The North Berwick Golf Club
The New Club House, West Links, Beach Road,
North Berwick, East Lothian EH39 4BB
Tel : +44 (0)1620 892 135 Fax : +44 (0)1620 893 274
The North Berwick Golf Club, established in 1832 is the thirteenth oldest in the world. A list of past captains displayed within the club highlights its distinguished past. Including knights. Earls, Lords Marquis and past Prime Ministers, history an tradition are very prominent here. The 'olde world charm', is backed up by a friendly and welcoming attitude towards all guests.
One of North Berwick's most famous golfing sons, Ben Sayers played in 43 consecutive Open Championships from 1880-1923. He was also a world renowned club manufacturer and teacher. His pupils include - King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra, King George V (then Prince of Wales) and the Grand Duke Michael of Russia. Ben Sayers workshop still stands in the fold in the rumpled ground close by the first tee of North Berwick's West Links.
The ancient club house houses two bars and a restaurant serving excellent refreshments.
1 km west of North Berwick on A198, 35 km east of Edinburgh
Information herein provided by the club 26 Feb. 99.
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|Course Name: North Berwick West Links Holes: 18 Yardage: 6420 SSS: 71|
|Golf has been played for centuries on the West Links of north Berwick and only at St. Andrews can you tread more ancient fairways. Such was North Berwick's fame an renown in the latter part of the 19th Century that is attracted big money matches along with Prestwick, Musselburgh an St. Andrew. As many as 7,000 would line links to watch challenge matches between the great players of the day. Often the sum of £100 was played for (£10,000) in today money). Not only is it venerable but it is one of the most attractive and stimulating links courses anywhere, with every hole setting a different problem of length, judgement, skill and direction.
An Open qualifying course, North Berwick's West Links has an antiquated charm all its own with walls, burns, yawning bunkers and no15, Redan, probably the most frequently copied short hole in the world.
The long 11th was also unashamedly reproduced by Donald Ross as Seminole's 18th (Florida USA). The 12th 'Bass' embodies risk/reward strategy at its finest while the 13th,'Pit' combines strategic dimensions with old world quirkiness. After 'Perfection', the 14th, the golfer moves on to the world famous 'Redan', a 192 yard par 3, that Bernard Darwin described more than 85 years ago as 'a beautiful one short hole atop a plateau with a bunker short of the green , to the left, and another further on to the right, and we must vary our mode of attack according to the wind, playing a shot to come in from the right or making a direct frontal attack'.
The West Links is a true links with commanding views of sea, over great wide sandy beaches, across the dark rocky islets of the Forth estuary to the green hilly Fife coast, the volcanic grey and white streaked hump of the Bass Rock and distant May Island on the horizon
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