Gullane (No 1)

Gullane (No 1)

Gullane (No 1) Golf Club

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The town of Gullane has a population of around 2,000 people. Those people are blessed to have five incredible links courses on their doorsteps.

Muirfield is commonly regarded as Scotland’s finest course, while Luffness is a great challenge. And then, there is the small matter of Gullane Golf Club, which has three stunning golf courses.

The No.1, No.2 and No.3 courses at Gullane all have their own charms and challenges, with Gullane No.1 being the championship course of the three. It was established in 1884, and is the oldest of the three courses at the club.

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A Brief History of Gullane (No 1) Golf Club

Gullane Golf Club was founded in 1882, but the sport had been played in the town for over two centuries prior to the founding of the club.

In 1882, following a couple of previous attempts to open a golf club, Gullane Golf Club was founded. A number of local golfers joined the club, and history was made. 

The No.1 Course at Gullane was opened a couple of years after the club was founded and it has gone on to host a number of major events. 

The Scottish Open was held on the No.1 in both 2015 and 2018, with the Women's Scottish Open also being held at Gullane in 2018. Final Qualifying for the Open Championship has also been played on the No.1 Course on several occasions.

Willie Park Jr, the two-time Open Champion, was the man who designed both Gullane No.2 and No.3, which opened in 1898 and 1910, respectively. 

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At 6,873 yards, Gullane No.1 is not the longest course to have ever hosted a DP World Tour event. However, that length mainly comes from the back nine, which is 400 yards longer than the front nine.

The opening hole is driveable for the longer hitters at only 302 yards long, but there are nine bunkers to avoid if you're taking it on. The 2nd requires an accurate drive to have any chance of finding the putting surface with the approach while 3 is the opening par-5 on the course, at 525 yards. The 4th is the first short hole on the No.1 Course, at 164 yards, with a couple of bunkers sitting in front of the green.

5 is the hardest hole on the course, and plays as a dog-leg to the left and 450 yards long. A total of ten bunkers are in play on the 5th. 6 is a short par-4 with the sea as a stunning backdrop to the hole. The 8th is one of the holes that has recently gone under the knife. Now at 471 yards, it is a strong par-4 in which golfers drive towards the 9th tee, before the hole turns right towards the new green. 9 is a short par-3 with no fewer than eight bunkers dotted around the green.

The 10th is the opening hole on the back nine, and the hardest. At 466 yards, it is long, but there is not much danger if you keep the ball straight. 11 and 12 only have a nine yard difference. The 11th is a tough par-4, while the 12th is a birdie-able par-5. The 13th follows in the same form as the 9th, as a short par-3 with plenty of sand trouble. 14 is the longest par-4 on the No.1 Course, measuring 480 yards from the Championship tees. 

That is followed by the longest hole on the course. 15 measures at more than 575 yards, with the fairway pinching in the further it goes. The green is the most undulating on the course, just to add to the challenge. 16 is the final par-3 at Gullane No.1, and at 194 yards, it is also the longest. The No.1 Course ends with two shorter par-4s, both less than 400 yards, but both with plenty of danger on them.

Where is Gullane Golf Club?

Gullane Golf Club is located in the charming village of Gullane, which is situated in East Lothian, Scotland. It's approximately 20 miles (32 kilometers) east of the city of Edinburgh. 

The golf club is easily accessible from Edinburgh, making it a popular destination for both local and international golfers.

Are handicap certificates required to play at Gullane?

Yes, handicap certificates are required to play Gullane No. 1 but they are not needed for the other two courses.
On Gullane No. 1 the handicap limits are:
  • Men - 24
  • Women - 30
Evidence of your handicap will be checked by the No. 1 Starter.

How many courses does Gullane have?

Gullane has 3 fantastic 18-hole courses, No 1, No 2 and No 3, however it also has a Children's Course that has existed since 1910.

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