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The North Berwick Golf Club

North Berwick, Scotland
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Holes

18

Par

71

Built

1832

Type

Links Course

Architect

Martyn Huish

North Berwick Golf Club, established in 1832, is surpassed only by St. Andrews' Old Course for the length of time the game has been played on the same spot under the same management. Situated on the Firth of Forth with a spectacular panorama looking out on Bass Rock and Craigleith Island, The West Links—the club's other nine is designed for children—is a superb, classic links layout. The standout among the uniformly fine holes is the renowned par 3 15th, which is copied on many courses in the US (for example Shinnecock's 17th), is a Redan that Bernard Darwin has described as "a beautiful one-shot hole atop a platform with a bunker short of the green, to the left, and another further on to the right, so we must vary our mode of attack according to the wind." The landscape is enlivened by dips and rises, rock walls and some imposing bunkers.

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My favourite East Lothian course..

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I heard a lot of good things about the West Links and had high expectations before playing it. After the round I can say that the course lived up to its reputation. Many great architects from past and present used certain features and holes of North Berwick as inspiration for their own work. The most copied par 3 in the world is for example North Berwick's 15th hole called Redan - the green slopes severly from right to left and a bunker is guarding the front of the green. The sensible play is to hit the right side of the green and see your ball roll towards the pin. Anyway, North Berwick West Links is a classic in and out links course. The 1st and 18th hole play very similar as the same holes at the Old Course of St Andrews. So the wide fairway eases you in the round. The first standout hole is the cape style par 4 2nd hole. The beach on the right is in play and you can shorten the hole off the tee significantly if you choose an aggressive line. My favourite hole is also the quirkiest of the course. The famous par 4 13th hole called Pit. A stone wall is guarding the green. Quite an unique hole it is! The 16th hole features one of the craziest Biarritz style greens I've seen in my life. Find your ball on the wrong plateau and you can be happy about a 3-putt. Similar to the Old Course the 18th hole features a street on the right side. I was quite nervous on the tee! Make sure to go for a drink in the clubhouse after your round. You will have a wonderful view of the 18th hole!

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