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Luffness New

Founded: 1894
Designer: Old Tom Morris
Championship Length: 6,502 yards
PAR: 70
Type: Links
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Who this course is best for:

A golfer looking for a good second-tier course near Muirfield and North Berwick, a golfer looking to play an Open Qualifying course.


Luffness New Golf Club was established in l894 when its course was designed by Old Tom Morris. A challenging traditional links course, recently lengthened and with a second par 5 hole introduced, is a host for qualifying rounds of the Open Championship. However the main purpose of the Club remains to serve the needs of its members and visitors. Not for them the island greens surrounded by water, lakes on every hole or a succession of problems far beyond the average player. The course can be hard – mighty hard – when the wind blows down the Forth and the rough is thick enough to whet the whistle of a hungry herd. There are distinctive bunkers too but, like all great courses, Luffness rewards the virtues.

The fairways are beautifully kept, and the golfer who can keep the ball down the middle will find little to worry him, but there is plenty of trouble in store for the wanderers. The bunkers are placed fairly to punish the errant shot and furthermore they are constructed to penalise severely those who cannot get the ball in the air.

On Scotland’s coasts wind can be an incalculable hazard, and the caddies have been heard to say “It will take you three to be up there in two today, Sir” – the second, ninth, and eighteenth fall into this category. The long fourth hole (531 yards) is a very good hole of its type with a deceptive hollow in front of the green calling for a well judged approach. The eighth and twelfth holes also merit a special word of praise for their attractive layout from the tee. The fourth and twelfth greens are situated close to the clubhouse; members are thus able to play a number of permutations without having to walk back from the country.

Overview courtesy of Luffness New Golf Club

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