North Berwick (West)

North Berwick golf club
Graylyn Loomis
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North Berwick (West)

  • Course Type

  • GOLF Top 100 World Rank (2023-24)

  • Year

  • Architects

    David Strath
  • Par

  • Yardage


Course Overview

East of Edinburgh sits this fabled links. Among its many highlights is the 15th hole, the much-copied Redan, a par-3 played to an elevated, diagonal green. In the memorability department, however, 15 takes a backseat to the par-4 13th, The Pit, whose green sits directly behind a low stone wall. Less discussed but just as exciting is its 16th green, with its left and right plateaus separated by a deep channel. Our panel clearly appreciates the variety of obstacles that the golfer must overcome as the course has steadily climbed the World ranking since its initial appearance in 2007. (Photo: Graylyn Loomis)

3 things to know

  • Hole everyone talks about

    No. 13, par-4, 387 yards. Dubbed “The Pit,” the 13th is one of the most unique golf holes in the world. It plays along the coast and its green is tucked behind a stone wall.
  • Best non-golf amenity

    The beach! Seriously, North Berwick West Beach has stellar views of the island of Craigleith and the Bass Rock. It’s worth a stroll.
  • Insider tip

    Bring the kids … sorta. The Wee Course at North Berwick was the original home of the North Berwick Ladies Club, and now costs just £5 a day. Adults are allowed to play, only under one condition: they have to play with a junior.