16 reviews of Dunbar Golf Club
Dunbar is a tough but thoroughly enjoyable traditional links course. The best holes 4 to 17 run close to the sea with the 7th and 12th the pick. The holes 1-3 and 18th are separated from the rest of the course by a high stone wall and are predominately flat although the short 3rd is played from a raised tee. We played on a breezy day so much so that one of our fourball had his power trolley blown onto the beach on the 4th hole! Course conditions were superb and the clubhouse was welcoming although the locker room facilities could do with an upgrade.
Played Tuesday 15th May 2012. This is a tough challange, highly recommended for the better golfer. I play off 9 and found this course in the wind and rain to be a strong test. Very thing about this club was first class, a great set up and must play. My only advise is if the wind is up and your handicap is 16 and over you'll find this hard hard work.
A very stiff breeze, cold rain ever so slowly dispersing, 5 par 4s over 400 yards, it was gonna be a tough day! and it didnt start too well when the pro wouldnt refund the deposit for the member of our 4ball who was ill, was he trying to re-inforce stereotypes of tight Scots or what? anyway, the course was pretty damn cool, not as dry and hard-running as gullane (which was a shame), not quite as much a 'linksy' feel, although still pot bunkers and chip and runs order of the day, more grassy and looked after, but what a setting right along the coast, and what a tough test. some really scary shots with the ocean asking to be fed your ball. got 11 points less than at gullane 2 yesterday, without really playing much worse. after first 3 holes on one side of the ancient wall, i won't forget going through the gap in the wall to see what was in front of us, basically your playing up and then down the beach. scoring needed to be done on front 9 with the prevailing wind, but aidans hopes in tatters after a miserly 10 points. Coming back was always gonna be tough, 4 blobs in a row doesn't help Oli! scoring on every hole helps vazza to a lead going into the final day, but its anyone's game!
Played Dunbar in a strong east wind which made it very tricky. Great traditional links course, 9 out and 9 in. The greens were excellent. Great value for £35 (after 3pm). Friendly staff too. I would strongly recommend a round here.
Played this course on 27th April 09 as part of a party of 11 golfers and I must say it was a treat to play. The fairways and greens were in fantastic condition and the layout of the course is superb. Will not hesitate to return to this course and would play it again tomorrow if I could.
Can not believe no one has done report since 2006. Maybe this is to keep it secret! It is an "Open" qualifying course and is a great test of golf which was in fabulous condition with true, lightning fast greens, pristine fairways and testing sand bunkers. It "comes back" right along the coast which give great views and at times frighteningly difficult shots. We loved this course and the clubhouse meal afterwards was great value. If I lived in East Lothian, this is where I would play.
A group of friends and my self played Dunbar yesterday (6th December) and I thought the course was amazing!!! A lot of holes are played right on the coast line and I would imagine it would be a really tough course in any sort of wind!!
The greens and fairways were in excellent condition and the staff were all really friendly.
I think that there are plans to extend the course but if it was down to me I would leave the layout exactly how it is now!
There are a lot of original features on the course and some fairly tricky approach shots but for the winter rate of £25 a round I would make the 160 mile round trip tomorrow to play it again!
If your looking to play an original links course get yourself to Dunbar - you wont be disappointed!!
I cant beleive nobody has written about this course in the past, what a gem, I played on 06 dec 05 and the course was great, from tee to green the condition for the time of year was first class. A good test of golf for any handicap with some testing holes, i was 13 over after 7 holes but managed to have a great final 11 holes at just 7 over which is not bad for an 18 handicap!! The clubhouse and pro shop look small from the outside but are more than big enough when you go in. The staff were very friendly and the food very reasonably priced. Yes the West Course at north berwick cant be beaten in the area but for cost and closeness then Dunbar is a must if that green fee at the west course puts you off. A must play which i will be doing again in the summer.
Played this in majestic weather in June and the course was in good condition.
The clubhouse was excellent -both the welcome and the food were outstanding and the members were a hospitable bunch.
Truth be told however I don't think the course layout is that wonderful.
Our group didn't feel there are too many memorable holes and the view is completely wrecked by a large quarry operation at the turn.
It is testing especially when the wind whip ups but not overly long and the layout just feels a wee bit cramped IMHO.I'd recommend it if you're in the area looking for a cheap holiday type course but it is not in the same league as Gullane/North Berwick/Luffness
We were made very welcome by all of the staff and then had a tremendous round. The main feature of the course is the wall running down the right hand side on the first 7 holes. My particular favourire holes were the 4th, 8th, 13th and 16th which is a really tough par 3 if played into the wind. The best hole of all though for me was the 12th which is one of my favourite holes of all time. Not easy but the shot into the green is fantastically challenging. Well worth a visit when in East Lothian and I shall be interested to see how the pro's do in Open Qualifying.
Dunbar is excellent. The conditioning of the course was superb this summer. Less dramatic than many other links courses, the views to the sea and town provide a wonderful setting for an enjoyable round of golf. This is the kind of course that one would enjoy playing regularily.
Dunbar is a very testing course for those of us who tend to fade the ball (a polite word for slice) as many of the holes have either a wall or the beach running down the right hand side of the fairway. The course is very narrow and favours accuracy over distance. I played on a day when the sun was shining but the wind got up during the back-nine and made it a real challenge. Great views from 4th hole onwards but beware of the burn crossing the 6th and 17th fairways !
Played Dunbar in late May. The course was in excellent condition, no doubt helped by the fact that Dunbar is the sunniest town in Scotland (as claimed on their signboard!)
Quite a few beautiful holes playing along the coast, and when the wind whips up, it can get difficult. Had a great game.
Value for money as I have played the course about 8 times without paying once. Last summer the greens were poort as the result of a very bad winter & lots of damage from salt water. By August the ge=reens were almost bact to normal. This is a challanging course, especially when the wind blows!! There is a shorter & perhaps easier course on the other side of town (Winterfield) with one of the hardest par 3's in the world (the 1st). It too has good views. firstname.lastname@example.org Murray Austin
My Rating For Difficulty Was So Low Because That Day The Course Didn<t Show Its Teeth. I Played On A Calm, Misty Midsummer Morning Which Offered A More Than Fair Chance For Surprisingly Low Scoring Even If You Were Not Familiar With Links Type Golf. Nevertheless It Is True Fun. The Course Is Very Much Of A Typical Out And Back Layout Except The First 3 Holes Looping Near The Clubhouse Before The Course Stretches Out On The Links. The Last Six Holes On The Front Nine Are Definitely Not For Slicers For You Face Ob All The Way Down On The Right Hand Side. The Back Nine Can Become A Real Long Nasty Trail Back Home For It Is Usually Played Straight Into A Westerly Wind From 10# Thru 18# With The Beach To The Right (again A Draw Is The Preferred Shot). It Is Great Fun, The Course Is Very Well Maintained, Even During Dry Summer Periods. I Played With A Very Friendly Local (11 Hcp.) I Could Really Learn From How To Play This Hidden Gem Of A Traditional Links. If Gullane Is As Busy As It Normally Is When You Are There, Just Move To Dunbar And Enjoy A G
Everyone Heads For Gullane, North Berwick And Muirfield, But Dunbar Is A Gem And I Will Be Back On My Next Business Trip To Edinburgh. The Young Caddies Were Excellent And The Course In Fine Shape.
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