The fantastic sponsors of the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open were very public in expressing their desire in seeing the links host venue travel round the country showcasing the diverse Scottish golf offering at The Home of Golf while ensuring perfect preparation for the following tournament, the British Open which back to back on the event schedule. Showcasing Scotland’s golf offering across the country with global television audiences is sure to help draw golf connoisseur to Scotland for a golf trip to remember. but what can we expect from Gullane in 2015?
As co host Graylyn Loomis reviews here Gullane #1 is a course that has been hosting British Open qualifying for many years and a course with some fantastic holes. A composite course combining both Gullane #1 and #2 will allow the course to be long enough for the players and logistically viable. The feeling in the industry is one of general satisfaction. Gullane will prove to be links preparation for the 2015 St Andrews British Open but will it be the equal challange of Royal Aberdeen? Honestly, not close.
Royal Aberdeen is fit for a British Open. It is pure links in a stunning setting with immense history. So much players have questioned if the test at Royal Aberdeen this week is too demanding prior to the British Open. Gullane while ticking most these boxes will be an easier test. Scotland’s Golf Coast, East Lothian within half an hour from the country’s capital Edinburgh will be thrown in the spot light again with the opportunity to showcase the regions’s world class golf offering.
If you were hoping to visit Gullane #1 prior to next year’s Scottish Open visitor green fees are very affordable with a Day Rate of £96 and Weekend Rate of £131. Visitors are very much encouraged throughout the week at this public, members club while any caddy requests would need to be made prior to a visit. The par 71 plays 6583 yards which will stretch to over 7000 yards come the tournament.
Lets hope the world class field and heavy contingent of PGA Tour players make the hop across the pond to play in 2015’s Scottish Open just as they did this year at Aberdeen. Gullane will deliver and with St Andrews being in such close proximity, the 2015’a British Open champion may be a seasoned local.