I love this town and these three courses at Gullane. The number 1 course is an Open qualifier and has been host to the Scottish Open. The town is changing a bit, that’s true, but the golf dominates, with Muirfield at one end, and the three Gullane courses at the other. Gorgeous beaches and walks too. And a pretty cool house to rent…https://ricketwood.com…and I am biased, naturally.
Back to the golf: here's a link to the Club’s website website: https://www.gullanegolfclub.co.uk.
And here’s a video that’s pretty cool:
This is from the website:
Golf has been played over the links at Gullane for more than 350 years. Today, Gullane Golf Club is one of Scotland's most prestigious member clubs, mixing the finest tradition with some of the most admired natural links land in the world. Gullane is blessed with superb turf and a climate that allows all year round golf. Visitors are welcome to play our championship courses which offer dramatic coastal views and a golfing challenge to savour.
Laid out over prime seaside land, the three golf courses are simply known by number reflecting their age. We have 4 flyovers available to view. Click here to view a flyover of all the courses. More information on this can be found in the Courses section of the site.
Gullane No. 1 (1884) has a long history of hosting national and international championship golf events. The Club was delighted to host the 2015 Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open and has also previously hosted Local Final Qualifying for the Open Championship at neighbouring Muirfield. The last time this was held was in 2013.
Gullane No. 2 (1898) was laid out by the legendary Willie Park Jr and has also been used for Open Championship Qualifying as well as the Seniors Open Amateur.
Gullane No. 3 (1910) was also designed by Willie Park Jr. It may be the shortest of the three courses, but it provides a wonderful test based on shot-making skills rather than power.
I've played at Gullane several times, and love number 1. The third course has many fond memories when I really could not play golf but enjoyed bashing it around on a Sunday morning then meeting the girls for lunch to be followed by a horse ride- hack- and then Chinese at The Loon Fung. A good weekend!
Looking back down the ferocious second hole.
Well, well: controversy at the 2018 Scottish Open!
EUROPEAN TOURJuly 15, 2018
Ian Poulter responds after Scottish Open marshal calls him an "arsehole" and accuses him of verbal abuse
By Alex Myers Ian Poulter of England reacts after his par putt on hole two during day two of the Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open at Gullane Golf Course on July 13, 2018.
Ian Poulter complained last month about partisan fans verbally abusing him at the U.S. Open. Over the weekend, a marshal at the Scottish Open took the tour star to task for the same thing.
A Gullane man named Quintin Jardine, who volunteered at this week's European Tour event, penned a post on his personal blog panning Poulter's behavior and sharing a letter he wrote to the tournament director. Titled "Ian Poulter is an arsehole," Jardine claims the tour pro verbally "abused" and displayed "aggression" at him after he informed Poulter his tee shot on the first hole had disappeared into a bush.
Jardine also says Poulter was upset that Jardine didn't walk into the bush because if he stepped on the ball as a marshal, Poulter would be entitled to a free drop. Whereas if Poulter stepped on his ball, he'd be penalized. Here's how Jardine ended his letter:
My first inclination was to do no more that slaughter Mr Poulter on my blog and Facebook page, but now I feel that I have a duty on behalf of all the other volunteers to bring the incident to the Tour’s attention," Jardine wrote. "I’m not asking for him to be fined, because I don’t see the point of that. However I would like him to be reminded that even though most of the world knows you’re an arsehole, there’s no need to go proving it to the rest. I will take his apology as read, but if he wants to make it in person, I’m not hard to find in Gullane.
Poulter responded on social media denying any verbal abuse and saying any foul language was directed at himself. In regards to the marshal potentially stepping on his ball, Poulter wrote, "I replied 'if you stand on it I can replace it without penalty but if I stand on it I will get penalized.'" Here's Poulter's full statement.
Poulter wound up finding his ball and getting it back to the fairway on his second shot. He finished the event tied for 30th place, 11 shots behind winner Brandon Stone.
UPDATE: Jardine has deleted his original post and written another entry titled "Poulter." Here's what Jardine wrote:
Seems that Mr Poulter has disputed my account of our exchange yesterday. Now I’m having email abuse from pond life and bottom feeders. I don’t need that.
The only way I can get rid of it is by deleting the original post. In retrospect I should probably have kept the dispute private, but it’s out of the box now, and I must rely on the Tour to make a judgement.
Mr Poulter has gone public to his two million Twitter followers with his version of events. All I can say is that I stand by mine and at no time did I ever utter the words ‘OK thanks.’ What I did say was ‘Vive Les Belges.’ Now I wish I’d said ‘Come on you Spurs,’ as that really would have pushed his buttons.
I still hope to hear from him, but I don’t expect to. That won’t bother me, not a bit.
I never realized Mr Jardine as a golfer nor quite such an outspoken chap, but I loved some of his Bob Skinner novels.
This is a description of number 1. The website has more information on each course.
Course No. 1 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.