The Gullane Golf Club was established in 1882, though as with Muirfield, Musselburgh and North Berwick, golf has been played along this stretch of East Lothian coastline for over 350 years. Gullane No.1 was established in 1884 and is the oldest of the three clubs by 14 years. It is located about a 45-minute drive from Edinburgh Airport, driving east along the A1 from the city. It offers the visitor some superb views across the Firth of Forth, Edinburgh and beyond and is built on some fabulous links turf, displaying distinctive wispy marram grasses and beautiful hand mowed fescue greens.
Gullane has been the scene of many professional and amateur tournaments over the years including the 2015 Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open won by Rickie Fowler and has been a final qualifying venue for the Open on five different occasions. It has also hosted the Scottish Amateur Championships and the Ladies British Open Amateur Championships on four times.
There are many holes on Gullane that require your full attention from the tee, but probably none like the 194yard par three 9th, named “Corbie.” No less than eight bunkers protect the almost 40yard long putting surface around the ninth green, so accuracy is the key, or a bogey (or worse) stares you in the face. Hit the green, and a good birdie chance is in the offing, however, the green slopes away from you from the tee, so the ability to hold it is critical. You are often playing directly into the prevailing westerly breeze or at times slightly across, which adds to the difficulty, but even a ball played long, will have the benefit of an uphill return putt.
Gullane (No. 2)
Also designed by Willie Park Jnr, No. 2 opened for play in 1898 with the first six holes of the course running alongside No. 1. The test of No. 2 comes in the form of its short holes with the 11th the pick of these. It is a shorter course than No. 1 but no less a test. In 2015 for the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open, the professionals played a composite course made up of Gullane No. 1 & 2, so the quality of both is undeniably excellent, and No. 2 is a beautiful addition to any day where 36 holes might be contemplated. Gullane is unquestionably one of the finest links courses in Lothian and should be highly considered for any golf vacation in Scotland that is planning to take in the region. The Consummate Pro will be more than happy to help you make that a reality.