Blown away -- literally -- by my first impressions of Scotland at Gullane Golf Club along the 'Golf Coast' in East Lothian
ABERLADY, East Lothian, Scotland – My foursome was treated to what felt like all four seasons in a span of 3 1/2 hours playing on the famed No. 1 Course at Gullane Golf Club.
First came the wind. Then came the tiny sprinkling of rain. Then came a brief bout of hail. When the sun popped back out, the wind inexplicably turned into an icy gale, feeling 15 degrees cooler than just 15 minutes prior. The 25- to 35-mile-per-hour gusts forced a creative mix of half shots and bump-and-runs up and down the famous hill that anchors a course tough enough to host a qualifier for the 2013 British Open at Muirfield. (There are two other courses at the club, too). It was a grand welcome to my first links golf adventure in Scotland, the home of golf.
I’ve been coming to the British Isles for a decade but never found my way to Scotland. This is sure to be a treat, sunshine or otherwise. There’s lots of new to talk about in one of the oldest golf destinations on the planet. I’m among the first guests to be staying at the Lodge at Craigielaw, which will officially open in May. The lodge was built onto the existing clubhouse of a nice links, adding 25 rooms that offer the simplest of amenities, a flat-screen TV, double bed, desk and a rain head in the shower, all just steps from the club’s friendly bar/restaurant.
Also new is the idea to brand East Lothian “Scotland’s Golf Coast.” It makes perfect sense. Great members clubs featuring some of the game’s oldest links line up along the coast road. Of the 22 courses in the region, I’ll test drive the best of them this week … Dunbar, North Berwick, Musselburgh, Gullane and The Open Championship course at Muirfield. Life is sure to be good on any golf trip to Scotland, even if the weather isn’t.
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