Gullane (No. 3)
The No.3 course has a certain charm and character to it. Not that the other two don’t but this, the shortest of the three, has a few more eccentric holes. The greens are smaller and even though you are often going in with a short iron they are still tricky to find and as equally well bunkered as the other two courses.
In many ways this course makes a refreshing change to the relentlessly strong championship golf that No.1 and No.2 serve up and provides lots of fun shots. It’s also the perfect length to make it an excellent choice for those looking to play two courses on the same day and still have the energy to enjoy some food and a beer in the clubhouse. At just 5,259 yards (par 68) it makes our leading golf courses under 6,000 yards.
In terms of the stand-out holes; the second is a delightful short par three to a tiny green and surrounded by bunkers where only the most accurate shot will find the putting surface. There are a string of excellent short par fours throughout the course but especially on the front nine with the 3rd, 7th & 9th particularly standing out.
However, there are also a handful of holes on No.3 that wouldn’t sit out of place on either of the older two courses. Despite its modest length of 342 yards the sixth is a wonderful hole played to a green carved beautifully into the hillside. The tenth is as fine a test as you will come across on the entire 54 hole estate and the 12th is just a wonderful hole that doglegs left-to-right and in doing so wraps itself elegantly around Gullane Hill. The 16th was also a personal favourite.
It would be amiss not to mention the par three 15th which at 176 yards is possibly best played as a ‘chip and run’ or even with a putter from the tee! Why? You’ll have to go play and see for yourself!
Read the review of Gullane (No.1) here.
Read the review of Gullane (No.2) here.