Gullane Golf Club
LOCATION: EAST LOTHIAN
DESIGNER: WILLIE PARK JR (No.2 & No.3)
Gullane Golf Club in East Lothian emerged from the shadows of its neighbour Muirfield when it staged European Tour event the 2015 Scottish Open for the first time in its 132-year history.
The club offers championship quality links courses with dramatic views across the Firth of Forth to Edinburgh and Fife. The golf courses do not have names but simply numbers in age order.
Gullane Golf Club boasts three 18-hole links and the 2015 Scottish Open was held over No.1 and No.2 with holes from each combined to form a challenging 7,000-yard track.
Although the club’s No.1 and No.2 courses had been used for Open qualifying in the past and feature in the Golf World Top 100, Muirfield has long been the main attraction in the area which is now fondly known as “Scotland’s Golf Coast”.
Scotland is widely regarded as the home of golf and Gullane Golf Club’s history stretches back to 1882. Golf has been an important part of the town for over 350 years and it is surrounded by courses.
As well as being a qualifying course when the Open is staged at Muirfield, Gullane No.1 has also hosted countless amateur events. It proves to be a superb test with its beautifully kept narrow fairways, true greens and deep rough.
Gullane No.1 ranks 71 in the Golf World Top 100 golf courses in the UK & Ireland and ranks 21 in Golf World Top 100 golf courses in Scotland.
Since being established in 1884, the Gullane No.1 course has gained a reputation for being one of the best golf courses in Scotland. Although not close to the sea, Gullane is still exposed to the wind it brings and when it's blowing it makes the golf even tougher.
Gullane No.1 has a long history of hosting international Championship events such as the Scottish Amateur Championship, Open Championship Qualifying, Seniors Open Amateur and European Boys Team Championships.
Gullane No.2 ranks 41 in the Golf World Top 100 golf courses in Scotland.
Gullane No. 2 runs alongside No.1 for the first seven holes before it sweeps down to a nature reserve next to Aberlady Bay.
The beauty of the East Lothian coastline and the challenges of the course create an unforgettable links experience in Scotland.
Gullane No. 2 is famous for the challenge of its short holes and this is embodied perfectly by its 215-yard, par three 11th which boasts wonderful views, a testing downhill tee shot and requires tricky club selection.
No. 2 is shorter than its older sibling (6,396 yards) but provides an equally stern test. However, Gullane No. 2 is a favourite amongst those who enjoy elements of both challenge and charm in their golf.
Gullane No.2 has also been used for Open Championship Qualifying and the Seniors Open Amateur.
Gullane No.3, whilst being the shortest of the three courses, still proves a tough challenge for golfers of all abilities.
This course benefits from some of the best views from Gullane Golf Club. It looks across Aberlady Bay to the Firth of Forth and the city of Edinburgh beyond. Designed by Willie Park Jr, Gullane No. 3 demands a deft touch and a cool head.
No.3 has become a much loved destination for golfers. It is not a soft option and still offers the classic Gullane links challenge despite its shorter yardage.
Predominantly Bent on the fairways and Fescue on the greens, the course includes 67 bunkers and 150 yard posts on each hole to mark the distance to the middle of the green.
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