It is a freezing but gloriously sunny February day, golf courses across the Lothians are hanging up their 'closed' signs and golfers are longingly looking over the links. Gullane will almost inevitably doing a roaring trade. The courses open in virtually all weathers and are in quite immaculate condition.Number 3 is a real joy to play. As discussed elsewhere here it is a short course - only a par 68 with SSS 66 but boy is it fun. There's something nice about hitting a short iron or wedge into par 4s on a regular basis - almost makes you feel like a pro for a day! The intricacies of the greens and great bunkering however mean that par is never assured.Probably the most noteworthy element of what was a great afternoon's golf was the amazing condition of the greens - many courses would love to have them this fast and true in June, let alone February. There are many memorable holes on number 3 and those up and down the hill probably stay in the mind the longest. The steeply downhill par 3 15th is probably the one that sticks in the mind the longest and there is a real temptation to hit every club between 7 iron and putter to see what happens!My only little niggle was the indexing of the holes. Why on earth the straightforward par 443 yard par 5 14th is stroke 2 while the 450 yard par 4 10th is stroke 4 is simply beyond me. Similarly, the 186 yard par 3 13th is stroke 14 while the 293 yard par 4 3rd is stroke 5. Kind of crazy.As a say though that is really a small niggle - the welcome is warm, the condition is great and the golf real fun. If you are ever worried about being snowbound on a winter's day Gullane is the place to head!
Date: February 21, 2010