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Of all the courses at Gullane, No. 3 enjoys some of the best views across Aberlady Bay to Edinburgh and the Firth of Forth beyond. Spectacular and challenging, No. 3 is a course that demands a deft touch and a cool head. Forget the yardage chart; this is a course for shot-makers.
Designed by Willie Park Jr, the course celebrated its centenary in 2010 and has matured to become a much loved destination for many visiting golfers. Favoured with the same impeccable links turf as its older neighbours No. 3 is maintained to the same high standards from tee to green. This is no soft option, despite a lack of yards the course still present the classic Gullane challenge of strategic course management, true running greens and numerous bunkers to be avoided – and all played out in stunning scenery.
The type of grass is predominantly Bent on the fairways and Fescue on the greens. There are 67 bunkers on the course and the average green size is 450m 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. 3
Course No. 3 has Yellow Flags on the 1st to the 17th hole and then a red flag on the 18th.
White/Yellow Tees Par 68 and SSS 66
Red Tees Par 69 and SSS 69
USGA Course Rating - White tees 65.5
USGA Slope Rating - White tees 116
Risk and reward. Drive it left and there is more room, or right to open up the green. Watch for the cross wind and the left slope on this opening green.
Often straight plays straight in to the wind so with trouble at the front and a green that slopes away from you. Make sure you take enough club.
Left of centre is the best line off the tee as the bunker on the right guards any pin on the right half of the green.
Reachable for some but the rough awaits if you are off target. A steady two shots is often more productive in hunting for birdies.
The fairway bunkers are to be avoided. Once you've done this, the left side of the fairway offers the best route in to all pin positions.
It's stroke index 1 for a reason! Keep left of centre with your drive to avoid sliding into hidden bunkers. Play for the middle of the green and try to enjoy the putt.
Play for accuracy and allow the slope to help with the distance. Again, the left side on the fairway opens up the best line to into any pin.
Easier that it looks. Most the trouble is short and slight slope at the back of the green helps hold the ball on the green.
Avoid the only fairway bunker which is on the right. It's uphill to the green so take extra club to ensure your next shot is a putt.
Open your shoulders a bit here as it will take two good hits to get home. The approach will run on the firm fairway but you'll need to the straight.
All you need is 130 yards carry. Be up and even if you are a bit long, the bank at the back will save you and push the ball back on to the green.
A dog-leg right doesn't mean right is ok. A testing drive but the fairway must be found if the ball is to be green bound. A small back to front sloping green awaits.
The wind often helps here so use it well. Send the ball high and straight to the heart of this receptive green.
Go for your best drive as there is only one bunker to avoid. Hitting it hard and accurately will give you a good birdie opportunity. Favour the green left with your approach.
This green can be hit with any club in the bag- as long as it's straight. Enjoy the roller coaster par 3 that yields the most Hole in One's at Gullane.
The start of a great finish. Plan well your left centre drive to avoid sand. Play for the middle right of the green as the ball feeds down from there.
Left is again the best from the tee to avoid the well visited bunker which guards the front right of this green.
Play like a Pro on this hole-brain is better than muscle here. It's a must hit fairway to control the approach to a hole with a split level green.
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