Gullane (No.2) - Lothians - Scotland

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


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"Having played on Gullane No.2 in the morning and No.1 in the afternoon, my mind is in an agreeable jumble between the two," wrote Bernard Darwin in his 1934 book, Playing The Like. "I am inclined to think I am the fonder of No.2, but here again there may be a personal motive; it is decidedly the shorter. There is, of course, a strong family likeness between the two, because on both we have (like the Grand Old Duke of York of the poem) to march up to the top of the hill and march down again."

Golf at Gullane dates back to 1650 but the club wasn't founded until 1882. The then current Open Champion, Willie Park Jnr, laid down Gullane No.2 in 1899 for ten guineas.

Gullane No.2 runs parallel to No.1 for the first seven holes. It's a flat beginning and then a steady climb up the hill. At the 11th, the charming view of Aberlady Bay opens up but don't let this distract you too much because this is probably the best short hole on the course, which invariably plays into the prevailing wind to a front-to-back sloping green. Frank Pennink remodelled the 12th hole in 1969 and it takes you on a journey to the edge of the secret and picturesque nature reserve. "We feel as if we were playing in a little world of our own - ours and the gulls' and the rabbits'," wrote Darwin.

There's an overriding feeling of openness at Gullane. The sky is big and the course seems wide and open, but it is an illusion: each hole has its fair share of trouble and it lulls you into a false sense of security. Gullane No.2 has played host to Open Championship Final Qualifying, so it's certainly not a pushover. Play No.2 along with No.1 – you'll have a memorable day on Gullane Hill.

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Description: Many prefer the No.2 at Gullane Golf Club to No.1 - it's a course of great variety and challenge...it was used for Open Championship Qualifying in 1980. Rating: 7.3 out of 10 Reviews: 29
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Tom S
Played Gullane No 2 in a howling gale (50mph gusts!), but absolutely loved it. Superb greens, and some truly memorable holes and stunning views once you get to the 3rd green. Best hole has to be the 4th, a wonderful par 4. Holes 5 and 11 are fantastic par 3s that would grace any links course. 17th tee shot is the most fun - I pitched mine on the green on a 360 yard par 4 (downhill with gale behind!!). The best deal is the "twilight offer" from May-Oct - after 4pm, you can play this course for 27 quid. Outstanding value for a terrific, top quality links course. Very highly recommended.
May 10, 2009
8 / 10
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Andrew Harrison
If you like looking for your balls in thick rough just off the fairway, then this is the course for you!!! I found this no fun at all to play, granted it was a howling wind and difficult to keep your ball straight. The course suits a golfer who slices as a slight draw will be punished due to the prevailing wind. I have played approx 30 courses in Scotland, mainly links, and I must admit this is by far the worst. So whats good? The greens are true and of good if not fast speed, bunkers are soft and sandy, and the views are fantastic. If you want my opinion play The Glen or Dunbar for about the same price you will have a much more enjoyable day!!
July 16, 2008
4 / 10
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Jim McCann
July 17, 2008
I find it hard to believe that Gullane #2 would come last in a list of 30 courses that someone has played in Scotland - unless that person has played all their golf on courses in the top 50?
Andrew
October 05, 2008
Yes most of the courses have been in the top 50, but a lot have not, I stand by my review, much better courses in the area for better value.
Matt
May 12, 2009
I too played here in strong winds on a bitter October morning. Yes the rough is thick but on the longer holes the fairways are plenty wide enough that only errant shots will be punished. I had my fair share but loved the course. A stern yet fair test that rewards strategy.
dpedin
Gullane No 2 is sheer golfing magic! This is one of my favourite courses with many memorable holes. Scenery is amazing and the course is always in good condition. Wind can be a challenge but that is links golf for you. clubhouse always provides a friendly welcome!
January 10, 2008
10 / 10
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Mark Jeffery
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!
June 29, 2007
6 / 10
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Jim Robertson
Gullane = golfing heaven. There is no finer feeling than walking from the 3rd green to the 4th tee drinking in the fabulous views of Edinburgh and Fife. Played here twice last week on beautiful spring days and as always loved every minute. # 2 course is my personal favourite though the other two are wonderful also. The 1st has been greatly toughened by the introduction of out-of-bounds on the left, and the 4th may be the best par 4 in the land. The 5th is a terrific par 3 and the 11th as good. To round it off you get to drive straight down Gullane Hill at the 17th! Relax over the pie, beans and chips in the clubhouse beside the 18th green and you will immediately start planning your next visit!
May 01, 2006
8 / 10
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Duncan
Sits perfectly along beside No1 but certainly does not lie in the shadow of it. The course will test your long irons especially the par 3 11th, a huge 211yrds which although downhill plays usually into the prevailing winds. A joy to play with two great closing holes.
December 15, 2005
10 / 10
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Steve Searle
For sheer variety and the need for shotmaking No 2 doesn't offer the challenge of No 1 for me. Many holes I felt were mundane. That said the 4th is a cracking par 4 and the 11th a superb downhill Par 3. The others didn't really get the pulse racing apart from the 13th which I thought was a fantastic uphill Par 4 requiring a precise 2nd shot. The greens seemed to be suffering from some disease, especially the 10th which was disappointing. However, on the whole a fair test of golf with penal rough.
July 12, 2005
6 / 10
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Jim McCann

Tell me when you've played golf when the ground is completely covered in white frost – tees, fairways, greens, the lot! Gullane (No 2) - Photo by Jim McCannWell I did this here just before Christmas 2002 and there were PLENTY of others out on the course playing too.

That's a measure of how well this place satisfies the golfing appetite of those who will play in all conditions, at any time.

I had already played #2 in more conventional circumstances and have since played the other two but this course remains my favourite.

Why? No.1 is too hilly and overpriced whilst no.3 is just too short (but charming nonetheless).

Gullane is just so geared up to visiting golfers. It has an excellent visitors clubhouse, the greens are always in tip-top condition and the amount of winter work that is done on new bunker facings is just unbelievable – they must have an army of people looking after the place.

The setting next to Aberlady Bay is magnificent and if you have not yet visited this unsung golfing mecca round the corner from Muirfield then you want to get your act together and do so soon. Buy a day ticket for #3 and #2 and make a day of it; you'll love the place.

Jim McCann

January 21, 2005
8 / 10
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Billy
Undoubtedly the second best course at Gullane, but worth playing nevertheless. Some wonderful views after a flat(ish) start. It's a bit bleak out here, especially when the wind blows. You get a real feeling of space and escape. Excellent greens and tremendous value for money too. Play No 2. as part of a day ticket...it works out cheaper overall.
September 24, 2004
4 / 10
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