I have played a few of the top courses here in the UK and it is not very often you can say 'the course had 18 great holes'. Sunningdale Old and New has a few 'weak' holes as does Swinley and the Old Course has more than it's fair share etc etc yet they are none at Gullane No1. From the moment you venture out of the delightfully old, yet beautifully refurbished, Clubhouse on to the 1st till you walk back in again after sinking that final putt you will not be disappointed. The course has a fantastic mix of short and long holes for the par 3s, 4s and 5s and each one has its challenge. The course starts on the edge of town with a gentle par 4 of some 300 yds that has a kick just like every hole in that the bunkering is just fantastic; all in the right place at the right distance for all levels of player. You then play up through a valley to the top of the hill before playing on the plateau above the sea, before rising up again for great views across Gullane and then down again before the dramatic 17th back down the hill into Gullane and the final hole; another short but extremely well designed 300 yrd hole. Pick of the holes for me were the par 5 12th, par 4 7th and par 3 13th but as I said there was not a weak hole on the course; theses were just my favorites. £120 a round is not bad for the round but add another £25 and you get to play the No2 Course as well which makes for 36 holes of excellent golf and much better VFM. PS the burger in the Clubhouse is to die for.
Date: September 19, 2017