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The history of Gullane No. 1 Course stretches back to 1884. Carved into the ancient links turf, 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 final qualifying for the Open Championship on five occasions, the Scottish Amateur Championship four times, and the Ladies British Open Amateur Championship also four times.
It has been recently voted in the Top 25 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.
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.
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.
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Welcome to Course No. 1
Course No. 1 has Red Flags throughout
Blue Tees Par 71 and SSS 73
White Tees Par 71 and SSS 72
Yellow Tees Par 71 and SSS 70
Red Tees Par 74 and SSS 75
USGA Course Rating - White tees 71.8 and Yellow 70.0
USGA Slope Rating - White tees 129 and Yellow 124
A good start is a 220 yard drive favouring the right side of the fairway. From here you have opened up the green with a short iron approach.
This hole only needs one bunker, nature does the rest. Hitting this narrow fairway is vital even it means playing more for accuracy than length.
A strong drive down the left sets you up for a 2nd shot in to the right side of the fairway and opens up the green.
This narrow green has all the trouble at the front so if you can, be sure to carry your ball well over the front bunkers.
A generous fairway, so drive with confidence to the centre right. Know your yardage, then hit it long and straight to find the putting surface.
Accuracy here pays dividends, so stay out of the bunkers. Hit the right side of the green and the slope may give you a better birdie opportunity.
One of the best views in golf. Keep your drive straight and let the hill help your distance. Enjoy a low running shot into the green if you fancy a wee change.
This newly improved hole offers a real challenge. A good drive and a well placed 2nd shot to the front of the green is required to make a score.
8 bunkers to avoid on this classic par 3. Hit the green and you will not be far from the flag for your birdie putt.
A good solid drive is required to hit this green in regulation. A slight down slope just before the green helps give those needed yards on the approach.
Watch out for the 2 bunkers just over the hill on the left. Avoid these and you will gain extra yards. More bunkers lie in wait for errant approach shots.
A great par 5 full of risk and reward. Thread your tee shot through the bunkers and hit the long narrow green for a birdie opportunity.
An exacting tee shot is required to hit this green. Err on the side of going long to avoid the many bunkers.
A par here is always a good result. Drive it long and left of centre to open up the approach in this subtle green.
The further you hit the narrower it gets so plan your route well. The challenge continues on No.1's most sloping green.
Again, as with our previous par 3s, all the trouble lies at the front so be up, and if you are lucky, you will get a helping hand from the bank on the left.
Hit it long with ease. There is a plateau which will give an advantageous level stance for you approach over those gaping bunkers.
Luck doesn't come in to it much here. Choose a route that suits your game to avoid sand from the tee. Your reward is an approach in to an unbunkered green.
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