For golfers in Scotland August 2016
Edinburgh is buzzing with entertainment from August 5th to the 29th.
You can combine your golf with Edinburgh’s major festivals.
Edinburgh International Festival: The very best in performing and visual arts bringing world class performances to Scotland’s picturesque and historic city. The festival offers unmissable opportunities to experience the finest artists from around the globe. Experience the very best international opera, ground breaking theatre, electrifying dancing, intimate morning recitals and exhilarating evening concerts. Then there is the spectacular Fireworks concert. Make sure you do not miss the exceptional experiences at the world’s favourite festival.
Edinburgh Festival Fringe:
Each year thousands of performers take part using hundreds of stages in Edinburgh to provide shows for every preference. Some stars in the world of entertainment perform as do unknown artists looking to further their careers. The festival caters for all-comers and includes theatre, comedy, dance, physical theatre, circus, cabaret, children’s shows, musicals, opera, music, spoken word, exhibitions and events. In 2015 there were 50,459 performances of 3,314 shows in 313 venues, making it the largest ever arts festival in the world.
Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo: The Tattoo is a unique, unrivalled experience. It takes place on the esplanade, an 18th century parade ground, of Edinburgh’s renowned Castle. Look forward to an unforgettable evening of music, ceremony, theatre and dance. Hundreds of performers, both from Scotland and bands and organisations from abroad, gather under the dramatic backdrop of Edinburgh Castle. The many spectacles, which take place on the esplanade, combine unforgettable shows of military precision, every so often a battle re-enactment, military bands, traditional dancers, and a stirring finale of mass pipes and drums, capped by the lone piper playing from the castle battlements.
Edinburgh knows how to have fun, and it knows how to make its million visitors enjoy their stay each year. It has a significant golfing history. The first-timer will initially be impressed with its architectural beauty. The winding streets of the old town, the soft tones of the sandstone buildings and the sheer impressiveness of the castle at the top end of the Royal Mile immediately set the city apart. More people travel to the UK to see Edinburgh than any other destination apart from London.
A selection of Golf Courses in the Edinburgh Area:
North Berwick is an Open qualifying venue and most scenic links with views over the Isles of May, Fidra and Craigleith, the Bass Rock and the Forth to Fife. The course is sprinkled with top-notch holes and rewards strategy and guile rather than power hitting. The par three 15th, ‘Redan’, copied across the world, is 192 yards long with bunkers and sloping green protecting the pin. 6458 yards, par71.
Gullane 1 is a stunning links, an Open qualifying venue, it has hosted many other championships. The course snakes across Gullane Hill from where views of East Lothian, Edinburgh and Fife are spectacular. Greens, fairways and bunkers are all superb and the course presents one of the best challenges in Scotland. The 7th tee reveals exceptional views. 6466 yards, par 71.
Gullane 2 is a favourite of many locals. The course runs down Gullane Hill towards the nature reserve at Aberlady Bay. Although this links has plenty of length it is the testing short holes that offer the greatest challenge. It has hosted the Seniors Open Amateur Championship. 6244 yards, Par 71.
Royal Musselburgh is the fifth oldest golf club in the world and pride of place goes to the Old Club Cup dating back to 1774, the oldest trophy still competitively played for in the world. It is a picturesque parkland course kept in great condition and a treat to play, especially tricky the home stretch on the last five holes with two exceptional par 3’s. 6237 yards Par 70.
The Roxburghe has wide fairways following the contours of the land, deep bunkers and large rolling greens. Signature hole is from an elevated tee, the River Teviot borders the fairway, an imposing viaduct crosses the horizon. The whole course makes fantastic use of the natural landscape and the mature woodland setting, spectacular water features and an abundance of wildlife. 7111 yards Par 72.
Dalmahoy East is set in stunning countryside surrounded by woodlands, streams, lakes and the Pentland Hills It has been host to many prestigious golf events including the Solheim Cup, Scottish PGA Championship, Ladies Scottish Open and Scottish Seniors Open. 7475 yards, par 73.