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Course No. 2

Gullane No. 2 was laid out by Willie Park Jr in 1898. Running alongside No. 1 for the first seven holes, the course sweeps down to a nature reserve next to Aberlady Bay before turning back towards home and the Visitors' Clubhouse.

One feature of the Course is the 11th with its magnificent view and tricky club selection.

The beauty of the East Lothian coastline and the challenge of the layout create an unforgettable round that epitomises links golf in Scotland. In particular, No. 2 is famed for the challenge of its short holes embodied by the 215-yard, par three 11th with its wonderful views and testing tee shot.

At 6,385 yards, No. 2 is shorter than its older sibling but provides an equally stern test as it proved during final qualifying for the Open Championship in 1980, the Millennium Seniors Open Amateur Championship, and the British Girls Home International Matches in 2011.

With challenge and charm in equal doses, No. 2 is a favourite with those who enjoy their golf with a twist in its tail.

The architect of Course No. 2 is Willie Park Junior. The type of grass is predominantly Bent on the fairways and Fescue on the greens. There are 107 bunkers on the course and the average green size is 500m 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 150yd posts on each hole which mark the distance to the middle of the green.

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Course Details


Welcome to Course No. 2

Course No. 2 has White flags throughout

White Tees Par 71 and SSS 71

Yellow Tees Par 71 and SSS 69

Red Tees  Par 73 and SSS 73

USGA Course Rating - White tees 71.3 and Yellow tees 69.2

USGA Slope Rating - White tees 125 and Yellow tees 119.

Hole 1

A comfortable 200-250 yard opening drive sets you up for an approach to a relatively flat green. Enjoy this gentle start.

Hole 2

Carry past the bunker on the left and let the ball filter down giving the best angle in to any pin position on this tricky green.

Hole 3

A challenging tee shot on this interesting hole. Trust your club choice to get you up the hill then enjoy the pitch to the green.

Hole 4

A great par 4 so do it justice. The drive must be 200 yards plus, and on the fairway, to make the carry over the gaping jaws of the bunkers.

Hole 5

A properly struck shot is required to hit this well defended green. Aim a wee bit left as anything short kicks to the right. 

Hole 6

The drive is the key to opening up this hole. Avoid the bunkers to progress towards a green that slopes gently away from you. 

Hole 7

Driving blind needs a plan and a bit of trust. See your ball again on the left side of the fairway and when you see the green, you will know why.

Hole 8

Under 400 yards in length sounds easy to some. A dog-leg left, between 2 bunkers to a well gaurded sloping green says differently.

Hole 9

A slight dog-leg right with 10 bunkers to aviod. Finding the fairway is paramount to arriving safely onto the green.  

Hole 10

Accuracy pays here too and, if you can, favour the left side to make the approach easier to the right side of the green.

Hole 11

The view is stunning to compliment this great par 3. Carry the 3 front bunkers and hope it runs,  or fly it all the way. You choose.

Hole 12

Drive it long and left to give yourself the best approach angle. The green is raised on 2 sides so defends itself well.

Hole 13

This hole offers a real challenge. You will have to drive left off centre avoiding 2 penal bunkers, then uphill to a two teir green. Good luck! 

Hole 14

A strong nerve and a positive swing required here. Keep it left off the tee then get your yardage when aiming for the left side of the green.

Hole 15

Miss the guarding bunkers and you will find the ball gathers into the middle of the green. If the pin is there too, you're in luck.

Hole 16

You will need to negotiate bunkers from the tee. For your second you will meet them again in the middle of the fairway,  but thankfully none around the sloping green.

Hole 17

From the tee, play for accuracy as it's a short hole with a sloping landing area. Hit the fairway to gain control over the short approach.

Hole 18

A birdie awaits. For some the green is in reach. For others, keep your tee shot left then pitch it close to a receptive green.      

Course No. 2 Scorecard

Men's Scorecard
Hole ChampionshipC'ship Tees White Yards Yellow Yards Par Stroke Index
1 366 366 356 4 9
2 334 334 326 4 7
3 237 237 233 4 13
4 454 454 425 4 1
5 197 197 171 3 17
6 537 537 498 5 5
7 375 375 358 4 15
8 393 393 352 4 3
9 354 354 347 4 11
Out 3247 3247 3066 36  
10 381 381 340 4 6
11 215 215 194 3 16
12 408 408 376 4 10
13 400 400 384 4 2
14 366 366 336 4 12
15 175 175 167 3 18
16 527 527 471 5 4
17 361 361 351 4 8
18 305 305 291 4 14
In 3138 3138 2910 35  
Out 3247 3247 3066 36  
Total 6385 6385 5976 71  
Ladies' Scorecard
Hole Red Yards Par Stroke Index
1 349 4 9
2 320 4 3
3 226 4 13
4 418 5 5
5 146 3 17
6 429 5 1
7 345 4 15
8 309 4 7
9 343 4 11
Out 2885 37  
10 314 4 6
11 169 3 16
12 372 5 10
13 305 4 2
14 293 4 12
15 151 3 18
16 449 5 4
17 349 4 8
18 279 4 14
In 2681 36  
Out 2885 37  
Total 5566 73  

Additional Information


Where is Gullane Golf Club?
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.
How many courses does the Club have?
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.
When I arrive at the Club where should I go to?
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.
Are handicap certificates required to play at the Club?
Handicap certificates are not required to play Gullane No. 2 or No. 3 but to play Gullane No. 1 there are handicap limits of 24 for men and 30 for ladies. Evidence of handicap is required for Course No. 1 which will be checked by the No. 1 Starter.
Is there a halfway hut on any of the courses?
No, but both Clubhouses can also 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.
Are there yardage indicators on Course No. 2?
Yes. There are 150 yard markers which measures to the middle of the green.
Is there water available on the Courses?
There are 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.
Are there toilets on the Courses?
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.
Is it possible to play 9 holes ?
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 hols then come back to the Clubhouse.) This means that 9 holes is not possible without having a long walk back to the Clubhouse.
Which hole is best for nearest the pin in two on course 2?
The 5th hole.
Does the Club offer online booking for visitors ?
Online booking for visitors is not currently available. Please telephone 01620 842 255 or email to make a booking enquiry.
Which hole is best for longest drive on course 2?
The 6th hole.
Which hole is best for nearest the pin on course 2?
The 15th hole.

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