Wednesday June 5 North Berwick Golf Club
North Berwick (18 holes)
Waking this morning in North Berwick, take in the view out my hotel window and there below me is the historic North Berwick Golf Club, todays golf test. First things first though. After five rounds of golf in only three days this old man is going for a massage. I’ll need it! Lets just call it a mid-week body tune up. Afterall I still have 3 rounds of golf in front of me. Clearly I must have subconsciously had this in mind when I made our noon tee-time reservation. Right?
The North Berwick Golf Club was established back in 1832 and is steeped in tradition and history. It is the thirteenth oldest golf course in the world. The course is a traditional links, which like St Andrews, starts and finishes at the clubhouse within the town, having wound its way along the Firth of Forth. There are stunning views over white sandy beaches, islands and across to the hills of the East Neuk of Fife. the 15th hole called “Redan” is the most copied par 3 hole in the entire world of golf course design and is on virtually everyone’s list as one of the 18 most famous holes in golf. But one hole does not a great golf course make. There’s more to this course than that. When you play here you hit over dunes, streams, stone walls, yawning bunkers and sandy beaches (which, by the way, are in play!). Not only is it a historic and venerable course, with its commanding views of the sea (the Forth estuary), it is one of the most beautiful and stimulating true links courses anywhere. That’s a course with a reputation. I look forward to playing here.