The Old Course at Musselburgh Links, near Edinburgh is a municipal course which is of great historic importance. It is believed to be the first ever golf course in the world and documentary evidence shows golf was played on these links in 1672.

old musselburgh links golf course

The course is situated within the racetrack of Musselburgh Racecourse. In the photograph you can see the 1st green with the racetrack in the foreground and the main racecourse stands behind.

playing musselburgh

Musselburgh is a short 9 hole course of 2954 yards from the white tees with a par of 34.  Musselburgh Links iold musselburgh hickory clubss open to the public all year round, with the exception of Christmas Day, Boxing Day, and New Years Day. When there is a race fixture at Musselburgh Racecourse, there are only a limited number of tee times are available. Contact the starter on 0131 665 5438
To really enjoy an authentic game of golf on this historic course the way it was intended, you can hire a set of original Hickory golf clubs from the starter !   The traditionally crafted clubs are supplied to Musselburgh Links by Montgomery Golf Ltd who are based locally in North Berwick. To hire Hickory clubs please remember to pre-book.

old musselburgh links golf cap

You can also buy some memorabilia from this historic course and read some more about its history.

The restaurant at the course, Saison is excellsaison restaurant musselburgh racecourse and golf courseent and all seating overlooks the panorama of the oldest golf course in the world and the award winning race course. The Restaurant offers a seasonal menu using locally sourced produce and has a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere whether you come for a coffee, beer, lunch or fine dining.

history of musselburgh

Golf was first played on Musselburgh Links in 1672, although there are reports of Mary, Queen of Scots playing here as early as 1567.  The 1672 date is based on a record in the Account Book of Sir John Foulis of Ravelston, where amongst many of his entries relating to golf, the following dated 2nd March 1672 is found :

"Lost at golfe at Musselburgh wt Gosfoord, Lyon etc,"

staying nearby

Edinburgh and East Lothian have a large number of excellent hotels and guest houses.

Closer to Musselburgh, in Portobello you could stay in the Best Western Kings Manor Hotel which has a leisure complex with a gym, tennis and swimming pool. It has a nice bar and restaurant and is on a bus route right into Edinburgh town centre.

best western kings manor hotel portobello edinburgh
Click here to access the Best Western Hotels booking website for The Best Western Kings Manor Hotel in Portobello, Edinburgh

 In Edinburgh itself you could stay at the Best Western Braid Hills Hotel which is set just 2.5 miles from the centre of town and is within a mile of 5 golf courses !

Click here to visit the website for the Best Western Braid Hills Hotel.


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things to see in the area

Edinburgh Castle is well worth a visit. You will see the Scottish Crown Jewels. The Royal Mile is the road which stretches from the Castle to The Palace of Holyroodhouse, which is the Queen's Official residence in Scotland. The Scottish Parliament is also at hthe bottom of the Royal Mile. Towards the bottom of the Royal Mile, on your left as you face in the direction of Holyrood Palace, and outside the old "Jenny Ha's" bar, you will see the plaque about Golfer's Land that is mentioned on our Leith Links website page.

Edinburgh has numerous excellent restaurants. There are many arts and theatre events on in Edinburgh and Edinburgh is famous for the Edinburgh Festival, the Festival Fringe and the Edinburgh Book Festival which take place over the summer months.

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