The second course at The Gullane Golf Club in East Lothian is appropriately called Gullane no 2 as the club deigns to number their courses in the order in which they were founded.
Golf has been played in the area for 350 plus years, but Gullane No 1 opened in 1884 and was followed by No 2 in 1898.
Gullane no 2 was designed by Willie Park Jnr (who also designed No 3) and runs alongside Gullane No 1 for 7 holes, before sweeping down to Aberlady Bay and returning over the Gullane Hill.
As with No 1, Gullane No 2 suffers a little with the opening and closing holes up and down the hill not quite to the standard of the rest of the course...
Nevertheless No 2 is a real links golfing gem- the quality and variety of each hole throughout the middle section of the course in my opinion actually shades its older brother.
No 2 may be slightly shorter than No 1 but the golf is at least its equal.
The wonderful revetted pot bunkers at no 2 really define the links
With quality turf throughout and greens as pure as any links course, No 2 demands your attention, tests your golfing skills and leaves you wanting to return.
Notable holes include:
- hole 4, a strong par 4 with a chain of bunkers crossing the fairway short of the green
- hole 7, a lovely shorter par 4 with sea backdrop
- hole 11, a challenging longer par 3 well protected by 5 greenside bunkers and another 3 short that need to carried...
- hole 13, a longish par 4 where the thinking golfer will come to the fore- bunkers off the tee must be avoided!
Too many travelling golfers drive through Gullane to play Nth Berwick or Muirfield without giving Gullane a second thought.
I for one will not make that mistake again!
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