East Lothian golf courses named among the best in Britain and Ireland

FOUR golf courses in East Lothian, including the host of this year’s Women’s Open, have been named among the top 100 courses in Britain and Ireland.

Courses across the country have been rated out of 100 by Today’s Golfer.

Scoring is broken down into six criteria – design (40), setting (15), memorability (15), playability (10), consistency (10), and presentation (10).

The Renaissance Club, which will host the Genesis Scottish Open for the fourth consecutive year in July, was ranked 95th.

The Tom Doak course is described as “a beautiful modern links course” and scores a total of 76.

Nearby Gullane (No. 1) is ranked 65th and scores a total of 78.

The publication notes, “Expect beautiful views and consistency, as well as a beautifully conditioned course – exactly how a link should be presented.”

North Berwick is ranked second to East Lothian and 10th on the list.

The course is described as featuring “memorable hole after memorable hole” and “must play” as it scores 85.

However, at the top of the list for East Lothian – and fifth overall – is Muirfield, which hosts the Women’s Open for the first time in August.

Also scoring 85, Muirfield is described as “an impressive all-weather test, a test of strategy, ball-striking and us”.

St Andrews (old) takes the top spot on the list.

The list also includes a number of county golf clubs ranked from 200 to 101.

Archerfield (Fidra) is ranked 138, while Kilspindie is 136 and Gullane No 2 is 135.

Nearby Luffness is ranked 132 and further up the coast Dunbar comes in at 124 on the list.

Michael C. Ford