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In the words of one international golf reviewer, a visit to play golf at Dunbar provides “just about everything you can ask for”. This is certainly true if a challenging links course, stunning scenery and a friendly clubhouse are the elements you think make up the perfect golfing experience.

To play on our Open qualifying championship links is to play within yards of waves as they crash onto the rocky shore. It is to pit yourself against a course made by nature and then man's best efforts over 150 years. It is to walk in the footsteps of some of the greatest golfers in the world. 

We are confident you will share their view that no visit to ‘Scotland’s Golf Coast’, the 'Cradle of Golf', is complete without a round on a course regularly voted amongst the best in the country. 

Golf was first recorded in Dunbar almost 400 years ago. In 1617, just a few miles west of the town, one of the very earliest of golf references recalls “gouffers” breaking the Sabbath laws and being reprimanded by The Kirk. In 1794 the first golfing organization in the town is recorded when a body known as The Dunbar Golfing Society set down its rules and listed 27 members. 

The present course was first laid out in 1856 and redesigned over the years by such legends of golf course design as Old Tom Morris, Ben Sayers and James Braid, the result Dunbar East Links has a pedigree second to none. 

As befits such a gem of golf course architecture, it has played host to countless national and international championships. It is a final qualifying course for the Open when it is at  Muirfield, while The British Boys', The Scottish Amateur, Scottish Professional, Scottish Boys', British Ladies' and the Ladies Home International championships have all been played here. Interestingly Dunbar hosted the first PGA Championship on the European Tour in 1968 (now contested each year at Wentworth as the Tour's flagship event). Well defined holes following the natural contours of a narrow strip of land between the old  red sandstone deer park wall and the rocky shoreline are the hallmarks of these links. At a little over 6,500 yards, it is not the longest championship course. But any golfer thinking this equates to a lack of challenge will soon be put right. This is a course built upon those old fashioned golfing virtues of club selection and shot-making. With the ever-present – and ever-changing – wind off the sea, it demands accuracy and judgement, and rewards only bravery and skill.

Even with such a wonderful pedigree a round at Dunbar can be enjoyed by players of all abilities and we know that a return visit is always high on any golfers wish list. 

A warm welcome and a wonderful golfing experience awaits you at Dunbar.

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