Gullane is a small town that lives and breathes golf. The Gullane No.1 course was laid down in 1884 and is the most senior of a triumvirate of courses at Gullane golf Club. Today Gullane is one of Scotland’s most prestigious member clubs, mixing the finest tradition with some of the most admired links land in the world. Gullane is blessed with superb turf, offers dramatic coastal views and presents a golfing challenge to savour.
Host to fifteen Open Championships; most recently in 2013, Muirfield is considered by many top professionals to be one of the fairest Open golf courses. Having been lengthened prior to the 2013 Open the course now measures 7,192 yards with par set at 71. Muirfield has become a stern 21st century challenge, especially when the wind blows. The layout ensures that the wind hits you from all directions, but Muirfield is as difficult to play downwind as it is upwind. Muirfield is a traditional links of the highest calibre.
Although it only opened for play in 2004, The Fidra course at The Archerfield Estate blends very well into the group of premium golf layouts in this stretch of East Lothian. Located between Muirfield and North Berwick, golf had not been played here for the last fifty years. Major investment to create two new courses; The Fidra and The Dirleton together with the restoration of Archerfield House now offers members and visitors a very special Scottish links golf experience.
Golf has been played over the historic West Links course since the 17th century. A true championship links course, having hosted Final Qualifying for The Open Championship. It’s not the longest links in the world but it’s sheer fun and a unique experience. You need to negotiate stonewalls, deep bunkers and all kinds of humps and hollows. You also need to hit blind shots and some shots out over the beach. The West Links remains one of Scotland’s most remarkable courses. Charming and totally memorable.
Founded in 1894 and designed by Old Tom Morris, Luffness New is a traditional Scottish links course which can be an extremely difficult test of golf , demanding accurate shot-making, particularly when the wind blows across The Forth. Selected as a host venue for qualifying when The Open is played at Muirfield, the course at Luffness is renowned for its great year round condition and superb moderately contoured greens.
The Renaissance Club
Intentionally designed to host professional championships, Renaissance Club ( part of the Archerfield Estate ) was designed by Tom Doak and from the back tees is certainly not a golf course for the faint hearted. Located next to Muirfield, the opening of Renaissance in 2008 introduced another fantastic challenging golf course to East Lothian’s already well established and celebrated portfolio. Beautifully presented with superb facilities. A real championship venue.