Gullane (No.1) - Lothians - Scotland

Gullane Golf Club,
Gullane,
East Lothian,
EH31 2BB,
Scotland


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“Gullane Hill, with the sun shining and the wind blowing, the black clouds banked beyond the Forth, and just a glimpse in the distance of the mighty tracery of the Forth Bridge, is one of the most beautiful spots in the world,” wrote Bernard Darwin in an article for Country Life called, On Gullane Hill, which was reprinted in his book, Playing The Like.

Gullane is a small town that lives and breathes golf: there are five superb golf courses in this locality, including the mighty Muirfield. The Gullane No.1 course was laid down in 1884 and is the most senior of a triumvirate of courses at Gullane Golf Club. Records dating back to 1650 show golf being played over these links, though it is unclear who originally designed the No.1 course. Therefore, until we can establish otherwise, we must put it down to Mother Nature.

Gullane is blessed with the most exquisite turf – winter rules are not needed here. If you hit the fairways, a perfect lie awaits, even in the depths of winter. The opening hole, cunningly called “First”, is a relatively gentle short par four. The 2nd hole, called “Windygate”, begins the march up Gullane Hill. The 3rd hole is called “Racecourse”, a short par five which plays along what was once an old 18th century racecourse and it continues to take you onwards and upwards, now at a canter, until you reach the 7th tee and the 200-foot summit of Gullane Hill.

The 360-degree views from the vantage point of the 7th tee are simply breathtaking. In the foreground, all around, are the fluttering flags of Gullane, Muirfield and Luffness New. The Lammermuir Hills lie to the south, while the Firth of Forth wraps up the panorama to the north, west and east. And now, it’s time for the 7th hole and its inviting downhill drive and the scurry home down Gullane Hill.

If you have read up to here and you haven’t yet played Gullane No.1, it will come as no surprise to you that there is the requirement for varied uphill and downhill shot-making. This in itself is quite unusual for a links course and makes Gullane all the more fascinating.

Don’t be misled into thinking that Gullane is a quirky old-fashioned affair; this is a high class golf course, host to many important competitions, including Open Championship Final Qualifying and the 2015 Scottish Open, which Rickie Fowler won by one shot courtesy of a 72nd hole birdie. The 2015 and 2018 Scottish Open (which South Africa's Brandon Stone won after posting a 10 under par final round) utilised a composite course taking sixteen holes from No.1 and two holes from No.2.

To complete the Gullane experience, visit the club’s fascinating museum, put together by past Gullane captain, Archie Baird. Archie is a golf historian and collector who wrote Golf on Gullane Hill.

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Description: Gullane Golf Club is blessed with the most exquisite turf – winter rules are not needed here. If you hit the No.1 course fairways, a perfect lie awaits, even in the depths of winter. Rating: 7.9 out of 10 Reviews: 27
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Jim McCann

On a sunny winter’s day, there’s no more pleasing vista in Scottish golf than that afforded from the top of Gullane Hill, looking out across Aberlady Bay and the Firth of Forth to the Kingdom of Fife – Gullane No.1 - Photo by Jim McCannand today, our 4-ball was blessed with just such a day and just such a view as we reached the third tee box!

Many of the bunkers on the course were marked GUR due to the amount of work that has been done to them over the past few months to keep them in tip-top condition and they will snare many a ball when they come into play.

Greens were remarkable for the time of year – talk about pacey!

And I made it into the very homely member’s clubhouse for the first time – I must be going up in the golfing world, at last!

The back nine is very strong from the 11th all the way home and the par three 13th hole is a particular favourite. It’s not everybody’s idea of what a links course should be but it has a unique character that will draw you back again and again.

Jim McCann

February 10, 2010
8 / 10
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Tom S
A lovely course with stunning views, in amazing condition for January. Really enjoyed holes 5, 9, 11, 12, 13, 15 - wicked bunkers and superb undulations, and some vistas were nothing short of breathtaking, particularly 7th tee, 9th green, 11th green and 12th tee.
January 17, 2010
8 / 10
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Gary F
Please bear in mind when I’m reviewing this course, that it’s based on the fact that the green fee is £87 per round, therefore being compared to other courses at a similar cost. Played as a 2 ball on a breezy day, enjoyed the 1st, laughed at the 2nd & admired the views from there on. The views were stunning, but this is not true links golf i.e. it is built on the top of a very exposed hill!?! Positives are the par 3s which were all good, greens nice & bunkering top-notch. The problem is you do not "play" the views, you play the course. No stand out holes here. This course is not in the same league as North Berwick next door for condition, views, memorable holes & a true links challenge. Oh and its cheaper. Glad I’ve played it but would rather play Hillside, Silloth, North Berwick, New Course or Jubilee at St Andrews. All better & all true links and all cheaper. At nearly £100 per round this course is not good value. Nonetheless glad I’ve finally played it.
December 02, 2009
4 / 10
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B.G. Donaldson
I can be brief here since the joys of Gullane 1 are well-documented. Our group of twelve played on a wonderful, bright, clear day that included a strong breeze that took poorly struck shots away, away. The slog up #2 is sobering, but as we neared the top of Gullane Hill, we were treated to all the joys the vista offers. It's a wonderful course, fair and challenging. The clubhouse was well-appointed and the pints well- poured. I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Archie Baird who offered to open up his golf museum to our group later on the next day. Alas, we were on one of those busy American-style tours and could not get back to visit the museum. My loss and I won't let the opportunity pass on my next visit.
September 25, 2009
8 / 10
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Craig
This is an excellent golf course, as good as Kingsbarns and the Old course, played it on a fairly calm day and was an excellent test, nearly 7000 yards from back tees and plays all of it. Only criticisism is the 2nd hole, horrible little hole and if played in the wind would be silly but its a fantastic course once you get to the top of the hill. A must if playing in Scotland
August 26, 2009
8 / 10
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stephen voce
Terrific course , loved the hill!Played in a gale,great fun with phenomenal views .2nd 9 quite a lot tougher than front 9 but rewarded at the 17th with another great view this time of Gullane itself.Beautiful greens and very pleasant staff at reception!
June 29, 2009
8 / 10
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W
A tremendous course except for the 17th (gets you down the hill back to clubhouse-level). A links course which is also hilly (cliff top-like sometimes). The green fee is a bit pricey but the course is worth playing.
May 21, 2009
6 / 10
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pahorwood
Gullane #1 is a fab course but having paid £2 for the day, and £2 for lunch when I first played there in 1978, I find the current fees quite excessive. After a fairly gentle opening hole, the tricky 2nd with its narrow green is a greater challenge. This course is difficult in the wind! I remember taking a driver for a 160 yd par 3, it was the right club! The greens are superb and this course always seems to be in good condition
April 08, 2008
8 / 10
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Jim McCann

Three years since I last played Gullane #1 and I’d forgotten just how good a course it really was. Gullane No 1 - Photo by Jim McCannI’ve been here several times over that period playing #2 and #3 but, contrary to my last review for #1, it really is THE course to play at Gullane!

The climbs and falls were more pronounced than I remembered but the conditioning and exceptional bunkering were as good as I ever recollected from before with the only downside to the big course being the relative blandness of the par threes in comparison to the other two courses.

“Pumphouse,” the par five 15th hole is a real cracker, with a dozen bunkers skirting a snaking, fairway that leads uphill to a green sloping wickedly from back to front. And with a back nine 500 yards longer than an outward half from the medal tees (and a par only one more than the 35 out) you had better make your score early in the round here!

Now, if you choose your moment correctly (round about 22nd June) you could warm up on #3 in the morning, play a game after lunch on #2 in the afternoon and end with an evening match after tea on #1 – now that would be a day of unadulterated golfing bliss!

Jim McCann

February 12, 2008
8 / 10
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Jim Robertson
Gullane - the best place in Scotland to play golf. Don't bother comparing the 3 courses just play them all as often as you can! So many great holes on #1 : 2nd,4th,6th,7th, and a magnificent sequence round the turn. Only shortcomings are the weak par 3 16th and the bland 18th but this is wonderful golf in the greatest setting. (Just drink in your first view from the top of Gullane Hill).
February 04, 2006
8 / 10
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