Tuesday June 4 Gullane Golf Club
Gullane #1 & #2 (36 holes)
Today we pack our bags for an overnight golf excursion to the East Lothian region of Scotland, about a two hour’s drive south of St. Andrews, thirty minutes east of Edinburgh. East Lothian is one of the best regions for golf in Scotland, with 22 traditional links and classic inland golf courses, many steeped in rich history. It’s no wonder they call this area “Scotland’s Golf Coast.” Included here is the world-famous Muirfield where this year’s Open Championship will be contested. Unfortunately we will not be playing there this trip. With so many great courses being available here I had always intended to come and play at least one of them during our trip. The trouble was deciding which one. So while planning we decided that coming all this way for just a day and then returning back to St. Andrews that night made no sense, let’s make it an overnight affair and play 2 days. What’s better is we are actually playing 3 rounds too. Go figure.
So the “mini trip” begins early this morning with a drive to the town of Gullane and the Gullane Golf Club for 36 holes today. Established in 1882, but golf having been played on the Gullane links since at least 1650, three golf courses actually make up Gullane Golf Club. They are unimaginatively named the #1, #2 and #3 courses for their age. We will be playing the #1 and #2 with a lunch break between. The #1 course, the oldest and most famous of the three courses and is on everyone’s World’s Top 100 list. This stunning links course snakes its way across Gullane Hill. Yes – Gullane is not a flat golf course. The views on the #1 course at the top of Gullane Hill of East Lothian, Edinburgh and Fife are advertised as spectacular. A picture moment for sure. You can even see the adjacent Muirfield course from here. Other than its topography, what makes the courses at Gullane so unique is the absence of all trees and water. Just fairways, bunkers and gorse to navigate around. I’m looking forward to the experience on both courses.
After our rounds we check into the stunning MacDonald’s Marine Hotel & Spa in North Berwick for the night. This seaside hotel sits right on the North Berwick Golf Club with views over it to the Firth of Forth and beyond. The world-class spa here offers massages too. Hmmmmm? Coincidence? I think not.