North Berwick West Links Golf Course
The fabled West Links at North Berwick is a course like no other.
Golf has been played here since the early 1600’s with the course finally extending beyond the Eil Burn in 1877 to form 18 holes.
Alterations to this layout, giving the course its present shape, were carried out under the supervision of Ben Sayers in 1932.
The West Links was home to the Scottish Boys Championship for 40 years and has hosted many other events including Final Open Championship Qualifying for nearby Muirfield.
Hole by hole guide
- North Berwick West Links Golf Course
- 1st Hole : Point Garry – Par 4
- 2nd Hole : Sea – Par 4
- 3rd Hole : Trap – Par 4
- 4th Hole : Carlekemp – Par 4
- 5th Hole : Bunkershill – Par 4
- 6th Hole : Quarry – Par 3
- 7th Hole : Eil Burn – Par 4
- 8th Hole : Linkhouse – Par 5
- 9th Hole : Mizzentop – Par 5
- 10th Hole : Eastward Ho! – Par 3
- 11th Hole : Bos’ins Locker – Par 5
- 12th Hole : Bass – Par 4
- 13th Hole : Pit – Par 4
- 14th Hole : Perfection – Par 5
- 15th Hole : Redan – Par 3
- 16th Hole : Gate – Par 4
- 17th Hole : Point Garry (in) – Par 4
- 18th Hole : Home – Par 4
1st Hole : Point Garry – Par 4
A gentle opening hole which requires a tee shot short of the path followed by an approach aimed left of the flag.
2nd Hole : Sea – Par 4
This slight dog-leg hole runs along the coastline westwards. Second shots must avoid the deep faced bunker 30 yards short of the green.
3rd Hole : Trap – Par 4
The gap in the wall is the ideal line from the tee. Approach shots must clear the wall 135 yards from the front of the green.
4th Hole : Carlekemp – Par 4
A fine short hole with a two-tiered green and bunkers left and right. Named after the former Priory School adjacent to the putting surface.
5th Hole : Bunkershill – Par 4
This hole requires an accurate drive between the bunker on the left and the hidden fairway bunkers on the right. Once negotiated, a straightforward iron into the green should set up a birdie putt.
6th Hole : Quarry – Par 3
The shortest hole on the Links. Avoid the cavernous bunker guarding the approach to this hole at all costs. Once on the green, no worse than two putts should follow.
7th Hole : Eil Burn – Par 4
A tee shot on the fairway will give you the best chance of carrying the Eil Burn with your second shot. Three well positioned bunkers to the right of the green will catch any wayward approach.
8th Hole : Linkhouse – Par 5
The first of the three par 5 holes at North Berwick.
Strategy here depends on how far you hit your tee shot due to the fairway bunkers.
A lay up short of the traps can still yield a birdie with an accurate third shot.
9th Hole : Mizzentop – Par 5
The line to the right of the fairway bunkers is the safest route here but it lengthens the hole as well.
Make sure you hit enough club for your approach into this elevated green as anything short may well find a bunker.
10th Hole : Eastward Ho! – Par 3
The turn for home begins with a short hole from an elevated tee. The five bunkers guarding this green await any miss-hit tee shot.
11th Hole : Bos’ins Locker – Par 5
Once you have found the fairway from the tee, your second shot must lay up short of the bunkers or carry the diagonal slope.
Any approach shot must be played left of the pin or the bunker on the right awaits.
12th Hole : Bass – Par 4
Play this hole as a dog-leg aiming your tee shot between the two bunkers.
This gives the best line into the green which slopes right to left and back to front.
13th Hole : Pit – Par 4
A memorable hole as the green lies sunken behind a stone wall.
Two good shots however, will set up a birdie chance.
14th Hole : Perfection – Par 5
A drive to the left-centre of the fairway will leave a mid-iron to the green.
Second shots must clear the ridge to set up birdie opportunity.
15th Hole : Redan – Par 3
Much copied but this is the original.
Tee shots beyond the flag yield more pars than those short.
Take your 3 and carry on.
16th Hole : Gate – Par 4
Whether you drive over the burn or lay up short, it is the approach shot here that is key here.
The Biarritz style green is 56 yards long and shot choice is dependent on the pin position.
A par 4 is always good a good result on this hole.
17th Hole : Point Garry (in) – Par 4
Aim your tee shot on the Bass Rock for the best line in to this green.
Second shots in must carry the ridge and bunker which guard the approach.
18th Hole : Home – Par 4
A good chance to finish with a birdie in front of the clubhouse.
If you are not having a cut at the green, a shot towards the left half of the green will avoid the valley on the right.