Jeremy Ell­wood en­joys wak­ing up by the 1st tee in the Lodge at Craigielaw on the East Loth­ian coast

Golf Monthly - - Rory Mcilroy -

The Golf Par 71, 6,601 yards The course, which opened in 2001, plays over mostly gen­tly un­du­lat­ing linksland above neigh­bour­ing Kil­spindie Golf Club, with views out over the Firth of Forth and Gos­ford Bay. The greens, sev­eral of which are raised up, pose a real chal­lenge should you stray out of po­si­tion, but must surely bring a whole new di­men­sion to the short games of those who play here of­ten! The 9th plays back up to a long green by the club­house, while the 10th is a strong, well-bunkered par 3 in among some el­e­gant houses. The clas­sic risk-and-re­ward par-4 15th is reach­able some days, but if you miss pin-high left, you’ll be left scratch­ing your head at the chip you face. Also play… Craigielaw lies just four miles from Gul­lane (gul­lane­golf­ where cour­ses 1, 2 and 3 pose dif­fer­ing tests ac­cord­ing to abil­ity… or mood! Ac­com­mo­da­tion The Lodge at Craigielaw, which was added in 2013, of­fers 25 bed­rooms look­ing out over ei­ther the golf course or a pretty court­yard. The rooms are spa­cious, light and well equipped with large TVs, free Wi-Fi and tea/cof­feemak­ing fa­cil­i­ties… plus am­ple room for your golf gear. Meals can be taken in the restau­rant, with its ex­cel­lent wine list, the bar area, with its won­der­ful vista out over the links, or even al fresco in the court­yard. There’s some­thing spe­cial about wak­ing up right by the 1st tee, and few places do it bet­ter than Craigielaw, which also boasts a wealth of prac­tice fa­cil­i­ties to avail your­self of should you leave suf­fi­cient time be­tween break­fast and tee­ing off. Where else… Tan­tallon Cas­tle (his­tori­cen­vi­ron­ near North Ber­wick is an im­pos­ing me­di­ae­val ruin set high on the cliffs east of the fa­mous golf­ing town.

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