In over a quarter century of sending our members across the pond to enjoy Golf and the Good Life, we’ve watched as our frequent travelers have evolved with time. After scratching the famous links of GB&I from their bucket list, some seek to explore courses off the well worn path, such as Northwest Ireland or the secondary courses near St. Andrews. Still others have sought to extend their golf travel resume beyond the British Isles, to destinations like Spain, Portugal, and Australia. Over the last couple of years, however, one shift in the desires of our members has stood out amongst them all.
The desire to stay put.
While the majority of our members plan itineraries featuring two or three locales, an increasing number are choosing to skip the hotel change in favor a single destination, all while still playing a different enticing course each day. There are several destinations where this option is actually quite easy, perhaps none more so than East Lothian – Scotland’s Golf Coast.
The East Lothian region is home to several of the most storied links in Scotland. The headliner, of course, is Muirfield and the Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers. The history and golf here both speak for themselves, and the Muirfield experience is simply second to none.
Nearby is the historic and sometimes quirky links at North Berwick. Perhaps it is the incredible views of Bass Rock, or maybe it’s the ancient stone wall that meanders through the course, but the West Links consistently ranks as one of the favorites for our Expeditionary Forces.
Directly next door to Muirfield is Gullane and it’s occasionally overlooked No.1 course. The links plays as something of a roller coaster, up and back down Gullane Hill, with a panorama from the peak that is among the finest tee shots in Scotland. And with the 2015 Scottish Open set to be played here, the world’s best will soon get to know Gullane.
The Good Life
Along with the world-class golf, there is more than enough of the Good Life to fill a week on Scotland’s Golf Coast.
Naturally, the Good Life doesn’t get any better than a post-round gin & tonic in The Smoking Room at Muirfield. However, a stay at the adjacent Greywalls paired with dinner at Osteria or the award-winning Chez Roux definitely runs a close second. And if it’s a little golf history you’re after, be sure to make an appointment to visit The Heritage of Golf Museum at Gullane – an exceptional collection that’s only topped by the passion of its curator, Archie Baird.
Although most of our members will continue to travel on multi-destination itineraries, there are plenty of great options for the traveler that wants to enjoy a week across the pond without having to repack the suitcase. With a mix of incredible Golf and an abundance of the Good Life, it’s possible there’s no destination better suited to the task than East Lothian and Scotland’s Golf Coast.