Scotland is a land of hidden gems – and for golfers Kilspindie Golf Club is one of the finest, lying hidden among the nature reserve of Aberlady Bay, the quaint village of Aberlady, and the teaming waters of the Firth of Forth.
Playing these traditional Scottish links, you may witness sea-birds diving for food, migratory geese, and seals sunning on the sand. In the distance, you can see the profile of Edinburgh, its Castle, and the long extinct volcanic cone of Arthur’s Seat. The course is secreted away from the village via a few hundred yards of private, single-track road.
Kilspindie is a favourite of any golfer who has played it: quick, deceptive greens; well-defined fairways; a good challenge, whatever your handicap! Kilspindie has been host to an alternative Ryder Cup, with 12-man teams playing with pre-1930’s hickory shafted clubs.
Kilspindie is reputed to be the 35th oldest golf club in the world, instituted in 1867. The charm of the 114-year-old is complemented by the warmth of the welcome from the Club’s Secretary/Manager Keith Martin, Golf Pro Graham Sked, Mrs Marion Harkness and her dedicated bar staff, and Paul Kinnoch and his catering staff.
Golf has been played over this piece of links land prior to 1850 but it was not until 26 November 1898 that the links was officially opened by Luffness Golf Club which was re-named Kilspindie Golf Club in 1899.
When Luffness Golf Club moved from the east side of Aberlady Bay to the current location of the west side, the construction of the nucleus of the current Clubhouse was completed in time for the opening on 26 November 1898 of what is now the Kilspindie links, the Club having been re-named in 1899.