The original Luffness Golf Club was founded in 1867 and had 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 and had Old Tom design another course in 1894. And part of the membership split and 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 impressed with Luffness New.
The quality of the turf was as good as it gets- lovely tumbling fairways with beautiful springy turf that was a delight to play off- the putting surfaces were also superb, and the greens were generally not big and not overly contoured making them great to putt on...
The fairways were perhaps tighter than most courses and framed by a rough that was quite difficult to play from. And the course is quite heavily 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 course penal architecture, but I believe it is a wonderful strategic test of golf. Luffness New more than most courses I know 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 that were surrounded by pots and 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.
Other Courses in the area:
Gullane no 3