Perhaps it should not come as a surprise that Longniddry’s character is so elusive to pin down. After all, it has been shaped at various times by several of the great names of design. Harry Colt, James Braid, Philip Mackenzie Ross and Donald Steel have all left their mark on this East Lothian club that dates back almost a hundred years.
Only briefly, on the more open back nine, is there a hint of seaside turf and firm greens. For the most part, expect to see plenty of trees and some pretty lush, green rough. It would be easy to bypass Longniddry on a tour of this special golfing area, because there are many courses in the vicinity that shout louder and have a higher profile. That apart, it is hard to think of any good reason not to factor it into your itinerary the next time you find yourself in East Lothian.