The Takeaway: Every student of golf architecture owes it to themselves to take a trip to North Berwick to experience the original Redan, play one of the first Biarritz inspired greens, and take their crack at the Pit hole where a wall separates the depressed green from the fairway. There are extremely compelling holes on each nine of this out and back routing with the stretch of 13-17 being particularly special. If you appreciate the quirks of old links courses then North Berwick has more than its fair share for you to enjoy, otherwise, this course won't be your cup of tea. Grade A-
Designer: Ben Sayers in 1932 (1832 6 holes, David Strath shaped in 1877)
Cost: £75.00 - £110.00 Click for current rates
Phone Number: +44 (0) 1620 895040
Course Website: Official Website - Visit North Berwick Golf Club's official website by clicking on the link provided.
Directions: Get here! - New Club House, Beach Rd, North Berwick, UK
Accolades: Ranked 8th in Scotland by Golf Course Gurus.
What to Expect: North Berwick has fascinated visitors for years with its fairytale seaside setting, peculiar design features, and authentic links experience. For golf nerds, perhaps the most well known feature of North Berwick is as the home of the original Redan design. Following the Redan hole players are treated to a Biarritz inspired green with as wild of contours as you could ever hope for. While some may not be inspired by the opening tee shot where an iron is often recommended and a massive area is afforded to hit, I found it to be a welcoming beginning to the course followed by one of the best approach shots on the links to an uphill green. Old walls run through the property and come into play more than once, including as protection to the 13th green, and is probably the most talked about feature at North Berwick. There are three buildings to be aware of when visiting. The first is the large clubhouse at the entry to the course when you are likely to be greeted by an enthusiastic member that delivers a hearty and heartfelt welcome to visitors and offers a quick tour of the facilities. Players are then ushered to the other two buildings on the property; one is the pro shop and the other is a building dedicated to handling the green fees and caddie arrangements. The pro shop is mostly dedicated to selling merchandise. The walking only course has a stronger back nine than front nine which is quite apparent during one of the finest stretches of holes in Scotland with 13-17 which I would be thrilled to play over and over. While some people aren't fans of the driveable par four closing hole framed by the parking lot on the right, I found it to be an exciting and fitting ending to a course full of the unexpected. Ultimately, North Berwick is a whimsical course full of unique features that only a links course could get away with; and it gets away with it beautifully.
By the Numbers
Individual Hole Analysis