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East Lothian Golf: Musselburgh Golf And Racing

To kick off Light Posting/Celebrating East Lothian Golf Week, I’d like to direct you to a story I wrote for the July 2013 Golf Digest on making your golf pilgrimage to Edinburgh and East Lothian. Nothing against St. Andrews, which is terrific, but if you love the history of the game, want to make the essential trip for a golfer and want to take a trip to Scotland without the long drives and travel stress, this is the place to set up shop.

Having spent another week here playing some golf, seen the courses in their perfect dry state, experienced more of the eateries, hung out in Edinburgh and settled into the towns of North Berwick and Gullane as a guest, I’m even more confident in my reporting from a year ago that this is a golfing mecca like no other.

To put it another way, I had that uniquely bittersweet emotion of driving through Gullane today, happily seeing life getting back to normal for the town but so desperately hoping I will get to come back and do it all over again.

As I outline in the story there are so many places to see and while I should start with the most historic locations in Edinburgh, in honor of today’s Tuesday racing card at Musselburgh Race Course, I’d like to direct you to videos I posted previous on the site from one of my favorite days in golf: morning play at the oldest played course in the world (with hickories), and afternoon of racing. Where the turf meets the turf.

And of course, should you decide to make this journey, is a super one-stop-shop for most questions, planning help and even tee times at some courses.

Enjoy and may all the horses come home safe!

An overview:

And the fourth hole:

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Reader Comments (14)

Doesn't get much better does it Geoff and I hope you enjoyed getting to grips with golf on a near concrete surface!!
07.23.2013 | Unregistered CommenterChico
ENVY! :-)

What's the name of he music on your video, Geoff?
07.23.2013 | Unregistered CommenterXiruluca
East Lothian has been our focal point since the '90s. Going back in September. It truly is The Kingdom.
07.23.2013 | Unregistered CommenterPasaplayer
Considering that from East Lothian one can get to St. Andrews or Carnoustie or Troon or Prestwick in 90 mins and Turnberry or Aberdeen in about 2 hrs, it is not like you have to commit to one specific area. North Americans sometimes don't realize how compact Scotland is. It might be a country, but it is about the same size as most avergage sized states.
07.23.2013 | Unregistered CommenterMarky Mark
Fun to read! Brings back some memories.
07.23.2013 | Unregistered CommenterAbu Dhabi Golfer
Canadian writer Curtis Gillespie spent a year in Gullane with his wife and young daughter and wrote a book about it called Playing Through, A Year of Life and Links in the Scottish Coast. It is definitely worth a read, kind of like Lorne Rubentein's A Season in Dornoch.
07.23.2013 | Unregistered CommenterWayne
Like pasaplayer, my ticket is already booked....
07.23.2013 | Unregistered CommenterTrysil
Standing next to the rail, with dirt, mud, or grass flying; feeling the ground shake- not the 3.0 Richter scale of 2 funny cars launching, but just as exciting to see 6 to 12 horsepower at full throttle!

Have fun!
07.23.2013 | Unregistered Commenterdigsouth
This is the original Brickyard Crossing!
07.23.2013 | Unregistered CommenterRickABQ
I' m a bit over halfway thru the read, and I believe ''gouf'' is what it'll be from now on. Darn, I too am jealous!
07.23.2013 | Unregistered Commenterdigsouth
Marky Mark ... it's not that compact! If you think you can get to those venues in the times stated then I rather think you'll be spending more than a night or two in one of Scotland's less salubrious bed & breakfasts viz. the local nick!
Speaking of hickories the US Hickory Open was just played near Philly at the Seaview resort in Galloway, NJ. There is a group of like-minded gentlemen endeavoring to resurect hickory golf in Philly this summer and Fall.

A rough site is up but anyone interested should check out:

Or email to stay in the loop.

07.23.2013 | Unregistered CommenterAmen Coroner
Second the question. What is the music on the lower video?
07.23.2013 | Unregistered CommenterJds
Pretty sure the music is a version of a Mumford and Sons track off their album "Sigh No More"
Not sure who is performing it or exactly what track. Lovely videos though!
07.23.2013 | Unregistered CommenterErrol

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