Dunbar Golf Course Review

18 holes, par 72, 6,500 yards. Links.

Dunbar was established in 1856. The likes of Tom Morris, Ben Sayers and James Braid all had a hand in designing the links. It is a final qualifying venue when The Open is staged at Muirfield. It only measures 6,525 yards but is a great test and suits shot-makers. This is not a links where you can stand on the tee and let fly with the driver - accuracy is the key if you hope to make a decent score.

The opening hole is a short par five, measuring 475 yards, but the relatively narrow fairway is littered with bunkers on both sides, and if you go for the green in two you have to carry a stream and avoid a pond on the left.

The fourth is only 354 yards but is one of the great par fours. Out of bounds runs the full length of the right side of the hole, with rough, dunes and sea waiting for a badly-hooked tee shot. The approach is to an angled green guarded by two bunkers.

Good luck with the 11th, which measures 464 yards and is often played into the wind. The Firth of Forth lies to the right of the fairway and there’s a bunker in the middle of the fairway. You’ll also find thick rough, bunkers on the left, bunkers short of the green and three more bunkers surrounding the putting surface. Phew!

The 18th will call for your full attention. Once again, out of bounds runs the full length of the hole on the right hand side. It measures 435 yards and if you keep the ball in play there are bunkers on the left to be avoided, along with three traps that guard a long, narrow green.

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Derek Clements

Author, Derek Clements

Derek Clements is a golf journalist - he has covered many Open Championships and European Tour events, as well as The Masters. Born in Glasgow, he writes for The Sunday Times and Golfshake, and has also written for Today's Golfer, the Daily Mail, Swing by Swing and many other golf websites, magazines and newspapers. He has played golf all over the world and numbers Gleneagles, Kingsbarns and Aldeburgh as his three favourite golf courses in the United Kingdom. He lives in Suffolk, is a member of Waldringfield Golf Club and has a handicap of nine. He had lessons from the late Bob Torrance and has worked with Jean-Jacques Rivet, one of the world's leading golf biomechanists.