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Please note Subscription fees can be spread over 12 months Joining fees can either be paid up front or over a period of up to 2 years To enquire about Membership at North Berwick, please contact the club on

01620 897140 or email marylou@northberwickgolfclub.com

About North Berwick Golf Club Golf has been played over our historic course since the 17th century and we continue to play over the same piece of land as they did back then, as one of three clubs which the West Links plays home to along with Tantallon Golf Club and The Bass Rock Golf Club. With breathtaking views of the Firth of Forth and islands of Bass Rock, Craigleith, Lamb & Fidra, as well as the town of North Berwick itself, there are few places better in the world to play golf with our members truly being a part of golfing heritage. The Club supports and encourages a wide-ranging membership which varies from Junior to Non-Playing with golfers of all standards enjoying what the West Links has to offer. North Berwick Golf Club prides itself on the warm reception which it gives to our members, creating a friendly atmosphere around the club. Enjoy the benefits of playing a true championship links course, having hosted Final Qualifying for The Open Championship and both Gentlemen and Ladies Amateur Championships. An excellent test of golf awaits you on the course along with a full social calendar, welcoming lounges, bistro dinners and an array of competitions. Alongside our historic links course, our members benefit from a variety of amenities ranging from:

• Membership at a first class golf club enriched in history, ranked 29th in Great Britain by GolfMonthly • A friendly welcome awaits you at North Berwick as well as on the course with our Front Door Attendants and Course Rangers who are happy to meet your required needs. • A full-length practice range including a short game area with complimentary range balls and rangers door attendants. • Full Food & Beverage offering with members receiving discount on purchases. • Fully equipped Pro Shop with a world class coaching team which includes multiple PGA Professionals while providing an extensive stock of North Berwick merchandise along with a swing studio for indoor lessons or fittings. • Access to CONGU admin with an official Golf Club handicap. • Full exposure to one of Scotland’s well known Golf Clubs with a devoted team of staff committed to maximising the experience at North Berwick Golf Club for members and visitors alike.

How The Club Is Run The Committee is responsible for the overall management of the Club while the General Manager assumes responsibility for the day to day running of the Golf Club. If you have any suggestions relating to the running of the Club, please contact the General Manager who will be more than happy to discuss this with you.


Club History & Golf Club Timeline Even in the glittering array of Scotland’s seaside golf courses, North Berwick’s West Links stands out as a rare gem. Rudimentary golf has been played on North Berwick links land, since the early years of the seventeenth century. But it was the formation in 1832 of North Berwick Golf Club that marked the beginning of organised golf over terrain which in time would be expanded to become the West Links which we know today. The Clubs that play over the West Links are The North Berwick Golf Club (founded 1832), Tantallon Golf Club (founded 1853), Bass Rock Golf Club (founded 1873) and The North Berwick Ladies’ Golf Club (founded 1888 and now fully integrated with The North Berwick Golf Club). Management of the West Links is in the hands of The North Berwick Golf Club in conjunction with a Joint Greens Committee with representation from all four Clubs. Our landlord today, in respect of all of the course to the west of the “common land” portion, is East Lothian Council. A focal point of the North Berwick golf Club’s history is it’s infamous Par 3 15th, the original Redan. Playing 178 yards, The Redan is one of the most copied holes in golf. Sitting at a 45-degree angle from the tee, the green is fortified by a large bunker covering the left hand side of the green, a large mound which slopes from right to left leading into a deep gulley guards the opening of the green while 3 pot bunkers are positioned to the right of the green. Named after a military term of a fort being defended from all sides, The Redan proves to be a tough test of golf regardless of the conditions.


North Berwick Golf Club is founded. Play is over 6 holes.

1868 - L  ord Elcho donates a medal for competition among children. 1869 - Course extends over the March Dyke, becoming 9 holes.


Course extends to the Eil Burn, becoming 8 holes.

1880 - North Berwick New Club, formed as an offshoot, construct a single storey clubhouse on the site of the Old Toll House. 1881 - The Cree Trophy for junior golfers is first played for.


North Berwick Ladies Golf Club is formed.

1890 - First extension of the clubhouse when two rooms are added. 1893 - A Ladies’ Course, now the Children’s course, is opened with a clubhouse in the grounds of the Marine Hotel.


1895 - Proposal to extend the clubhouse adding a second storey. Course is much altered and extended beyond the Eil Burn. A tent for refreshment and ginger beer stall were provided. The New Club becomes responsible for the lease of the private course and a green committee is formed with representation from all clubs. 1918 - Ladies venture onto the West Links for their first meeting. 1920 - The Club proposes to purchase the course and further ground to construct a second course beyond the Eil Burn. The Town Council prevents this for the sake of the town’s prosperity. 1925 - The Club horse is sold and the first tractor is purchased. 1932 - Ben Sayers supervises alterations; the course is as we now know it. 1933 - Proposals to combine with Tantallon Golf Club and the Ladies Club are turned down. 1935 - Ladies become Associate Members of the Club. The Club inaugurates the Scottish Boys’ Championships and the first of 35 consecutive competitions is held. 1943 - The 9th and 10th holes are used as a firing range by the RAF and are literally “shot up.” 1950 - Ground west of the wall is offered for sale at £10,000. The Club offers only £9,000 and is turned down. 1953 - With the Club still unable to offer the asking price for the ground west of the wall, the Westerdunes Hotel attempts purchase of the land, suggesting the 1st and 18th fairways become a car park. The Town Council intervenes with a purchase price of £9,700 safeguarding the rights of the local clubs and the community. 1958 - Sunday golf was first played on the West Links. Sir Hew Hamilton Dalrymple gifts ground east of the wall to the Burgh. 1963 - North Berwick Golf Club and The New Club combine to become The North Berwick Golf Club.


The Club hosts Final Qualifying for The Open Championship for the first time.

1975 - International attention as David Huish leads the Open Championship at Carnoustie after two rounds 1980 - The Club hosts Final Qualifying for The Open Championship for the second time.


The Club hosts The British Seniors Open Championship for the first time. 1983 - Once again a possible merger with Tantallon Golf Club is discussed. 1987 - The Club hosts Final Qualifying for The Open Championship for the third time. 1988 - The Marine Hotel move to obtain the lease of the course and offer to provide a clubhouse and spa facility for Members. The Club host The British Seniors Open Championship for the second time. 1992 - Steward’s flat converted to upstairs lounge & offices. The Club hosts Final Qualifying for The Open Championship for the fourth time. 1995 - Gentlemen’s and Junior Teams both win the County Cup. 1996 - Lease awarded to the North Berwick Golf Club for 99 years. 1999 - The Club host The Vagliano Trophy Match between GB&I and Europe featuring the best amateur lady golfers at the time. 2000 - The Millennium is marked with a new Starter’s Lodge. 2002 - The Club host Final Qualifying for The Open Championship for the fifth time. 2004 - Proposals for significant development of the clubhouse that examine the future relationship with the Ladies and Tantallon Golf Clubs are presented in the Sayers Project.


2005 - Lady Associate Members vote to become Full Members of the Club. 2007 - Modest clubhouse development is approved – a further lasting legacy for generations to come and the next 175 years. Club celebrates its 175th anniversary with a weekend of events in a marquee pitched to the rear of the 18th green 2008 - The Clubhouse is closed for 46 weeks for re-development.

The Club hosts The Ladies British Amateur Championship.

2009 - Honorary Member Catriona Matthew wins The RICOH British Womens’ Open Championship at Royal Lytham & St Anne’s Golf Club. 2010 - The Club co-hosts The Amateur Championship with Muirfield.


The Club hosts Final Qualifying for The Open Championship for the sixth time. 2014 - The Club hosts The Seniors Home Internationals. 2015 - The Club hosts Qualifying for The Scottish Open at Gullane. 2017 - The Club is to host The Ladies British Amateur Stroke Play Championship. 2019 - The Club is to host The Senior Amateur Strokeplay Championship.

Application for Membership: Notes for Applicants

The Process – with Proposer and Seconder The application form should be completed in as much detail as possible. You will note that a proposer and seconder are required to sponsor your application. Both should have been members of the Club for at least 2 years and must be personally known to you. Their role is to sign your completed application form and provide a letter of support for your application. One further letter of support is required to complete your application, and this can come from a current member of the Club or from the General Manager of a Golf Club where you are currently a member. A fully completed application should then be returned to the General Manager’s Office. On receipt of the application it will then be placed before the Management Committee for approval to the Club’s waiting list. The Process – without Proposer and Seconder The application form should be completed in as much detail as possible and returned to the General Manager’s Office. If you are a member of another

golf club you will be required to submit a letter of introduction from the General Manager of that Club. Our Membership & Golf Operations Manager will then arrange for an interview to take place with our Membership Panel and on approval from them your application will be placed before our Management Committee for final approval to the waiting list. The Waiting List We are very fortunate to have a waiting list and the current waiting time for an offer of membership is approximately 3 to 4 years. Offer of Membership An offer of membership is valid for 30 days from the date of the offer. If you decide to decline the offer, your application will revert to the end of waiting list and you may require waiting a further 3-4 years for another offer. If you declined a second time, then your application would fall. Country Membership We accept applications for country membership on the condition that the applicant lives out with 100 miles from the club. Joining Fee We do have a joining fee which is two times your annual subscription and this can be paid off outright or over 2 years.


Member’s Website The Club’s website (www.northberwickgolfclub.com) has a Member Login area which allows you to: • • • • • • •

Amend your personal details Review your bar and catering account, top up your account Print off a handicap certificate Pay your annual subscription Make and cancel tee time bookings online Enter competitions Check competition results

Professional Shop The Professionals Shop is located in the original Ben Sayers factory, next to the 1st tee. Martyn Huish, our Head Professional is a fully qualified PGA Professional (AA Status) and was appointed Head Professional in 2009, taking over from his father David after 20 years as Assistant. 2014 saw both the Club and Martyn invest in a total refurbishment of the shop that now gives all members and visitors a first-class experience. With the latest retail products on offer such as Taylormade’s M5 & M6 or Titleist’s TS Drivers, along with an extensive stock of West Links branded clothing which includes: Under Armour, Peter Millar, Glenmuir and Kjus. The Pro Shop provides a variety of quality merchandise for members of North Berwick. With a team of 4 fully qualified PGA Professionals along with a 5th in training, Martyn heads an extensive coaching program which members reap the benefits from. In conjunction to the refurbishment to the Professional Shop, Martyn has recently established a golf studio nearby the Club. Fully fitted with the latest ‘Trackman 4’ technology amidst 3 hitting bays and a putting area, the golf studio brings another first-class service to the membership. In addition to detailed lessons, the Trackman 4 allows members to receive a full custom fitting experience, if they wish so with Martyn supplying 5 different brands: TaylorMade, Callaway, Ping, Titleist & Mizuno.

Member’s Guests All members of the North Berwick Golf Club are encouraged to bring family and friends to visit and enjoy the West Links.

• Any further guests can be arranged at a cost of £30 per guest via the General Manager’s Office

Winter Guest Allocation:– From 1st November to 31st March (inclusive), Members will be allowed unlimited guests with a green fee of £5 (adult) or £2.50 (junior) payable per guest.

All members must accompany their guests on the course, playing golf with a maximum of 3 guests per tee time.

Summer Guest Allocation:- From 1st April to 31st October (inclusive), Members will be allowed 24 guests with the following fees applicable: • Fee of £10 per guest for your first 12 guests

The same guest may not play any more than once per calendar month, and no more than six times per year, except by arrangement with the General Manager’s Office. A member may bring a guest for ‘the day’ i.e. two rounds of golf, again by arrangement with the General Manager and the appropriate guest fee being paid.

• Fee of £15 per guest for your second 12 guests




With the land of the West Links being owned by the Local Council, this by law makes it a public walkway. Meaning that there are a number of paths that give the public access across the course to the beach. These are on the 1st/ 18th, 2nd/17th and 3rd/16th holes. There is signage at each end of the path to warn the public that they are crossing a golf course and should take care.

Club Accessibility Located in the heart of the town, the Club is easily accessed by Members living both within and out with North Berwick. For those traveling from outside of North Berwick, the Club does not have a formal car park, although Pointgarry Road, which runs parallel to the 18th fairway along with the nearby streets surrounding the Club provide sufficient parking availability. The train and bus lines from Edinburgh City Centre allows Members from all over the central belt of Scotland access The West Links, with services running regularly each hour there is plenty scope for flexibility for those who do not drive.

Nominations for Ordinary Memberships

It is the responsibility of the Proposer and Seconder to write a letter of introduction regarding the Candidate to the Membership Sub-Committee. One further letter of support from a member, or a letter of support from a current golf club is required to accompany this form. Members may propose and second TWO candidates at any point in time.

Pace of Play

All golfers taking to the West Links wish to enjoy their experience. Slow play affects the enjoyment of all golfers on the course. At North Berwick Golf Club, we expect that a round should take no longer than 3 hours and 59 minutes. As per the recommendations of The R&A, North Berwick encourages the use of ‘ready golf’ to help keep the course moving. It is each groups responsibility to ensure that they keep up with the group in front. If a clear hole separation is created from the group in front and results in the following group being delayed, they should be invited to play through.

Club Dress Code On the Course Formal golfing attire should be worn along with golf shoes. Jeans, track suits and similar are not permitted. Off the Course We have a relaxed dress policy in the Clubhouse. Smart jeans and training shoes are welcome as much as jacket and tie. Ripped or dirty jeans, track suits and similar, rugby and other sports tops are not permitted.


Clubhouse Experience A warm welcome always awaits all golfers at the Clubhouse from our Front Door Attendants who are on hand to assist members, guests and visitors alike with any inquiries they may have. The Clubhouse, which has been recently refurbished, enhancing the quality of the facilities to match the reputation of the golf course. The Club has a great tradition of attracting golfers from all over the world, members and visitors alike to experience a unique and worldrenowned golf Club – the North Berwick Golf Club. Catering is available from 9.00am until 6.00pm during the period April to October, other times as advised by

notices. Catering is available out with these hours subject to sufficient notice. The menu in the lounges is relaxed and varied. The Club Room is available for Members’ private dinners or lunches. If you wish to hold an event in the Club Room, please speak with our Food and Beverage Operations Manager. The bar is open from 9.00am daily with alcohol available for sale from 10.00am. The bar has a wide range of beer, wine, spirits and soft drinks on sale and offers fantastic views of not just the 1st/18th holes but stunning views of the Firth of Forth Islands, beach and harbor of North Berwick.

Social Events Aside from the historic West Links golf course itself our social calendar, full of a variety of events is another aspect of the Club which members reap benefits from. Over recent years, members have enjoyed events such as; Quiz Nights, Night Golf, Gin & Chocolate or Wine tasting. Members are encouraged to make full use of our historic Club Room which is surrounded by the original lockers of the Old Club or the upstairs East Lounge which looks back down the 18th & 1st fairways towards the Firth of Forth. These rooms are available to be booked for private functions such as birthdays, anniversaries or any other special occasion where friends and families gather and come down to soak up the affable atmosphere of the North Berwick golf Club. Members have an array of opportunities to enjoy a meal in our original Clubroom for instance: our Annual Gentlemen’s & Ladies Dinners, Burns Night Supper, Valentine’s Day Bistro, Christmas Meals, and post Club Match dinners, among many more.

Nomination Form Date of Application:

Date of Birth:

Full Name:

Title: Post Code:

Address (Permanent Residence):

Telephone (Home): Email:

Mobile: Occupation:

Details of clubs where you are currently a member:

Club where handicap is held:

Current Handicap:

Alternative Address (If Applicable):

Do you have any relations that are members of the club and what relationship are they to you?

Name of Proposer:

Signature of Proposer:

Name of Seconder:

Signature of Seconder:

Members are reminded that they themselves must be Ordinary members of two years standing before they are eligible to propose or second a candidate. SUMMARY OF WHY THE APPLICANT WOULD LIKE TO BECOME A MEMBER OF THE NORTH BERWICK GOLF CLUB northberwickgolfclub.com

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