By Kevin Markham - Editor, DG Scotland.
The combination of sandy links soil, bumpy terrain and pine tree-lined fairways comes together beautifully at Longniddry.
Set next to the shoreline of the Firth of Forth, the clubhouse overlooks several holes with the sea beyond. From here the 1st hole streaks into a backdrop of tall trees. It’s a wonderful start. The tall pines define the front nine as Longniddry flows over a number of different landscapes.
It adds to the thrill of the course and your approach shot on the short par four 5th, to a shelf green, is one of the highlights.
That said, both of the front nine’s par threes play from high tees to well bunkered greens below. Memorable tee shots, both. From the 11th on you start finding links influences… particularly those of the smooth, mischievous variety. Trees remain a feature (the dogleg 12th especially) but there is more space and the roll of the land now requires serious consideration.
Longniddry has not one par five but with eight of the 14 par fours stretching over 400 yards (from the recommended white tees) the par of 68 is utterly deceptive… which also describes many of the holes. Yes, it’s a demanding course but it is also hugely enjoyable. It’s a sweet combination and that tight sandy soil is a pleasure to play off.
The charming clubhouse is right beside the 18th, which we recommend for that 19th hole drink and food, with a typically warm Scottish welcome for all.