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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

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