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Elie: One of the finest links courses in Fife

Why we would rather be playing this linksland haven on the Scottish coast

 

Elie Golf Club – known formally as The Golf House Club, Elie – is about as traditional a golf course as you will find anywhere in Scotland. It epitomises Old Tom Morris’s design principles and is an object lesson in what makes a golf course engaging and enjoyable to play. 

It’s also one of the finest links courses in Fife and for visitors, touring golfers and members alike it offers a warm welcome and an honest test of golf played over classic links terrain.

With views out to the Irish Sea and across the Firth to other stunning golf courses in East Lothian, it is no wonder why Elie has steadily climbed the rankings in recent years.

History

The game has been played across this gently rippling linksland since the 15th century. And just like St Andrews, the golf is seemingly inseparable from the community itself.

1875 saw the founding of the Golf Club House, Elie, with the building work completed just a couple of years later.

James braid learnt the game on these very links, before going on to win the Open Championship on five occasions. He would then go on to design some of the best golf courses in the country.

What makes Elie Golf House Club special?

The enjoyment at Elie Golf Club is second-to-none.

It’s not a championship course, but the way in which the course is laid out with its stunning backdrops makes up for that.

With views over the Firth of Forth to North Berwick, Muirfield and Gullane are quite literally unmissable.

Where does it rank?

85th in GB&I, 27th in Scotland, 5th in Fife

Where is it?

The Golf Club House, Elie sits on the eastern coastline of Scotland. Earlsferry Beach and Elie Beach border the south side of the course, which sits just over an hour from Scotland’s capital city, Edinburgh.

Get in touch with Elie

elie golf club

For more information about the club and course, visit their website or call them on 01333 330301.

You can play at The Golf House Club, Elie on the NCG Top 100s Tour this year!

  • Register now to play in our 2024 Elie event on May 15th here.

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Matt Coles

Matt Coles

Mention a European country, and Matt will tell you which resorts make the National Club Golfer Top 100s: European Resorts list. He might even throw in who designed the golf course and how many rooms the hotel has got at each one…

Matt got into the game of golf from a young age, following his old man to the local golf club. He fell for the sport, and now can’t seem to go a day without thinking about how to improve his game (Thanks Dad!). Matt has been a member of Howley Hall GC in Leeds since 2020, and is just about managing to maintain a single-figure handicap. He likes to remind people that he once broke 75, but won’t tell people that it was on a shortened course during the winter.

He moved to Leeds after graduating from the University of Central Lancashire with a First Class Honours degree in Sports Journalism. Matt joined NCG after almost five years travelling the world with the Professional Squash Association, working on events in all four corners of the globe.

Matt currently plays a Cobra King LTDx driver and RadSpeed 3-wood. TaylorMade monopolise the rest of his bag, with a SIM UDI, M5 irons and both Milled Grind and HI-TOE wedges, along with a Monza Redline putter. He uses a Vice Pro Plus golf ball, because he’s a bit different…

Away from golf, Matt is a Manchester United fan, and a keen runner, having ran the Rob Burrow Leeds Marathon (his first and possibly last), in May 2023.

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