Elie, Golf House Club
Elie, Golf House Club was established in May 1875 and takes its name from the golf house, or clubhouse, that was begun in the same year and completed in 1877 for the princely sum of £1,000. It is one of the oldest golf clubs in the country and lies just 12 miles from the championship courses at St Andrews, the Home of Golf.
The game has been played across the historic Elie links since the 15th Century and given the panoramic views and superb setting it is little wonder the course has established itself as such a firm favourite for visitors over the years.
Sir Michael Bonallack, OBE, perhaps sums it up best when he says:
If you love links Golf, you will love Elie. Close cut running fairways with firm, fast, true greens. A memorable and enjoyable test for golfers of every ability.
At 6,273 yards par 70 the course is not long, but its network of bunkers are beautifully placed to catch those that stray offline or misjudge their distances. Interestingly, there are no par 5’s on the men’s scorecard.
James Braid, who won the Open Championship five times, was born in 1870 in Earlsferry, which is the adjoining village to Elie. Braid’s great passion after his retirement was course design, and although he learned his golf over the links course at Elie, it is not actually a course he himself designed or re-modelled.
The quality of the course at Elie has seen it chosen to host many notable tournaments. These have included: the British Seniors Championship, the Scottish Professionals Championship, the Scottish Ladies Championship and qualifying rounds for the Open Championship.
The Golf House Club, Elie, Fife KY9 1AS