Earlsferry Thistle Golf Club instituted 1875.                           "Small Club Big History"

Earlsferry Thistle Golf Club

A warm welcome to the Earlsferry Thistle Golf Club. We are a wee club with a great and proud history. We have been playing as a Club on the Elie Links in the scenic East Neuk of Fife since 1875. Neuk is the Scottish word for corner and here in this part of Fife we enjoy all year round golf on the Links. Closure of the course is a rarity, mats are unheard of and the playing on temporary greens is hardly ever. The setting of the course is by the sea and golfers on it enjoys panoramic views over the Firth of Forth and beyond.

We have a legal agreement with the “Big Club” (Elie Golf House Club) and pay a green fee to enjoy playing rights on the links. We have an all year round fixture list of competitions and play inter club matches. We are limited to a maximum of 60 male members and the Earlsferry Thistle Ladies Club who also use our Clubhouse are limited to 25 lady members.

At the Thistle we enjoy our golf and welcome all fellow golfers to play in our Open that is held in June each year. We currently  have our compliment of  60 full members and we maintain a small waiting list.  We always encourage  potential new members to come along and see what we have to offer.  An  online application form can be accessed  on the membership page.    The  Thistle Ladies Club also welcome new members. Enquiries should be made by e mail and that is  set out on our contacts page.      

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Latest News 

20 November 2020

View Elie Golf Course Video

(Courtesy of John Bowers)

11 November 2020

Coming soon Club Guide to the New World Handicapping System.

View World Handicapping System Course Handicap Charts for Elie.

14 October 2020

The Braid Cup which was postponed on 3 October 2020 due to bad weather has been rearranged for Saturday 31 October 2020 at 11am.   

25 September 2020

View Scottish Golf's Latest Guidance for the reopening of Phase 3.

See Link to Scottish Golf Union updates on COVID-19.

View World Handicapping System Player Reference Guide

J N Smith and James Braid Open Competition Cancelled 

Due to the ongoing restrictions on playing golf as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic our Open Competition on 6 June 2020 has been cancelled.  For those who have already paid their entry fee for the competition you have the option to carry forward your payment to next year's Open or to request a refund. If you require a refund, please email with your address and the amount.

It will be 150 Years on the 6th February 2020 when our most famous member James Braid was born in Earlsferry.

Made an Honorary Member of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club, St Andrews in 1950 and commemorated in the World Golf Hall of Fame, Pinehurst, USA in 1976 his legacy continues to live on.  Read about his achievements in our James Braid Biography.