East Lothian, situated half an hour drive south of Edinburgh, is one of Scotlands finest golf locations. Its coastline is often referred to as Scotland’s Golf Coast. The world famous links courses such as Muirfield, North Berwick and Gullane have more recently been joined by The Renaissance Club and Archerfield, mixing the traditional with a more modern game.
Gullane Golf Club is blessed with 3 courses to play over. All are quite different but No.1 is regarded as the championship links. Set in, around and on top of Gullane hill the views from the 7th are breathtaking. Famed for its all year round condition, the course has hosted numerous tournaments and in 2018 The Scottish Open returns to the famous links. Shotmaking is at a premium around No.1 and it’s well worth it’s 21st Scottish and 66th UK rankings.
Golf has been played in and around the ancient town of Dunbar since the 17th century. The club though wasn’t formed until 1856 when 15 holes were laid out. It was later extended to 18 with the help of Old Tom Morris. The course is mainly links (the first 3 holes are more parkland) before you set over a narrow strip of land where the wind is a constant challenge and the sea comes into play on the back nine. It is not a long course but is most entertaining especially as you hug the coast on the back nine. Well worth its 32nd ranking in Scotland.
The Renaissance Club’s championship course was designed by world renowned architect Tom Doak and opened to much acclaim, in April 2008. Its design required the removal of 8500 tonnes of trees to carve a course through 300 acres of pine forest. It boasts an imposing and luxurious clubhouse with impressive facilities for guests. Under American ownership it brings a touch of the ‘country club’ to East Lothian. With as many American as Scottish members it hosts its own fiercely contested Ryder Cup for members in the summer. It also recently hosted the 25th Scottish Seniors Open in August 2017.