On the opposite bank of Aberlady Bay to Gullane, the Kilspindie Golf Links sits in amongst some of golf’s global aristocrats. The world ranked top 10 course of Muirfield is only a matter of 3 miles to it’s north. Kilspindie Golf Club is one of the finest, lying hidden among the nature reserve of Aberlady Bay, the quaint village of Aberlady, and the teaming waters of the Firth of Forth. How many courses can boast of a “magazine” and a “target” on their course, yet these small buildings were exactly that up to the end of the First World War when the local territorial army unit used Kilspindie in conjunction with the golf club – one had to be aware of other hazards in those days!

The phrase ‘hidden gem’ is used all across golf to describe an under appreciated course that invariably impresses those who discover it. You will be familiar with what to expect when encountering it. Faraway Fairways would probably concur with the oft shared view that the Kilspindie Golf Links is Lothian’s ‘gem’.


Founded 1899
Yardage 5502 yds
Par 69
Scottish Ranking 59th
Handicap Restrictions No handicap restrictions apply



The Course itself

The Kilspindie Golf Links were designed by Park and Sayers with minor modifications over the years. The first hole is a par 3, due north whilst the 2nd hole is the only par 5 and, when played into the prevailing wind from the south west, can play more like a par 6 or7! The third hole ‘Arthurs Seat’ presents you with panoramic views across the bay towards the extinct volcano that overlooks Edinburgh in the distance

The signature hole is the 8th, playing across a sandy bay from the medal tees. Some years ago, during an Assistant Professional’s competition, there were two holes in one on consecutive days – the first with a wedge, the second with a 3 wood. The joys of the Lothian weather!

The tenth hole, ‘pond’, is one of our favourites, as water isn’t normally a hazard that you associate with links, and devilishly well placed pond patrols the approach. Large tankers out in the Firth with the mountains beyond provide a stunning backdrop

It’s worth making a note about the 18th too, which is a very driveable par 4. If you’ve entered into a little bit of a matchplay wager amongst your group, than the closing assignment could easily have been designed for you. No appraisal of Kilspindie would be complete however without an acknowledgement of the food available at the clubhouse. Muirfield might hold sway in terms of course rankings, but if warmth of welcome, hospitality, and food were used to arbitrate, Kilspindie would rocket through the ratings list



Buggy hire, Trolleys, Caddies and Clubs

Practice Area Yes
Rental Carts Available Yes
Rental Trolleys Yes
Caddies Yes
Rental Clubs Available Yes
Pro Shop Yes


When playing Scotland you are very much in the heartland of the sports traditions. In a lot of cases this won’t extend to 20th century inventions such as buggies/ carts. You are invited to take a step-back into history to a large extent and play a round in the manner more akin to how the game was originally conceived. This is quite normal for the top courses.


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