The history of Gullane No. 1 Course stretches back to 1884. Carved into the ancient links turf with pot bunkers, wispy grasses and smooth-running greens the course is a unique challenge for the serious golfer. Add to that the fabulous views across to Edinburgh, the Firth of Forth, Fife and beyond and you have one of the world’s most cherished golfing experiences.
Not surprisingly, the course has been the setting for a host of highly acclaimed tournaments including the 2015 AAM Scottish Open and final qualifying for the Open Championship on five occasions. The Scottish Amateur Championship and the Ladies British Open Amateur Championship have both been hosted over No. 1 on four occassions.
In 2013 it was voted in 21st place in the Top 100 Courses in Scotland by Today’s Golfer and recognised as having one of the best holes in the world by Golf Magazine (USA) in the form of the spectacular par five 3rd. It was also ranked Scotland’s 20th Best Course in Scotland by Golf Digest in January 2016. Click here to view the publication.
With every hole having its own distinct character, Gullane No. 1 is both memorable and enjoyable, and undoubtedly one of Scotland’s finest links courses.
The architect of Course No. 1 is unknown. The type of grass is predominantly Bent on the fairways and Fescue on the greens. There are 124 bunkers on the course and the average green size is 550m Sq.
Gullane hosted the 2015 Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open in July 2015 over a Championship composite course of Gullane No. 1 and No. 2.
To help give you a feel for the course, Alasdair Good, the Club's Head Professional has provided a hole by hole description in our Course Details section below.
There are distance markers on each of the sprinkler heads on the No. 1 course. The distance is to the middle of the green.
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Course No. 1 has Red Flags throughout
Blue Tees - Par 71 and SSS 74
White Tees - Par 71 and SSS 73
Yellow Tees - Par 71 and SSS 71
Red Tees - Par 74 and SSS 75
USGA Course Rating - Blue Tees 74, White Tees 73 and Yellow tees 71
USGA Slope Rating - White tees 129 and Yellow 124
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Gullane Golf Club is situated at the west end of the village of Gullane in East Lothian, Scotland. The Club offers championship quality links golf courses with dramatic views across the Firth of Forth to Edinburgh and Fife. Further details on the Club's location can be found on the Getting Here page.
The Club has three, 18 hole links courses. The three golf courses do not have names but simply numbers which reflect their age. Further information on the courses can be found on The Courses page.
Visitors playing Course No. 1 should report to the Members' Clubhouse. Visitors playing Courses No. 2 and No. 3 should report to the Visitors' Clubhouse.
Handicap certificates are required to play Gullane No. 1 but are not required for Gullane No. 2 and Gullane No. 3. On Gullane No. 1 there are handicap limits of 24 for men and 30 for ladies. Evidence of handicap will be checked by the No. 1 Starter.
Yes. On Course No. 1 distances are marked on all sprinkler heads to the front, middle and back of the green.
There are water fountains on each course:
No. 1 – 11th tees
No. 2 – 9th green
No. 3 – 10th tees
Alternatively, water can be purchased prior to going to the first tee from the Members' or Visitors' Clubhouse or the Pro Shop.
No, but both Clubhouses can provide a takeaway service of drinks and rolls. Also, soft drinks and chocolate can be bought from the Visitors' Clubhouse, the No. 2 Starter box or the Professional’s shop. Alcoholic drinks are not allowed on the course.
There are toilets on all the courses:
No. 1 – Between the 4th, 7th and 10th greens.
No. 2 – Behind the 5th green and left of the 16th yellow tees.
No. 3 – Left of the 13th green towards the Greenkeepers sheds.
All three courses have the traditional links layout: the first 9 holes starting from the Clubhouse so the 9th green is the further point from the Clubhouse. The second nine holes then come back to the Clubhouse. This means that 9 holes is not possible without having a long walk back to the Clubhouse.
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The 15th hole.
The 13th hole.
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