Elie – Golf House Club (The)

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At A Glance

Holes 1, 2, 3 & 18 are thought to be James Braid's.

Holes 7, 8, 9, & 17 are thought to be Old Tom Morris'.

There are no par 5's and only two par 3's. That means 16(!) two shotters!

One of Elie's marvels is the periscope, salvaged from HMS Excalibur, which is used by the starter to ensure your way is clear.

Sir Michael Bonallack said of Elie: “If you love links golf, you will love Elie. Close-cut running fairways with firm, fast, true greens. A memorable and enjoyable test for golfers of every ability.”

Peter Thomson wrote of Elie: “It’s quirky and it’s the most enjoyable course I know. If I had my way I’d build Elies all over the world.”

Further Viewing

No Laying Up visited the course and the video can be seen by clicking here

The club promo video can be seen here

Hidden Links video can be seen here

Further Reading

Golf Club Atlas' review of the course can be found here

Sean Arble's tour of the course can be found by clicking here


Full Course Review

The Golf House Club - Elie is of the finest historic links in Fife - located just 12 miles from St Andrews.

At just 6,273 yards, Elie Golf Club isn't long by modern standards but it is well guarded and doesn't give in easily. There is fine turf, large undulating greens, a persistent slope towards the sea, strategic bunkering and an ever-present wind that continues to preserve it as a fine test of golf without reliance upon distance.

Five-time Open Champion, James Braid, took up golf on these links and won his first local tournament age 8 here. He would later move to London and then Walton Heath, where he served as professional for the remainder of his life.


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