June 13th, 2023

#AskSean: We're Heading to Scotland... Got Any Hidden Gems to Play?

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I was first introduced to North Berwick a few years back on our Scotland golf vacation, and to this day, it remains one of the most fun I've ever had playing golf. The West Links at North Berwick and Royal Dornoch Golf Club top my personal favorites list.

A truly unique setting, the West Links Course at North Berwick is the perfect complement to any Scotland golf vacation. From the opening tee shot to the final hole, golfers are required to use their creativity, imagination, and shot-making skills as approach shots, often from undulating fairways into greens that are protected by deep bunkers, blind shots, and even the odd shot over a stone wall.

Highly Ranked & Too Close to the Old Course to Not Play

Located only 1 hour 45 minutes from the Old Course at St. Andrews, North Berwick will only increase the overall enjoyment of a Scotland golf trip. With breathtaking views of the Firth of Forth, the expertly crafted Redan hole #15, and so many other classic golf design features, golfers have been treated with this masterpiece since the beginning of golf.

North Berwick - Ranked #23 in the World

Dating back to 1832, North Berwick is a wonderful golf experience. Currently ranked #23 in the world, it is a must-play. In fact, take a look at the company North Berwick keeps in the world golf course rankings (Golf Digest):

20. Teeth of the Dog
21. Cape Kidnappers
22. National G.C. of Canada
23. North Berwick
24. Carnoustie
25. Swinley Forest

As one can see, North Berwick, albeit not as well known as some on this short list, certainly is highly touted in the world of golf. Golfers who play it once are left with a lasting impression and one that they will be quick to tell their friends about. I would also go as far as to say that it may make its way to the top of the list in the golf courses played on a Scotland golf package.

If the traveling golfer doesn't mind a relaxing and easy drive from St. Andrews to North Berwick, we can perfectly custom-create a golf package that would include both the Old Course and the West Links at Berwick. Of course, if you are not looking for the Old Course experience, North Berwick is easily combined with other wonderful golf courses in the area.

Start Planning Your Scotland Golf Vacation

When filling out the request form for your next Scotland golf trip, be sure to ask us to add North Berwick to your golf itinerary. Call us for more details at 877.634.0790.