Golf House Club: #16Elie Golf House Club

Elie Golf House Club
The Golf House Club
Golf Course Lane
Elie, Fife KY9 1AS

Phone(s): +44 (0) 1333 330955, +44 (0) 1333 330301
Fax: +44 (0) 1333 330895

Today's 18-hole golf course at Elie is a 6,251-yard (par 70) course, and the 4th through 7th holes still appear much as they were 400 years ago. Indeed, time and nature alone are responsible for today's layout. The course gradually took shape over centuries, and it is only in the last 120 years that it became the present layout. There was no official completion date or course architect, other than nature. Today's rather queerly named Golf House Club, Elie, was formed in 1873 in order to raise money to build a clubhouse for the expanding course, which to this day doesn't really have a name; it is identified usually as simply the Links at Elie. This gradual, almost organic evolution of the links here is what makes Elie a must for the golf connoisseur. The quirky, quizzical confabulation of holes includes no par fives, only two par threes, a half dozen short par fours, as many blind tee shots, and one of the best four-hole strings of seaside holes in the Kingdom of Fife. -- Kiel Christianson

Hole highlight: 13th (380 yards, par 4) – James Braid called it 'the finest hole in all the country'. Drive right to avoid a grassy hollow. An accurate approach is needed to a long and narrow elevated green.

Elie Golf House Club
3.5 stars out of 5 (based on 4 reviews)
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A view of green #16 at Golf House ClubA sunny view of hole #11 at Golf House ClubElie Golf House Club - 10th green ( Photo by Kiel Christianson )

Golf course details

  • Holes: 18
  • Public/Private: Private
  • Year opened: 1875
  • Golf Season:
  • Guest Policy: Visitors are welcome and can book times after 10:30
  • Tee times welcomed: Yes
  • Fairways:
  • Greens:


  • Pro in house: Yes
  • Driving range: Yes
  • Rental clubs: Yes
  • Rental carts: Yes

Green fees price ranges

Course policies

  • Metal spikes allowed:
  • Dress code: On the Course players must be smartly attire and golf shoes must be worn. In particular jeans of any sort are not permitted and if men are wearing Bermuda- type shorts, knee length socks must be worn.
  • Credit cards accepted:

Length, slope and rating for each tee

Tee Par Length Slope Rating
White 70 6273 yd. 0 0

Reader Ratings / Reviews

  • Elie Golf House Club
    4 stars out of 5
    by John Kearns
    on June 26th, 2010 20:05
    Elie was the most delightful round of golf we had in Scotland. When I think of classic, hospitible, relaxed links golf I'll remember the Golf House Club. Thanks for a great experience.
  • Elie Golf House Club
    4 stars out of 5
    by Norman Anderson
    on September 28th, 2009 12:40
    Brilliant setting straddling the linkland of the vilage of Earlsferry which joins up with Elie.

    Don't go expecting to be allowed to wear shorts though! You will be asked to hire long white socks. A tradition going back a long time.

    Greens are very quick and you will ned to play a variety of shot to score well. 2 of the holes should be par 5's.

  • Elie Golf House Club
    2.5 stars out of 5
    by Andrew Silfen
    on July 21st, 2009 08:49
    This is a course that is incredible and unique. Hard by the sea as it winds through town the views are special and the course reminds one of a place where sheep hid in the hollow from the howling wind. The short 10th hole is a treat and the views of the hill as you approach the 17th look like there are steps built in the hill. You almost expect to see a white haired man in a loincloth carrying a tablet.
    It is my belief every course designer should play here to better understand golf course lay out. My last round there we saw the Ohio State ladies (team) teeing off. I believe they liked it too.
  • Elie Golf House Club
    4 stars out of 5
    by kielc
    on August 19th, 2008 10:49
    Quirky, old-school Scottish links golf at its best. From the periscope at the starter's shack, the holes run almost through the town and then tumble down toward the sea. If the wind is whipping, this somewhat short course will feel like it's 7,000 yards. A heck of a deal with respect to green fees, too.
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