The Course

Edinburgh's City Centre Golf Course



Prestonfield Golf Club is a James Braid designed 18 hole parkland course. There is no shortage of challenge or interest on this scenic and entertaining course – made even more fascinating by the variables of wind direction and strength. You will find much to test your skill, inspire the spirit and refresh the mind.

Playable all year round, the ‘easy walking’ course is bounded to the north by Holyrood Park and Duddingston Loch Bird Sanctuary. To the east, lies Braid Burn and Peffermill Mansion House. Located to the south are the grounds of Prestonfield House.

The Course sits in a spectacular location in a former deer estate at the foot of Arthur’s Seat and the Salisbury Crags and yet is less than a mile from the hustle and bustle of Princes Street and the City Centre.

There are references to the existence of Prestonfield in documents which go back to 1153. We believe that Mary Queen of Scots, herself a keen golfer, used to spend time in the garden area of the Old Mansion which adjoined the course where the 13th hole is now. That hole is known as “The Old Garden.”

James Braid laid out Prestonfield for the Civil Service Golf Society in 1920. The course has matured into a beautiful parkland course which is characterised by its challenging par 4s and its spectacular location. The names of the holes all have historical connections to the course but Braid was so impressed by what he managed to do with the land available to him for the 14 th hole that he simply called it “Dog Leg.”

Course Conditions

Tuesday 14th of August 2018

Course: Open

Buggies operational

Practice Area

Individual lessons taking place between 10am-2pm & 6pm-7pm

Available for practice

Peffer Mill Practice Area 

Available for practice

Putting Green 

Available for practice

Times subject change

Sunset today: 20.55

Course Card

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Course History


Prestonfield Golf Club is set in beautiful parkland within the heart of Scotland’s capital city, and is located a mere one and a half miles from the bustle of Princes Street.

Arthur Seat in 1870Prestonfield lies under the lee of the volcanic mass of Arthur’s Seat amidst spectacular scenery of historical significance. It is bound by Holyrood Park and the bird sanctuary of Duddingston Loch to the north, the Braid Burn and Peffermill Mansion House to the east and the grounds of Prestonfield House to the south. The club was established in 1920 as the Edinburgh Civil Service Golf Club and the course was extended in both 1928 and 1933 by acquisition of additional land.

James Braid, one of the most famous names in golf, created the present layout. The course is a testing par 70 of 6207 the character of which lies in the amount of long testing par 4s that can vary greatly depending on wind direction and strength. The undulating ground at the top end of the course adds another dimension in shot making, whilst the mature trees in the middle section of the course contrast dramatically with the more open aspects of the lower part of the course

Bird's eye view of Prestonfield Golf CourseAn extensive tree planting programme over the last ten years has improved the definition of many holes, and at the same time created more problems for those choosing to leave the fairway. Prestonfield’s reputation of being a challenging but fair course has made it a popular venue for a number of competitions over the years including the prestigious Lothian’s Match Play Championship on six occasions and home to the PGA Prestonfield Pro-am since 2007