This is the course of the world’s oldest golfing society – founded in 1735 – and it has been shaped by Willie Park Jnr, Harry Colt and Philip Mackenzie Ross, so it has few peers when it comes to pedigree. It’s found in Barnton, six miles from the centre and Park created the original design while Colt and Ross made later alterations. This well-groomed parkland has hosted a number of events down the years including the Scottish Professional Championship because despite its age, it is over 6,500 yards off the tips and is well bunkered.
It is notable for having few holes that are the same, with a lot of par 4s that vary in length – so there is an onus of driving the ball well, whether on the shorter two–shotters or to give yourself of making par on the stronger par 4s.
For many years one of the most exclusive clubs to gain entry to, Royal Burgess is now notably more welcoming to visitors giving many more golfers the chance to enjoy Edinburgh’s leading course.