The original Luffness Golf Club was founded in 1867 with a course designed by Old Tom Morris.
However due to complications to do with the ownership of part of the land, the club abandoned the old course and moved to its current site.
Old Tom designed another course there in 1894. Not long after the membership split and those that left the club formed Kilspindie GC.
Luffness New GC is located adjacent to the three courses at Gullane and the four courses make a pretty impressive golfing collective around the town of Gullane...
I was particularly taken with Luffness New.
The quality of the turf was as good as it gets- lovely tumbling fairways with beautiful springy turf that is a delight to play off.
The putting surfaces were also superb, and only moderately contoured making them great to putt on...
The fairways were tight and framed by a rough that was quite difficult to play from, placing an emphasis on accuracy of the tee
The course is well bunkered- and some of those bunkers were deep pots that made it quite a challenge to just move forward.
The tone is set early with the first hole green protected by five deep bunkers short of the green.
Old Tom wanted to test all facets of your game, and while you will be able to bounce the ball in on many a hole there are also plenty of holes where you are required to flight the ball over clusters of bunkers...
Some would call this penal architecture, but I believe it is a wonderful strategic test of golf.
Luffness New requires you to think your way around the course.
Yes, you have to be able to hit the ball straight off the tee, but you are also required to make decisions constantly on whether to lay up, or take on the bunkers.
Short par 4's like the fifteenth hole are a good example. You must assess the wind and make a decision on length off the tee and avoid at all costs the cluster of bunkers dominating the landing area.
I thought the collection of par 3's were excellent with 2 longer run in types (3 & 10) and two shorter holes surrounded by pots which required the aerial approach (6 & 16).
Any golfing trip to East Lothian should include a game at Luffness New.
And if you do get the opportunity, take a jacket and tie and stay for lunch to gain the full Luffness New experience.
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