Gullane is situated right on the heart of Scotland’s “Golf Coast” and has stunning courses both in the village, and within a short drive. Golf has been played in Gullane for over 350 years, and is found right at the heart of the community. This is a place to live, breathe and eat golf. The courses have superb quality turf and a climate that allows golf all year round.
Perhaps best known is Muirfield, a ten minute walk from the Laurus House. Needing no introduction, Muirfield is quite simply one of the most famous golf courses in the world. The club was formed in the mid 1700s and moved to Muirfield in 1891. Perhaps best known as an international championship course (15 Open Championships have been played there), it has also hosted eleven amateur championships and is a firm favourite of golfers the world over. Full details are available here.
At the other end of the village, also a ten minute walk from The Laurus House, is the prestigious Gullane Golf Club.
Golf has been played over the links at Gullane for more than 350 years. Today, Gullane Golf Club is one of Scotland’s most prestigious member clubs, mixing the finest tradition with some of the most admired natural links land in the world. The club welcomes visitors who can play the three championship courses, offering dramatic coastal views and a golfing challenge to savour. The official website is here, and describes the courses as follows:
Laid out over prime seaside land, the three golf courses are simply known by number reflecting their age.
- Gullane No. 1 (1884) has a long history of hosting national and international championship golf events, most recently the Local Final Qualifying for the 2013 Open Championship at neighbouring Muirfield.
- Gullane No. 2 (1898) was laid out by the legendary Willie Park Jr and has also been used for Open Championship Qualifying as well as the Seniors Open Amateur.
- Gullane No. 3 (1910) was also designed by Willie Park Jr. It may be the shortest of the three courses, but it provides a wonderful test based on shot-making skills rather than power.
A five mile drive to Aberlady offers further courses, including the championships links course at Craigielaw, the classic course at Kilspindie Golf Club, and Lufness New Golf Club (new in the sense it was founded in 1894!).
Continuing through Aberlady, Longniddry (home of the Longniddry Golf Club), Haddington (Haddington Golf Club) and Musselburgh (which boasts The Royal Musselburgh Golf Club, Musselburgh Links, billed as the oldest golf course in the world, and Musselburgh Golf Club) are all comfortably within a 30 minute drive, and heading ten minutes in the other direction from the Laurus House, brings you to the beautiful town of North Berwick, home of North Berwick Golf Club and The Glen Golf Club.