Luffness New Golf Club, Aberlady, East Lothian
Founded 1894. Links Course
Given the name, you might not expect it but Luffness New was established in 1894 and designed by Old Tom Morris. At 6,500 yards in length, this is a challenging par 70 layout and the course hosts qualifying rounds for the Open Championship. Luffness New can play very tough when the wind blows and the rough is up but the fairways are beautifully kept and the golfer who can keep the ball down the middle will find little to worry them. There are many good holes and the long 4th, with a deceptive hollow in front of the green, calls for a well judged approach. The 8th and 12th also merit a special word of praise for their attractive layout from the tee. All in all, Luffness New sits well in the company of North Berwick, Gullane and Muirfield.
Great golf is only part of the story when considering what makes the perfect golf trip. Thankfully the other essential components are all found in abundance in Scotland, not least in the sights to see department. Whether scheduling a day off from golf or filling an afternoon after your morning round, there are many options regardless of which region you are visiting. The below is intended as a very general guide to sightseeing in Edinburgh and the Lothians.
Central to your time in this region is the wonderful and historic city of Edinburgh. Whether you are staying in the city itself or on the East Lothian coastline, Edinburgh is sure to be one of the highlights of your trip. Not to be missed is a visit to Edinburgh Castle (pictured above), with its many highlights including the Great Hall, Royal Palace, National War Museum, Stone of Destiny and Scottish Crown Jewels. Other attractions in Edinburgh include the Royal Yacht Britannia, National Museum of Scotland, National Gallery of Scotland, the Scotch Whisky Experience; and the official Scottish residence of the Queen at the Palace of Holyroodhouse.
To the east of Edinburgh, the Lothians landscape is dotted with castles, each one telling its own tales of bygone days. These include medieval Dirleton Castle in the village of Dirleton and the imposing Tantallon Castle in North Berwick, which stands perched in the most dramatic of cliff-top settings. Other attractions in the Lothians include Dunbar Town House Museum & Gallery in the town of Dunbar, the 17th Century House of Binns near Linlithgow, Glenkinchie Distillery and the impressive ruins of Linlithgow Palace, the birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots in 1542.