The Gullane golf club shares the same coastline as Muirfield. Both its number 1 and number 2 courses were regularly used as Open qualifying venues for their more celebrated neighbour before the R&A moved to a different structure. The Gullane, No1 course recently joined what looks like being a new roster for the Scottish Open when hosting the European tour event in 2015. In doing so Gullane firmly established itself on the tier below the very apex of the Open Championship courses, and this is seemingly something confirmed by the decision to take the event back there again in 2018.
|Yardage||Championship course, White tees 6446 yds|
|Handicap Restrictions||24 for men, 30 for women|
The Course itself
The historical record suggests golf has been played here from as early as 1650. The well maintained greens, links grasses, numerous bunkers, and sea breezes make Gullane a compelling and archetypal links challenge. What lends the course it’s somewhat unique character though is the topography, what we like to call the ‘golfscape’. The outward holes involve the ascent of Gullane Hill, all of which present different challenges. When you reach the 7th however, you get the chance to take in the panoramic 360 degree views from the highest point of the course. Below lies a tapestry of golfing green that embodies Muirfield, Luffness, and Kilspindie. Edinburgh and the Firth of Forth lie yonder in the distance. Being unusually hilly, Gullane will particularly test your ability to execute from a variety of uneven stances with awkward lies. In this regard it’s a bit of an improvisers paradise
The Gullane No1 course, probably falls a little bit between Muirfield and North Berwick. The former would be considered ‘aristocratic’ and the latter might verge more towards the classic quirky sort of traditional layout that allows you to step back in history. The Gullane No1 course has hints of both traits. Golf has been played at Gullane for centuries, so it passes the historic test and ‘sense of place’, but we’re probably guilty of trying to find you a comparison when perhaps one needn’t exist. You could argue that Gullane is sufficiently distinct to stand on its own two feet, and in truth, we wouldn’t feel compelled to snap back at anyone saying so
The Gullane No1 course is open, windswept, and exposed, especially when you’re down in the bay area, which can make you feel a little bit like a ship on a sea of links. Indeed, the number of vessels making use of the deep water Firth of Forth only reinforces this sense of being in peril. There are few hiding places and attack is often the best method of defence. You have to fight your way home. We think it’s this rugged quality however that American’s must appreciate. On the PGA Website, the course was voted one of the “Most Picturesque Golf Spots in the World” (5th place) in a list that includes Augusta National and Pebble Beach. Gullane has also snaffled an additional award. The third hole was recently voted one of the top 500 in the world by Golf Magazine (USA).
In 2015 Gullane hosted the Scottish Open on a composite course that is essentially the number 1 course, reinforced with the best holes from the number 2 course. Rickie Fowler narrowly held off Matt Kuchar in a tight finish. It hosted again in 2018 when Brandon Stone prevailed from Eddie Pepperell. The course was well received and it will be interesting to see what reviews she generates in the future now as a European tour venue who seemingly has a place on this second tier rotation.
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Buggy hire, Trolleys, Caddies and Clubs
|Driving Range Available||Yes|
|Rental Carts Available||Yes|
|Caddies||Yes – gratuity at own discretion|
|Rental Clubs Available||Yes|