All three courses at Gullane are well worth playing but it is No 1 that is rightly regarded as the outstanding of the trio. Beginning and ending like so many of the great Scottish links in the town, it rises to the crest of Gullane Hill, from where, according to the game’s most celebrated chronicler Bernard Darwin, can be gained the ‘finest view in golf’.
To the east is Muirfield, to the west Kilspindie and Longniddry and to the north the Firth of Forth and beyond it Fife. Then the holes tumble downhill for a little while back to the very cliff tops before rising gently again for the final drop from the 17th tee.
Few, if any, other links feature such dramatic changes in elevation, and Gullane does so in great style. It is also impeccably presented with the greens and fairways a joy to experience in themselves.