Craigielaw golf course in Scotland
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Craigielaw golf course in Scotland
Craigielaw is one of East Lothian's newer links, located next to Kilspindie Golf Club. Courtesy of Golf East Lothian
Glen Golf Club in Scotland - hole 13
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Glen Golf Club in Scotland - hole 13
No. 13 at Glen Golf Club (also called "North Berwick East") is one of the region's most dramatic holes. Courtesy of Golf East Lothian
Gullane golf course in Scotland
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Gullane golf course in Scotland
Gullane No. 1 is a championship links alongside the sea that is a regular Open Championship Qualifying venue when Muirfield is the host course. Courtesy of Golf East Lothian
Kilspindie Golf Club - hole 8
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Kilspindie Golf Club - hole 8
While short, Kilspindie Golf Club is one of the world's oldest golf clubs, and features several seaside holes, like the signature eighth. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Dunbar Golf Club
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Dunbar Golf Club
Dunbar Golf Club features 14 holes that play alongside the sea, in view of the Bass Rock offshore. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Longniddry Golf Club in Scotland
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Longniddry Golf Club in Scotland
Longniddry Golf Club's photogenic clubhouse was used in a 2007 Lexus commercial. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Old Links at Musselburgh
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Old Links at Musselburgh
Though just nines holes inside a race track, the Old Links at Musselburgh is the world's oldest continuous golfing course. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
North Berwick golf course - Pit hole
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North Berwick golf course - Pit hole
North Berwick's famous "Pit" hole requires a shot over a stone wall to a hidden green. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Renaissance Club golf course
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Renaissance Club golf course
Designed by American architect Tom Doak, the Renaissance Club opened in 2008 between Muirfield and North Berwick. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Gullane Golf Club
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Gullane Golf Club
Gullane is a true golfer's town with three courses at Gullane Golf Club, plus Luffness New and Muirfield. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Longniddry Golf Club
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Longniddry Golf Club
Longniddry Golf Club offers a mix of links and tree-lined inland holes. Courtesy of Golf East Lothian
Luffness New golf course in Scotland
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Luffness New golf course in Scotland
Luffness New was founded in 1891, when members broke off from what is now called "Kilspindie Golf Club" Courtesy of Golf East Lothian
Muirfield golf course
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Muirfield golf course
Muirfield is East Lothian's most famous course and will host the 2013 Open Championship. Courtesy of Golf East Lothian
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The best of East Lothian golf in pictures

Scotland's East Lothian region is Edinburgh's golfing coast, located just a few miles east of the capital city and is home to more than 20 golf courses. It's also home to the world's oldest continuous golf course: the Old Links at Musselburgh, which is just nine holes set inside a race track. The region's most famous course today, however, is Muirfield, which will host the 2013 Open Championship once again.

Exclusive Muirfield aside, the coastline is home to some wonderfully scenic links golf courses, including North Berwick Golf Club, home to the famous "Redan" hole that has been copied all over the world. Gullane Golf Club features three courses, while Dunbar Golf Club and Kilspindie Golf Club are also historic and scenic links.

Not all golf courses in the area are a century old, however. Craigielaw, located adjacent to Kilspindie, is a longer, modern club with top notch facilities and a modern links design with crowned greens. And opened in 2008, the Renaissance Club is a private, Tom Doak design that sits next to Muirfield and offers a mix of wide open and tree-lined holes on high ground above the sea.

Here's a look at some of the area's top golf courses in pictures.

Brandon Tucker is the Sr. Managing Editor for GolfPass and was the founding editor of Golf Advisor in 2014, he was the managing editor for Golf Channel Digital's Courses & Travel. To date, his golf travels have taken him to over two dozen countries and nearly 600 golf courses worldwide. While he's played some of the most prestigious courses in the world, Tucker's favorite way to play the game is on a great muni in under three hours. Follow Brandon on Twitter at @BrandonTucker and on Instagram at @btuck34.

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