Updated: Jun 12, 2018
Location – 4/5 - East Lothian is 35 minutes from the centre of Edinburgh, any easy commute and often if it raining (or in this case snowing !) the weather is materially better once you reach East Lothian.
Welcome Received – 4/5 it was a quiet morning so we wandered into the members clubhouse, leaving our bags and trollies in the secure and dry area at the back of the clubhouse. We were the only group in the main bar and ordered the excellent bacon rolls.
Practice Facilities – Not used (as too cold) but the driving range is excellent with both mats and grass to hit off. There is also a decent chipping area.
Club House – The clubhouse was redeveloped for the Scottish Open in 2015 and has 2 or 3 bar and eating areas which are extremely modern and comfortable. The homemade sausage roll, beans and chips was worth staying on for lunch to experience !
Course – 5/5 For mid-January with snow on the surrounding hills, the course was in excellent (and dry) condition, there were no mats in use and no winter greens as we are on links ground and whilst the greens had been sanded, the roll was excellent – evidenced by our fourball notching no less than 7 birdies and eagle. ! Whilst many of the bunkers were under repair, this is completely understandable at this time of year and (in my view) does not detract from the round and can also speed up play on a cold winters morning.
The views on Gullane 1 particularly around the 7th & 13th as you look down to the beach, Aberlady Bay and Muirfield are the some best golfing views in the world. In January on a clear crisp morning with the course relatively quiet it’s the best !
Stuffiness – 3/5 Clubhouse is modern and staff are extremely pleasant and welcoming. The club has a traditional club feel but is not suffy in my opinion.
Thoughts – Winter golf is all about getting out and enjoying the hours of sunshine as best we can and once you get the base layers and other warm clothing on a few hours on Gullane is a real pleasure. We got in to the clubhouse and sat by the fire as the snow began to fall – hard to beat. Gullane Golf Club will again host the Scottish Open this summer on a composite course mixing numbers 1 & 2 and that means it’s a premium venue to play with an individual tee time costing over £100 in summer, in winter it’s far more reasonable and well worth the trip.