Musselburgh Links- The Oldest Golf CourseMusselburgh Links- The Oldest Golf Course


Musselburgh Links is known as the world's oldest playing golf course.

It is equally well known for the fact that the 9 hole course is located in the middle of a busy racecourse.

Ideally located on the outskirts of Edinburgh, and on the road to the iconic golfing destination of East Lothian, Musselburgh Links offers golfers a glimpse of golf's beginnings.

The Open Championship was played here 6 times between 1874 and 1889, so Musselburgh's place in history is assured

Back in the day they played the 9 hole loop four times in a day for the Claret Jug!


The course has changed little since those early days, so it is a wonderful chance for Travelling Golfers to 'go back in time' and experience the old course.

Even better is the fact that Musselburgh will hire out hickory clubs to enhance a truly unique golfing adventure.


Musselburgh Links- using the hickoriesMusselburgh Links- using the hickories


The course itself is modest compared to the modern Open courses, but holds it's own when played with hickories


Notable holes include:


- hole 1 (Home Hole), a 240 yd par 3 across the racetrack

- hole 2 (The Graves), a 348 yd par 4 in the middle of the racetrack


Musselburgh Links- hole 1Musselburgh Links- hole 1

Musselburgh Links- hole 2Musselburgh Links- hole 2



- hole 6 (The Table), a 326 yd par 4 which negotiates some undulating ground en route to a raised green


Musselburgh Links- hole 6Musselburgh Links- hole 6


- hole 7 (The Bathing Coach), a 479 yd par 5 that plays long with the hickories..

- hole 9 (The Gas), a 350 yd dog leg par 4 with a very well protected green


Musselburgh Links- hole 7Musselburgh Links- hole 7

Musselburgh Links- hole 9Musselburgh Links- hole 9



In my opinion playing Musselburgh Links with hickories is a great start to any golfing trip to Scotland, and should not be missed!


Golf Tours

The Travelling Golfer can arrange group golfing tours to Scotland.

Some suggested itineraries can be found at Destinations: Scotland.

We would be happy to tailor a tour to the requirements of your group.

Please note also that Musselburgh Old Links is an optional additional course to visit on The Open Rota Tour- a hosted golf tournament played over all of the current Open Championship courses




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