Earlsferry Thistle Golf Club

A warm welcome to the Earlsferry Thistle Golf Club. We are a small club with a great and proud history. Two Open Champions were former members of the club, Jack Simpson who won the Open in 1884 and James Braid a five times winner of the Open.  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.  The design of the course at Elie was influenced by none other than Old Tom Morris.

We have a legal agreement with 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 70 male members and the Earlsferry Thistle Ladies Club who also use our Clubhouse are limited to 30 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 75 full members however our waiting list has has now reopened. Further information is available on our Membership Page. The Thistle Ladies Club also welcome new members.    

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Booking for the 2024 J N Smith and James Braid Open Competition is now closed as the competition is now full.  The Waiting List is also now closed due to the high demand.

Latest News

The Club Dinner and Prize Giving are taking place in the Thistle Clubhouse on Saturday 17 February 2024.  For those who have booked online please email your menu choices to the Secretary at   A link to the Menu is provided below.

Thistle Dinner and Prize Giving Menu

World Handicapping System Guidance Links

View World Handicapping System Course Handicap Charts for Elie.

View World Handicapping System Player Reference Guide

View WHS Rules of Handicapping

View CONGU Guidance on WHS Rules

View the Rules of Golf - Effective January 2019

Download the Rules of Golf - January 2019

View Elie Golf Course Video

(Courtesy of John Bowers)