Whisper it quietly, but there is a school of thought that East Lothian has even more to offer than St Andrews for a golf trip. You could play somewhere different every morning for a month, never have to drive more than a couple of miles and never encounter a course less than excellent. Luffness New, to give it its full title, is in the very heart of this blessed region. On the edge of Gullane, Luffness borders No 1 and Craigielaw is on the other side. What it is not, by any standards, is new.
It was founded in 1894, laid out by Old Tom Morris and is played over simply perfect links turf. As you can see, the clubhouse has more than a touch of Muirfield – just a mile down the A198 – about it and so too does a course that is rarely spectacular yet never less than excellent.
It is the epitome of Scottish seaside golf that the purists among us love.
Apart from an absence for the most part of sea views, it is the epitome of Scottish seaside golf that the purists among us love. Relatively short by modern standards, the par is a stingy 70.
There are several long par 4s, not least the last, which stretches to 455 yards. With only one hill to climb, at the short par-4 7th, this is a gorgeous place to play, with the long 14th arguably the moment when Luffness can be seen at its very finest.
Here you must decide from the slightly elevated tee whether to play safely left and aim to pitch on with your third, or take on the corner of the dogleg, protected by a nest of bunkers, and bring the green into range. Having conquered the final hole, or at least finished it, a formal lunch in the clubhouse is a treat.
Or for the more energetic, wander off to try a lighter spot of lunch at the lively Old Clubhouse pub then tackle one of the three Gullane courses for your afternoon round without even having to get back in your car.
Or perhaps you will have lunch at Luffness and head out for 18 more – it is only £15 extra to do so and for £100, you are receiving a links experience which few venues in GB& can better.