Gullane Golf Club - No. 1

Gullane, East Lothian, Scotland

Gullane lives and breathes golf. In fact, golf has been played in this small East Lothian town for upwards of 350 years, far longer than the Gullane Golf Club has been around. The club was established in 1882 and is home to three distinct golf courses, simply named Course No. 1, 2, and 3.

Course No. 1, which opened in 1884, is the oldest of the club’s three courses. It’s also touted as Gullane’s best. Knowledge of who designed the course has been lost to time, so now it’s simply chalked up to Mother Nature. Despite this, No. 1 is not just some quirky, old-fashioned affair. It’s a full-fledged high-class golf course, a reputation cemented when it hosted its first Scottish Open in 2015, won by Ricky Fowler.

From the first hole to the last, you’ll find that there’s a lot to love about No. 1. The early holes climb high onto a hill overlooking both Muirfield and the Firth of Fife. You also might be able to spot Edinburgh too. The later holes are a bit less idyllic, trading spectacular views for bumpy links terrain, as if to remind you why you’ve come to Gullane Golf Club in the first place.