Kilspindie Golf Club is located at Aberlady on the East Lothian coast in Scotland. The area is blessed with a plethora of quality links courses including Muirfield, The Renaissance Club, and the West Course at North Berwick, all within 10 or 15 minutes of each other. Throw in Dunbar, Craigielaw, Luffness New, Longnriddy, Gullane courses 1, 2, and 3, the east course at Nth Berwick, and 2 courses at Archerfield- and there is plenty of choice....
Kilspindie dates from 1867, and as such ranks as the 35th oldest course in the world.
The course is sited right on the Firth of Forth, with the first four holes, then holes 7 & 8 adjacent to the coast. There are no large dunes at Kilspindie so every hole has clear viewing of the firth across to the Kingdom of Fife. There is very little "quirk" factor here, just good solid links golf.
As you would expect the turf is firm and fast, the greens are not overly large or contoured, but have plenty of interest, and there are enough revetted pot bunkers on every hole to gain your attention.
Although only a par 69 with 4 par 3's and one par 5, Kilspindie is very short by modern standards, measuring only 5494 yards from the tips. There are 6 par 4's which come in under 300 yards!
This is a great course to hone your links golf skills, and an ideal starter for any trip to the area.
And the fun factor is off the scale!
You will not be required to hit many fairway woods into greens, but you will constantly be asked the question as to what type of shot, and which club to use, to approach those short par 4's.
With the greens and surrounds firm, and enough breeze to get your attention, it was a perfect opportunity to practice the bump and run, the punch shot, and improvise various half shots.
To me this is far more interesting than playing a full shot in to every hole, but then I just love links golf....
The course starts off from the quaint little clubhouse with a lovely par 3 defined by the firth behind the green and a cluster of those lovely revetted bunkers. Other stand out holes were the par 4, 4th hole with its green tucked on a point and the gorgeous par 3, 8th hole on its own little promontory, and with beach carries from the back tee.
One slightly sour note was a ridiculous back right tee on the par 4, 9th hole.
A new home was built right of the green, and now the club has put a screen up to prevent the tee shot heading that way, forcing you to aim left and hit a big fade, or end up in the long rough left...
Maybe the fairway needs to be extended to the left??
Overall I found Kilspindie to be a joy to play.
It is short by any standard, and there are no large dunes on the site.
But the seaside views are lovely, the turf exceptional, and the golf great fun.
And in the end of the day what more could you want?
This is just pure links golf.