Musselburgh Links

A walk through history on the world's oldest golf course is a must-play.

Musselburgh Links

Mid Lothian, Scotland

Overview

Musselburgh Links Old Course comes by its' name honestly... It's the oldest golf course in the world!

Golf has been played here in since 1672 with Mary Queen of Scots reputedly playing here in 1607.

It is also home to the first halfway house - Mrs Forman's Inn. She served golfers through a hatch in the wall at the turn.

It was also the former home to the Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers which now plays at Muirfield.

It was also the course played by the Royal Musselburgh Golf Club, Royal Burgess Golf Club and the Bruntsfield Golf Society.

The 14th Open was played here in 1874 and won by Mungo Park. The 17th Open was played here in 1877 and won by Jamie Anderson. The 20th Open Championship was played here in 1880 and won by Bob Ferguson. Willie Fernie won the 23rd Open in 1883. David Brown was victorious at the 26th Open in 1886. Willie Park Jr won his second Open in 1889 in the 29th playing of the tournament.

Musselburgh Links Videos

No Laying Up's visit can be seen here

Watch Cookie Jar's video expose here

See Iona Stephen play The Old with hickories here


Golf Course Review

Musselburgh Links - The Old Course is the only 9-hole golf course to host the Open Championship not once, but six times between 1874 and 1891! It was one of the three original venues of The Open alongside St Andrews and Prestwick.

There are two maps that indicate the course as it was in 1855 and 1896. The 1855 Plan from March 24, 1855, gives an indication of the nearness of the beach immediately to the north. Once seaside, there is now reclaimed land on which the Levenhall Links Leisure Park sits. Other identifiable hallmarks include whins and a hand full of bunkers.

The April 1896 Plan is remarkable and virtually to scale. It allows you so see the routing and massive bunkers which once adorned the course.

The question then is: How much of the Open Venue course remains unchanged?

Hole 1 - Green
Hole 2 - Green
Hole 4 - Green
Hole 5 - Tee & Green
Hole 6 - Green

The foremost feature missing from Musselburgh Links is the Pandy Bunker. Perhaps someday the former Open Venue will once be restored to its former glory! One can only hope...

Joe McDonnell & Evalu18 Ltd

Featured Architect: Alister MacKenzie

As taken from his book, Golf Architecture, Alister MacKenzie felt the following were essential: 1 - The course, where possible, should be arranged in two loops of nine holes. 2 - There should be a large proportion of good two-shot holes and at least four one-shot holes. 3 - There should be little walking...

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Midlothian, EH21 7SR, Scotland

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Joe McDonnell & Evalu18 Ltd

Featured Architect: Alister MacKenzie

As taken from his book, Golf Architecture, Alister MacKenzie felt the following were essential: 1 - The course, where possible, should be arranged in two loops of nine holes. 2 - There should be a large proportion of good two-shot holes and at least four one-shot holes. 3 - There should be little walking...

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The Putter Tailor - Made to Measure Putters and Wedges

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