Gullane (No.3) - Lothians - Scotland

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


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Gullane No.3 may well be dwarfed by the neighbouring No.1 and No.2 courses of Gullane Golf Club but it is still a superb little links in its own right, providing plenty of pleasure for members and visitors alike since its introduction in 1910.

Length off the tee will never be a major issue on a course that is only 5,252 yards long. Strategic greenside bunkering and slick putting surfaces – on a par with the other two Gullane links – certainly are issues to be considered. The Standard Scratch Score is two under the par of 68 so this is as near to recreational golf that you will get at a serious golf complex.

The conditioning is every bit as good as you will find on the No.1 and No.2 courses so don’t think that playing No.3 course will mean you are golfing at an inferior venue – far from it. It is plain and simply a tighter, scaled down version of all that exists on its bigger golfing siblings next door.

The first and last three holes are played on the flat around the visitor’s clubhouse with the 4th to the 15th holes set out over and around Gullane Hill. And what a vista awaits after the steep climb up the 4th hole to the 5th tee at the top of the hill!

The full splendour of the Gullane courses spreads out before you as you look down to the southern shores of the Firth of Forth, with the other two Gullane courses to the right and Luffness New on the flatter ground to the left. Beyond Luffness, on the other side of Aberlady Bay, you can just make out the Kilspindie and Craigielaw courses.

And, as if that were not enough, there is the tantalizing distant view of those other great golfing destinations, Leven, Lundin and Elie on the other side of the Firth. Is it any wonder that many seasoned Scottish golfers believe this to be one of the most inspiring vantage points on any golf course?

Only one of the twelve par fours on the card is over 400 yards, indeed two of them – the 3rd and 4th – are under 300 yards in length. All are comfortably in range after the tee shot is played so scoring well on Gullane No.3 is all about approach play and putting.

There is only one par five on the card – even that is only 443 yards long – and of the five par threes, the pick of these is the 176-yard 15th hole which plays back down Gullane Hill to a green way below tee level near one of the opening holes on No.2 course. It is a genuinely thrilling way to finish an excursion up, over and around the hill that began a couple of hours earlier.

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Description: Despite its meagre yardage, the No.3 course at Gullane Golf Club will test the best golfers. It's certainly a gem and excellent value too. Rating: 4.2 out of 6 Reviews: 20

Gullane No. 3 is the shortest of the three courses at Gullane Golf Club. Designed by famed golfer Willie Park Jr. and opened in 1910, this true links layout offers small greens, narrow fairways and thick rough. The back tees only measure out at to 5,259 yards but this par-68 will certainly Gullane (No 3) Golf Course - Photo by reviewer test your patience and accuracy when the wind kicks up – as it usually does. No. 3 is a tricky little course with plenty of bunkers and much more elevation changes than most others in the area.

Some of my most memorable holes were the 4th, a straight uphill par-4 into the prevailing winds where each of my shots rolled backwards. The 6th hole is ranked the toughest. It’s only 342 yards, but it is uphill, into the prevailing crosswinds, with one of the largest and more contoured greens on the course.

The most stunning view is from the 7th tee blocks. You are now perched on the highest point on the golf course with panoramic views of Aberlady Bay and the Firth of Forth beyond. At 311 yards, this straight downhill Gullane (No 3) Golf Course - Photo by reviewer par-4 is driveable but buyer beware as there is four pot bunkers protecting the front of the green to keep you honest.

The most controversial hole must be the 15th hole, a straight downhill par-3 where you need to land your tee shot about 35 yards in front and watch it trickle down to the green. It felt more like a toboggan run and almost impossible to hold the green. Thank goodness for the amphitheatre mounding on the back side to prevent my ball from rolling onto the street.

This a perfect course to play with hickory clubs and still a challenge with modern equipment. Even though it is often over shadowed by its older siblings, this course will give you the true links feel without the punishing distance.

Dave Finn is our Canadian Correspondent. To read more about his golf travel adventures visit www.golftavelandleisure.com

4 / 6
Gullane (No.3)
October 29, 2018


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We finally had the chance to "complete the set" at Gullane, as always an enjoyable place to visit and play golf. It was probably more than a five club wind, drivers out of the screws were going 150 yards into the wind. As such thank god we were on number 3, we ran round in 2.5 hrs rather than the ordeal that 1 or 2 would have been. The greens were excellent yet with no oscillations, but we had generous gimme rules otherwise it would have taken longer! For pure fun it can't be beaten, my downwind teed up putter on 15 went through the back, and at £28 exceptional value. It might be the first gullane we return to.

4 / 6
Gullane (No.3)
March 21, 2017


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The No.3 course has a certain charm and character to it. Not that the other two don’t but this, the shortest of the three, has a few more eccentric holes. The greens are smaller and even though you are often going in with a short iron they are still tricky to find and as equally well bunkered as the other two courses.

In many ways this course makes a refreshing change to the relentlessly strong championship golf that No.1 and No.2 serve up and provides lots of fun shots. It’s also the perfect length to make it an excellent choice for those looking to play two courses on the same day and still have the energy to enjoy some food and a beer in the clubhouse.

In terms of the stand-out holes; the second is a delightful short par three to a tiny green and surrounded by bunkers where only the most accurate shot will find the putting surface. There are a string of excellent short par fours throughout the course but especially on the front nine with the 3rd, 7th & 9th particularly standing out.

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3 / 6
Gullane (No.3)
March 18, 2017


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Like many of you, I have been to this area sampling the links golf delights many times without giving Gullane no. 3 a second thought, maybe thinking it would be OK to play with the kids if they ever came along. How wrong I have been!

This time, it found its place on our itinerary on a relatively windless Saturday morning and what a delight it was. All of a sudden it was not a brutal game of survival from the tee onwards, but a sophisticated game of cat-and-mouse with the course. On almost every tee, you have a choice between playing long or short, right or left and every option will give you a very different perspective on the green. They say that Augusta is a second-shot course. Not having played there I cannot opine, but Gullane No. 3 certainly is and very much the kind of firm-and-fast golf which it is worth travelling to experience, so next time, ignore your skeptical friends and put this course onto the itinerary. At the very least, they will thank you afterwards for throwing in some variety!

4 / 6
Gullane (No.3)
May 12, 2016


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There’s one place in Scotland that’s always guaranteed to revive my golfing spirits and that’s Gullane. It’s only a 90-minute drive away from where I live in the west of Scotland but today it felt like a million miles away – just the very place to reconnect with your game in wonderful surroundings on a mild, sunny morning.

It’s been a really damp, Gullane No 3 Golf Course - Photo by reviewersoggy winter in Central Scotland but you’d never know it with the dry, firm turf on the links next to Aberlady Bay this morning. The greens, especially, were in tip top condition (which is normally the case here, of course) but it’s a fact worth stating because the putting pleasure derived from such wonderful surfaces is never taken for granted. No. 3 course might lack length off the tee but that’s all as the renowned quality and conditioning of the other two courses is exactly replicated on this little beauty.

My playing partner and I whizzed round in 2h 45m so we were back in front of the clubhouse for 10.45am. The car park was absolutely rammed by that time, which tells its own story, with dozens of like-minded golfers taking advantage of a lovely Spring day to get in an early season round. I just love this place and never tire of returning to what is for me the most accessible quality links operation in all of Scotland.

Jim McCann.

4 / 6
Gullane (No.3)
March 28, 2016


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The first and last three holes lie on the east side of the A198 and perhaps mislead you into thinking there is not much variety here. However, the remaining twelve holes are all interesting and have excellent views across Aberlady Bay.

The par three 4th is only 250 yards but plays up a steep hill, like the 3rd on the No. 2 course. And the short par four 7th runs downhill towards Aberlady Bay in a similar fashion to the 7th on Gullane No.1.

Although there is just the one par five, the 14th, its lack of length is offset by the fact that it is uphill. The view back towards the sea and the seemingly endless number of golf holes is really quite special.

At the par three 15th, you must ensure you don’t run through the back, otherwise you will find yourself down a steep hill well below the green with its raised surrounds. Seventeen and eighteen play with thick rough on the right hand side nearer the neighbouring farmland.

This review is an edited extract from Another Journey through the Links, which has been reproduced with David Worley’s kind permission. The author has exclusively rated for us every Scottish course featured in his book. Another Journey through the Links is available for Australian buyers via www.golfbooks.com.au and through Amazon for buyers from other countries.
3 / 6
Gullane (No.3)
April 11, 2015


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Dr J Taylor Hill
November 15, 2015
Gullane No3 is firmly amongst the ranks of the easiest courses for girls and ladies anywhere in Scotland. It is officially rated 29th easiest course from the ladies tees. Lady and junior girl members play their medal competitions predominantly on Gullane No 3.
I salute the green staff here at Gullane - They keep all of their courses in fine condition, even through the winter months. The greens were in great shape, and I had a good putting round (27).I was lucky enough to get a glorious afternoon in early March to play Gullane No. 3 course - It is a kind of 'golf heaven' here.The opening hole was safely parred; the short second bogeyed from a bunker, after which I enjoyed peacefully strolling on the springy turf of hole 3 before climbing over the hill to meet a captivating view over the Firth of Forth ( on the 4th).No. 3 is a well laid out course with holes, not too long, that allow golfers to go for the green with their 2nd shots. This proved to be an enjoyable experience for me on a sunny afternoon, as I was able to keep close to par for most of the round. At this time of year the rough here is not too penal, and this allowed a better shot at the target when not on the short stuff.I managed to complete the round in 3hours 15 minutes without being held up, which added to my satisfaction of the day.The clubhouse and bar staff could not have been more helpful and courteous towards a visitor, and the indoor and practice facilities were both excellent. I will definitely return to this venue and heartily recommend it to others.
4 / 6
Gullane (No.3)
March 06, 2015


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Nice course for warming up for the season greens good and nice holes if you want a test play 2 or 1 and wouldn't say its worth the £39 for such a short course .par 68 score 71 scratch handicap 14
4 / 6
Gullane (No.3)
March 09, 2014


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Niamh MacIntyre
January 25, 2016
Agree that it's a bit expensive for somewhere so short but Dad was paying (!)and it was in top condition. As for the length it makes me think of golf in miniature; no, not miniature golf! Inverallochy which I played a couple of years ago and Crail are both the same sort of length and along with Gullane 3 they're all quite easy dare I say. Unlike playing Crail however the speed of play at Gullane was good with the round taking barely 3 hours versus a ridiculous 4 and a half around Crail (Sept 2015). Shot level-par off 3 handicap so I was happy enough. Niamh (age 15)
I’m not going to repeat what I’ve said before about this place. I agree that it’s short and it will massage your golfing ego but, hey, don’t we all need that to happen just a wee bit from time to time – especially in the depths of winter when it’s just above Gullane (No 3) Golf Course - Photo by reviewerfreezing and the wind’s howling around your ankles? One thing I might like to mention that I’d never thought about before when playing here in the winter; THERE’S NOT A MAT IN SIGHT! Now what’s all that about? Especially when there seems to be an increasing number of clubs who deem it necessary to introduce mats during the winter months to protect precious fairways, Gullane just carries on regardless. Quite remarkable that, because the fairways here never seem to have suffered from excess wear and tear caused by play during the November to March period the following Spring. And when you consider the traffic that all three courses must see at this time of year then it surely can’t be anything other than an agronomic miracle that the place survives at all… Jim McCann.
4 / 6
Gullane (No.3)
December 04, 2013


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I played my first-ever 18 hole round here. Counted every shot. 161 of them. Later, it was the first place I ever broke 100, then 90 and 80. No wonder Gullane 3 is close to my heart. I make a point of playing here several times a year not just for old times sake but because it is a very good golf course.The par 3 2nd is lovely. 6 and 7 are fine holes and 12 would grace any course in the land. Then there's the wondrous 15th. Two friends took putters here - both got on the green! Add three tricky closing holes back over the road and you have a perfect day's golf. Not long for sure, but challenging and, above all, great fun. Gullane (all 3 courses) offers pure Scottish links golf : sea views, breeze in your face, springy turf, pot bunkers, crying gulls, long putting... I could go on. Play Gullane 3 on a clear winter's day (for a ridiculously low price) and feel the same joy as so many generations of golfers before you.
5 / 6
Gullane (No.3)
January 05, 2012


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