Welcome if previous arrangements made with Secretary
9 holes: B / 18 holes C
John Chilver Stainer
Whitehill House is located 20 minutes from the centre of Edinburgh and may be reached by a short trip through Lasswade from the A720 bypass.
• The Clubhouse is styled to a relaxing and informal atmosphere and is complimented by its panoramic outlook over the first tee and coming home hole
• Golf lessons
About the Course
The course winds its way through a mature woodland setting, which is complimented by extensive new tree planting. It is designed to test all your golfing ability and course management with a superb variety of holes.
One spectacular hole has a drive across a gorge and onto an elevated green from three elevated tees which are graded to suit the level of the player.
Ask any golfer in the Lothians, or Scotland for that matter, have they heard of Whitehill House GC and they will all say no, for this is one of Scotland's best kep golf secrets. This is all the better, as you'll enjoy it as much as the rest of us, in pure and utter peace.
The course itself is viewed tantalisingly through mature trees on the left hand side of the long driveway up to the absolutely stunning if somewhat sadly crumbling, Whitehill House, which the course is wrapped around. You'll be amazed to arrive in the car park at the back of the greenkeepers' sheds to find on a "busy day" no more than 3-4 cars parked there, as if to emphasise the secretness of it all.
The clubhouse itself is more-often-than-not not manned, so put your greenfee in the honesty box and make your way up to the short, par 3, first hole - a nice opener looking towards the Pentland Hills. The first 4 holes make their way up and down in front of the stunning house with increasingly better views of the distant Forth of Forth and East Lothian coast, before coming to one of my favourites, the straightforward, par 4, fifth hole with it's lovely strand of Scots Pines at the back of the green.
A long walk from the 6th green to the 7th tee is a bit of a pain, but the most fun hole on the course, the par 3, eighth is worth the walk - pure golfing fun from tee to crazy green, over a wicked ravine - I'll leave you to find out more!
Altogether this is a lovely wee 9 hole golf course, far from the madding crowd, but within easy striking distance of Edinburgh to keep any city dweller happy.
Go play it, but remember don't tell anyone about it. You wouldn't want anyone to know about Scotland's secret golf course now would you?
Value For Money: Good Ewan Hastings April 23, 2012
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