On previous visits to East Lothian I’d driven past countless signs for Haddington, which is partly what inspired me to focus on inland golf on my latest trip, a return visit to Kilspindie notwithstanding.
Haddington dates back over 150 years, playing over rolling terrain by the River Tyne (no, not that one!). The green on the opener is beautifully framed, and angled towards you to encourage a confident first approach, but the 2nd from the elevated back tee is a shock to the system at 468 yards. The green on the 4th takes some mastering, too, as it slopes viciously down from left to right. The 7th and 9th are both good downhillers bookending an unusual par 3 up and over a 30ft bank short of the green.
Coming home, the 14th is a pretty one-shotter, while the cascades in the Tyne flanking the tough 15th will catch your eye. The 16th was my favourite hole, though: an excellent dogleg right with an old Victorian summerhouse standing down the left of a fairway that demands an accurate drive. Stats: par 71, 6,384 yards W: haddingtongolf.co.uk GF: £50/£45wd per round/day; £44/£53we per
Haddington Gifford Royal Musselburgh Kilspindie