Dunbar Golf Club is another of Scotland’s long-established golfing associations. With its roots tracing back to 1856, this is a course that was set out by nature and adjusted by man. The rocky shoreline has been a permanent border for the course, protecting players from the North Sea breeze.
This Open qualifying championship links course retains many aspects of the layout Old Tom Morris gave it all those years ago. The course flows along its natural contours, with the coastal terrain offering up plenty of natural features that Old Tom was able to shape. The Isle of May, Bass Rock, and the far-away shadow of Fife across the water are all sensational imagery to enjoy as you plot your way around. The expansive views out to sea are worth the trip alone.
One could look at the card and infer, given the short distances, that they could be set up for an untroubled round. This would be a tremendous mistake, because Dunbar is laid out so well that it cannot simply be overpowered. As advantageous as a long drive is, accuracy is the most highly sought after commodity on the tee here. An ability to play a variety of shots from the fairway or rough will be asked of you, while the imaginative player may well thrive.
Despite its age, Dunbar could be considered a hidden gem. If so, then it is one of Scotland’s best kept secrets. If a challenging links course, breathtaking scenery and a friendly clubhouse are the elements you find most important in your golfing experience, then you will adore your time at Dunbar.