10th May, 2022 by The Caddie
Discover the East Lothian Treasure trail that is Scotland’s Golf Coast. A deeper look into Craigielaw, Kilspindie and Gullane #2.
“A unique experience”, “Great part of the world”, “First class links courses” – just some of the phrases used to describe the beautiful area that is East Lothian or as we know it, Scotland’s Golf Coast.
Located 20 miles from Edinburgh City Centre and just a 2-hour drive from Glasgow and Newcastle, the irresistible rural region offers golfers 21 different courses to play over a 30-mile stretch, including three of our favourites, Craigielaw, Kilspindie and Gullane #2 Golf Club.
Opened in 2001, Craigielaw Golf Club, is classed as a relatively new course compared to its counterparts and is seen as a golfer’s paradise. Designed by Donald Steel, the course has already hosted a number of national events, including the 2006 Scottish Amateur Strokeplay Championship and the 2007 Senior British Open Qualifying final.
In terms of opening holes, Craigielaw has it all. A dog-leg right with fairway bunkers located perfectly to grab your ball. The Caddie strongly recommends you think wisely how you play this hole. Measuring 327 yards, the big hitters can go for it, however, the bunkers which surround the green may make it difficult to reach comfortably. Smart golf is required here in order to succeed around this bruit of a course.
(Craigielaw Golf Club, 1st Hole)
Round the corner (literally) is another gem by the name of Kilspindie Golf Club. Opened in 1889, and designed by Willie Park Jnr and Ben Sayers, the course measures at just under 5500 yards of the medal tees, and despite its short length, Kilspindie is sure to test your golf game no matter the conditions.
Several holes border the coastline giving golfers some fantastic views of the bay. A key hole for where accuracy is required is the 7th, also known as ‘The Ditches’. Running along the beach where positioning off the tee is key, so don’t be shy from hitting a long iron or wood to hit the fairway. However, that’s the least of our problems, the green slopes from back to front with a pot of bunkers surrounding the green awaiting its next victim – all we can say is enjoy (and good luck!)
(Kilspindie Golf Club, 7th Hole)
Another Willie Park Jnr design and part of the East Lothian treasure trail is Gullane #2. Only a 7 minute drive away from Kilspindie Golf Club, guests can enjoy a short commute from their accommodation to limit the travel time for more golf. A previous host to Open Championship qualifying and Seniors Amateur Open, it’s no stranger to being the centre of attention and welcoming the best golfers in the country to visit.
The first seven holes run alongside Gullane #1 before it eventually turns away and out to the Aberlady bay. The signature 11th hole sits right at the top of the hill with some spectacular views of Gullane #2 and #3. Surrounded by bunkers at the front, left and right hand side of the green, it’s a shot that requires great distance control, whether you choose to run it or fly it to the green, be sure to pick the right club.
(Gullane #2, 11th Hole)
But what else can you do in East Lothian?…
Why not enjoy some post-round food in the local village of Aberlady! The town provides a variety of options ready to satisfy your taste buds. Treat yourself to the legendary fish and chips at the Ducks Inn or the curry of your choice at Grace of India. There is something for everyone to enjoy in the beautiful village of Aberlady.
Want to find out more about Craigielaw. Kilspindie and Gullane #2? Why not call a member of our team on 0141 212 8889 to help you start planning a dream golf break today or look at our current offers in East Lothian.