With stunning views across the Firth of Forth to Bass Rock to admire all the way round, and quirky features galore, North Berwick is such an enjoyable course to play. Thought to be the third oldest course in the world still using its original fairways, golfers get a true feel for the origins of the game when playing here.

Starting and finishing in the town of North Berwick, with the 1st and 18th holes sharing a fairway, it certainly has a feel of the Old Course and St Andrews about it. Those who struggle with a slice will need to be wary of the beach on the 1st and parked cars on the 18th, but there is plenty of room to start the ball left.

This quirky course is full of character and interesting features, with stonewalls, deep bunkers, humps, hollows and burns all adding to the experience and providing much to discuss and debate in the bar afterwards.

Choosing one stand out hole is almost an impossible task as there are so many contenders. The par 3’s are of high quality and all deserve a mention, as does the 13th featuring the famous stone wall protected green, but the par 4 14th, known as ‘Perfection’ takes some beating.

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