Gullane 2 left me gasping for breath, mainly due to the seriously steep climb up the third fairway! Arriving on a grey but relatively still day, the Gullane visitors clubhouse is modern and not overly appealing, compared to places like Panmure or Montrose, and the area around the clubhouse doesn't inspire feelings of wonderful links golf, it's pretty flat and not overly appealing! However, having played the 1st, a fairly comfortable par 4 the course then started to rise, with the second over the main road and then, as I mentioned, the third going straight up what felt like a vertical cliff. Once 'on the top', we realised what all the fuss was about as the coast stretched out in front of us with Edinburgh off on the distance to our left and the rolling hills on which Gullane 1 and 2 had been built stretching out all around! At this point we were very glad that the day was pretty still, because when the wind blew this place looked very exposed! Anyway, Gullane 2 is a good not great course, it uses the contours excellently and the greens were true and in great condition if a little slower than we were used to on our trip. There seemed less links style bunkering, especially on the fairways than one would expect and the rough was long but not too long, wayward tee-shots were usually found and often a reasonable shot could be played. All in all, Gullane 2 is a good course and worth a visit especially if you play the number 1 course as well, that'd be a good day!
Date: June 29, 2007