Gullane 2 has a lot in common with Number 3. The same immaculate conditioning of the fairways and greens, the same far reaching views over the Firth of Forth and the same incredible value the green fee offers.
However, whilst the 5250 yard G3 is only a gentle test, G2 provides a more thorough examination of your game. At 6400 yards, this par 71 is no pushover - especially if the wind is whipping.
The green complexes are wonderful. Whilst the Third plays up that steep Gullane Hill again, and is a bit of a slog, the 17th on the way back down is great fun. There is something exhilarating to stand at the top of a precipitous fairway and smack driver towards the green far below.
The round finishes on the other side of the road - again near the visitors clubhouse.
When staging the Scottish Open, they used a number of holes from G2 on the composite layout. In truth, there are plenty of holes here that are interchangeable with the main course. The quality and consistency is excellent, and in any ‘normal’ golfing town this would be the leading golf course.
Gullane is far from a ‘normal’ place though, and the next two courses to feature on the tour will, I’m sure, secure your agreement.