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Scotland is the ancient home of golf and as such is a world-class destination for those wishing to walk a few steps in the footsteps of golfing greats like Colin Montgomerie or Sandy Lyle.

However, those who are a little greener shouldn’t worry, as there are courses to suit all levels. And wherever you are in Scotland you’re never far from a golf course and Edinburgh is no exception. With six municipal courses, 28 private clubs and driving ranges nearby there’s no shortage of places to tee up.

A popular choice in Edinburgh is Braid Hills No. 1 [map]. Perched just ten minutes drive from the city centre this is a hilly but rewarding course. As you move from hole to hole you will see the kind of stunning views which make Scottish golf so world renowned. To add to its charm this pay-and-play course only costs around £15 to play on a weekend.

For beginners or parties of mixed ability the short, quirky Merchants of Edinburgh Golf Club [map] just two miles from the city centre may be more appealing. Or you could try the Silverknowes Golf Club [map] which is a municipal course set on the banks of the river Forth.

The Scottish golfing season runs from April to mid-October but some courses (usually links courses) can be played all year round. The nearest links course to Edinburgh city centre is The Old Musselburgh Links [map] which is the oldest playing golf course in the world.

Heading east further along the Scottish coastline you’ll come to East Lothian, a paradise for true golf enthusiasts. The jewels in this links crown include the Open Championship venue Muirfield, home to the Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers who crafted the first 13 rules of golf. To play this course you will need to apply in writing a year or more in advance.

Then there’s the small village of Gullane [map], with a population of less that 2,000 but with three superb courses all bearing its name. Number three is the cheapest to play but don’t underestimate the challenge. And with outstanding views of the sea North Berwick should not be forgotten.

If you are considering playing a few rounds while you’re in Edinburgh it is best to book in advance as courses especially historic or popular ones may get very busy and most private courses have playing restrictions for non-members. To avoid disappointment find out in advance.

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