Kilspindie: One of the oldest clubs in the world – and one you will never forget

Hidden among the nature reserve of Aberlady Bay and the teaming waters of the Firth of Forth, Kilspindie Golf Club uses classical natural links land on the beautiful East Lothian coast.

Its salt marshes and mudflats support breeding grounds for a large variety of birds, including waders, ducks and geese.

In the distance, you can see the profile of Edinburgh, its castle, and the long extinct volcanic cone of Arthur’s Seat.

Kilspindie measures 5,480 yards from the medal tees with a par of 69, so you won't have too torrid a time here. Weather permitting, of course...


Golf has been known to be played over this piece of links land since the 16th century when King James V was a frequent visitor of Aberlady for “the archery and golfing”.

When the golf club was formed – as Luffness – in 1867 it was the 35th registered golf club in the world.

After 27 years, George Hope, the then landowner, had ambitions to create a new golf course closer to Gullane. In the end, the club split in two, with one half staying to play Luffness New Golf Club, and the remaining members accepted an offer from a neighbouring landlord, the Earl of Wemyss and March, to build a golf course on the links land bordering Craigielaw Farm. This was named Kilspindie in 1899.

Why it’s special

From its very beginnings Kilspindie built a reputation as a warm and welcoming club. Few changes have been made to the traditional Scottish links in more than a century, so golfers – irrespective of their standard of play – can continue to enjoy the same challenges as have so many in the past. The course is also a magnet for hickory-shafted enthusiasts.

Where is it?

Kilspindie is around 20 miles from Edinburgh near the villages of Aberlady and Longniddry on Scotland’s Golf Coast.

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Where does it rank?

49th in Scotland, 181st in GB&I, 9th in East Lothian, and 18th in Fun.

Get in touch with Kilspindie

For more information about the club and course, visit its website or call them on 01875 870358.

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