First laid out in 1856 and redesigned over the years by the likes of Old Tom Morris, Ben Sayers and James Braid, Dunbar East Links has a page pedigree second to none.
As befits such a gem of golf course architecture, it has played host to countless national and international championships. It has been a final qualifying course for the Open when played at Muirfield, while The British Boys’, The Scottish Amateur,
Well defined holes following the natural contours of a narrow strip of land between the old red sandstone deer park wall and the rocky shoreline are the hallmarks of these links. At a little over 6,500 yards, it is not the longest championship course, but any golfer thinking this equates to a lack of challenge will soon be put right. This is a course built upon those old fashioned golfing virtues of club selection and shot-making. With the ever-present – and ever-changing – wind off the sea, it demands accuracy and judgement, and rewards only bravery and skill.
Scottish PGA, Scottish Boys’, British Ladies’ and the Ladies Home International Championships have all been played here.
There are almost 400 years of documented golf at Dunbar. Only a handful of other Scottish golfing locations can date as far back.
One of the game’s oldest recorded organisations, the Dunbar Golfing Society, played on the western side of the town in 1794.
Interestingly Dunbar hosted the first PGA Championship on the European Tour in 1968 (now contested each year at Wentworth as the Tour’s flagship event).
In 1617, just a few miles west of the town, one of the very earliest of golf references shows gouffers breaking the Sabbath laws and being reprimanded by The Kirk
In 1794 the first golfing organization is recorded when a body known as The Dunbar Golfing Society set down its rules and listed 27 members. This Society played at West Barns Links(near today’s East Links Family Park).
A framed copy of the rules hangs at Dunbar Golf Club clubhouse today.
There have been a series of recent events at Dunbar over the years which include:
1968 – the ‘Schweppes’ PGA Championship – currently the BMW PGA Championship played at Wentworth
Final qualification for the Open Championship when played at Muirfield in 1992, 2002 and 2013.
Host of national amateur events – Scottish Open Strokeplay Championship, the Scottish Amateur Championship, the Ladies’ British Championship and the Scottish Boys’ Championship on many occasions.