Played Gullane no.1 last week, having played no.2 and no.3 previously.
Weather conditions were fine, if a little cold. The fairways were in great condition, and greens superb. Rough was brutal, maybe too harsh. (i lost a ball on the 2nd which was probably less than 10yards right of the flag from 200 yards out. Was expecting a birdie putt rather than losing a ball!)
Like many links courses, if you keep the ball on the fairway (even semi rough is long) then you can score well, as greens are true and consistent.
You can tell this is a championship course by its set up. Only one weak hole for me, and that's the downhill 17th, which i don't think fits in with the other holes.
Overall i would recommend playing this course once if you get the chance, but given price differential between no.1 and no.2, i would play no.2 every time. Both similar in respect of quality of holes and conditions.
Overall i would say no.1 is an excellent course and worth playing once. But next time im back in Gullane ill play no.3 as a warm up and play no.2 instead. Then as a treat play North Berwick.
Date: September 03, 2020