14 reviews of Craigielaw Golf Club
Played on 15/5/13 on a bitterly cold day with a two to three club wind straight off the North Sea.
Course was in poor condition, especially the greens which were still showing evidence of tining and sanding. The 17th green in particular was covered in sand. I accept that the terrible winter may have delayed essential maintenance but the greens at Dunbar, Gullane and North Berwick which we played on the same tour were all superb.
Overall I was not blown away (no pun intended!) by the course layout. There are a few nice holes, but much of the course consists of straight holes of similar length. The bunkers and the undulating greens offer the main challenge.
On the flip side the clubhouse was very impressive with excellent facilities including a sauna, which I used to thaw out!
Craigielaw is an absolute beaut of a golf course. It has the overall feel of a traditional links but there are a few subtle differences that make it really stand out. The raised greens are more akin to the stadium courses in the USA but I really thought they fitted in well on a links course. The short game had to be razor sharp an more so than other links courses, so did your iron play from the fairways.
A thoroughly enjoyable course with friendly staff throughout...I will be returning as soon as possible and will be bringing friends. I booked with a company called yourgolftravel.com and I got great value for money.
Myself and three of my golfing buddies plyaed this course on a glorious day last month and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. I had heard good things about Craigielaw and as it turned out they were all true.
The huge raised greens here aren't in the style of traditional links courses but add a degree of difficulty to approach shots. We enjoyed the challenge of avoiding the devilish bunkers and soon realised this is the most important thing to do on this course after one of us found one from the tee...needless to say he didnt make a quick escape!
The greens were good as was the overall condition of the course. We would recommend anyone who is visiting this course to but a course-planner before teeing off. Club selection from the tees and accuracy from the fairways are the key to a good score around this lovely seaside gem. A must play on a Lothian golf tour.
29 september 2009
Played this course on our first of four days in Scotland and wot a welcome it was there was 11 in our group who between us have played a lot of top courses around the world but by far this was the most friendliest golf course by a mile . The gentleman who welcomed us the pro and the chef couldnt do enough superb. The course was hard but a good test,it was for me a typical links course you had to plot your way around i loved it .
I'm sort of surprised at the number of positive comments here. To me, this is one of the worst courses I've played in Scotland. It's like the course doesn't know if it wants to be links or parkland. It's links turf but the architect went completely bunker-happy and there are lots of raised greens and front-bunkering. There's hardly anywhere to land the ball and keep it on these greens. I'm a 3 handicap and love a good tough test as long as it's a FUN tough test. This is a tough test that is not one bit fun. The course is in so-so shape also.
The thing I DO agree with is how friendly the staff is. They were fantastic and made sure we had all we needed. The clubhouse is clean but sterile and lacking much charm.
What a disappointment for £75 for the round and £15 for our food and drink. Poor fairways with masses of divots out and bare patches, we all ended up in one at some point of the round and poorly manicured bunkers.
Food was fine, when it arrived after an hours wait.
Very picturesque and a good challenge, I played it well, but a great shame about the condition it was in, we won't go back in a hurry.
The course is still fairly new but was a delight to play. The defence this course has are the raised greens that are very undulating surrounded by very deep bunkers. It was a great test. Plus the practice facilities and clubhouse were first class. Good value links golf.
I thought Craigielaw is a well laid out course with excellent facilities and a friendly atmosphere...BUT!! The condition of the course left a lot to be desired and suprisingly they were holding the Scottish Ameteur Championships there the day after i played. I know links golf should be firm and fast, but Craigielaw on the day i played it was TOO HARD! I fould it impossible to stop a well struck ball on a single green, even playing from the fairway with a Pro V1. To really enjoy the course in those conditions would require a 'Harry Houdini' short game!
This course is AMAZING!! From the second our golf party arrived all the staff couldn't do enough for us! The clubhouse is a new building and has excellent facilities! We had a full English breakfast which was delicious and the service was 1st class. The course is young but still gives a good test! The bunkers are well placed, the greens can be tricky and some of your tee shots need to be well placed, especially when there is a strong breeze! I loved the entire day at Craigielaw and will definatly be returning in the very near future! I cant recommend it enough!!!!!!!
What a course. Brilliant nclubhouse an the staff from my initial call to book to us arriving was by far the friendliest course i have ever dealt with. The course is very good despite its young age. Well placed bunkers make it a good test which is even harder when the wind gets up. A must play if in the area and one my group will certainly be returning to play in the future.
When arriving at Craigielaw, i was very impressed with the overall look of the location, the club house was very impressive,tidy,modern,spacious.
The staff were very friendly and nothing was to much to ask, the food and drink unbeatable, and to top it off the course was excellant, well looked after,challanging and different.A must play course.
My friends & I have played most of the courses on the West Coast of Scotland. This rates among the top 30. Elevated fast greens coupled with an offshore wind make it good test of Golf. Very welcomming staff, combined with good food at reasonable prices.
I played this course in 2003 before the clubhouse was finished. I liked the course except for the fact that two holes (10 & 11) play through houses. We have enough of that in the States that it put me off. Otherwise, it was a fine round in lovely, breezy weather.
Played the Craigielaw Open on Sun.20th June 2004 and was very fortunate to have a lovely, relatively calm afternoon for playing golf. Scores would soar if the wind was up. Some of the fast links greens were not the biggest so
stray approach play tends to get punished by strategically placed greenside bunkers. Tall, wispy rough borders most fairways but is not too penal. You would be hard pushed to know that this is such a new golfing venue. The views across the Firth of Forth to Fife are simply stunning. The clubhouse is ultra modern, pity there was no evening meal available for hungry golfers like me who had a one and a half hour trek back to Glasgow before getting fed.
Nonetheless, a really good addition to links courses on offer in an area where you are already spoiled for choice.
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