Gullane No. 1 Golf Course Review

18 holes, par 71, 6,583 yards. Links.

Gullane No 1 is a cracker. Many enthusiasts will tell you that it is better than Muirfield, and it certainly runs it close. It regularly hosts the Scottish Amateur Championship and features many pot bunkers, wispy rough and fast, undulating greens. Furthermore, it hosted the Scottish Open in 2015 which turned out to be a fantastic challenge, living up to all expectations.

In total, there are 124 bunkers to be avoided and at 6,875 yards, it is a par 71.

The first hole measures just 302 yards and is a fairly gentle opener with a wide, inviting fairway. However, hit your drive too far and one of the many fairway bunkers will swallow it up. Ideally, you don't want to hit your opening drive further than about 220-240 yards, leaving a short iron to a wide but narrow green.

The eighth is a cracking par four. It is 474 yards and has recently been redesigned. The fairway on this gentle dogleg is narrow, with bunkers on both sides at the dogleg - there is also thick rough and gorse awaiting a wayward tee shot. The long second shot is played to a well-bunkered, sloping green. Accept a bogey and move on.

The 15th is a 580-yard par five, long straight and narrow - and the further you hit your drive, the narrower the fairway becomes, with three bunkers awaiting on the right and further bunkers ready to catch your second shot.  A sloping green is surrounded by further bunkers. This is a proper par five.

The closing hole is only 385 yards but you have got to find the fairway from the tee or else you will struggle to find the green or stop the ball on the slick putting surface.

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Derek Clements

Author, Derek Clements.

Derek Clements is a golf journalist - he has covered many Open Championships and European Tour events, as well as The Masters. Born in Glasgow, he writes for The Sunday Times and Golfshake, and has also written for Today's Golfer, the Daily Mail, Swing by Swing and many other golf websites, magazines and newspapers. He has played golf all over the world and numbers Gleneagles, Kingsbarns and Aldeburgh as his three favourite golf courses in the United Kingdom. He lives in Suffolk, is a member of Waldringfield Golf Club and has a handicap of nine. He had lessons from the late Bob Torrance and has worked with Jean-Jacques Rivet, one of the world's leading golf biomechanists.