are the hallmarks of these links.
At a little over 6,500 yards, it’s not the longest championship course, but this is a course built upon those old fashioned golfing virtues of club selection and shot-making. With the ever-present – and ever-changing – wind off the sea, it demands accuracy and judgement, and rewards only bravery and skill.