Musselburgh Links, The Old GCMusselburgh Old Course Golf Club

Musselburgh Old Course Golf Club
Musselburgh Links, The Old Golf Course
Balcarres Road
EH21 7SB

Phone(s): +44 (0) 131 6535122
Fax: +44 (0) 131 6655438

Royal rumor has it that Mary, Queen of Scots, played at Musselbergh Links in 1567. The old links on the world's "oldest playing golf course" originally featured seven holes. An eighth came in 1838, and the full nine became playable in 1870. A piece of history remains near the green on the fourth hole, where Mrs. Forman's Inn still stands; the joint used to offer a wall hatch for early golfers to buy their refreshments from.

Tee-off at Musselbergh Links on the Short Hole - the 146-yard par-3, where, once upon a time, the green sat atop a plateau and accurate shots were needed to reach the putting area. There's no longer anywhere to rinse off on No. 7, the Bathing Coach, but the par-5 476-yard hole is the course's longest. Finish off at the 366-yard par-4 ninth hole, where the name, the Gas, refers to a gasworks that no longer sits behind the green.

At this point, you can backtrack to Mrs Forman's Inn, where you can still refuel.

Location: One mile east of town, off A1.

Musselburgh Old Course Golf Club
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A view of a green at Musselburgh Links, The Old Golf Course (Steve Jackson)

Golf course details

  • Holes: 9
  • Designed by: Donald Steel, Martin Ebert, Tom MacKenzie
  • Public/Private: Public
  • Year opened: 1774
  • Golf Season: Year round
  • Guest Policy: Welcomed
  • Tee times welcomed: Yes
  • Fairways:
  • Greens:


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

Green fees price ranges

  • Week days: £14.30
  • Weekends: £15.30

Course policies

  • Metal spikes allowed:
  • Dress code:
  • Credit cards accepted: Visa, Mastercard, Maestro, Delta

Length, slope and rating for each tee

Tee Par Length Slope Rating
White 34 2968 yd. 0 0
Yellow 34 2638 yd. 0 0
Red (W) 36 2665 yd. 0 0

Reader Ratings / Reviews

  • Musselburgh Old Course Golf Club
    4 stars out of 5
    by Brandon Tucker
    on April 24th, 2009 03:56
    Few golf courses in the world have the mixture of history and uniqueness as Musselburgh. It's just nine holes, inside a horse track, but it's still great links golf, especially if you play with the club's old hickories. BE SURE to have a pint in the clubhouse afterwards, one of the most beautiful and historic I've seen in Scotland.
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