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.
Golf has been played over the links at Gullane for more than 350 years. Today, Gullane Golf Club is one of the most prestigious member clubs in Scotland, mixing the finest traditions with some of the most admired natural links in the world.
Gullane offers a unique range of golfing experiences for members and visitors alike, combining a major role in the history of golf in Scotland, great golfing conditions, and a truly spectacular environment. Gullane is blessed with superb turf and a climate that allows all year round golf. Visitors are welcome to play our championship courses which offer dramatic coastal views and a golfing challenge to savour. Laid out over prime seaside land, the three golf courses are simply known by number reflecting their age.
Gullane No. 1, established in 1884 has a long history of hosting national and international championships, most recently the AAM Scottish Open in July 2015.
Gullane No. 2, established in 1898 was laid out by the legendary Willie Park Jr.
Gullane No. 3, established in 1910 was also designed by Park, is the shortest but provides a wonderful test of shot-making.
Not surprisingly, the course has been the setting for a host of highly acclaimed tournaments including the 2015 AAM Scottish Open and final qualifying for the Open Championship on five occasions. The Scottish Amateur Championship and the Ladies British Open Amateur Championship have both been hosted over No. 1 on four occasions.
Golf Monthly ranked Gullane No. 1 in 63rd place in their UK & Ireland rankings for 2017/18.This is up 5 places to the previous ranking.
In 2013 it was voted in 21st place in the Top 100 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. It was also ranked Scotland’s 20th Best Course in Scotland by Golf Digest in January 2016. Click here to view the publication.
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.
In 2015 all eyes were on Gullane as it welcomed the European Tour and the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open. The Championship course was well received by the European Tour, players and spectators. Rickie Fowler was a well-deserved champion.