Gullane set for Scottish Open after big revamp

The swanky exterior of the all-new Gullane Golf Club's Members' Clubhouse
The swanky exterior of the all-new Gullane Golf Club's Members' Clubhouse
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WITH superstar golfers Rory Mcllroy, Phil Mickleson and Justin Rose set to tee off on its fairways, this is one clubhouse revamp finished in the nick of time.

Gullane Golf Club, with a history stretching back over 130 years, has completed the transformation only days before the start of the 2015 Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open.

The reaction to the new-look clubhouse has been amazing, we are very pleased

David Morgan

Masterminded by Edinburgh design firm Susan Stephen Architects, the revamp allowed for a contemporary glazed golfer’s entrance to the rear of the clubhouse, a bag drop lobby, drying room and trolley charging store.

Although the 18-month project resulted in a wide range of physical changes, club leaders said preserving the town’s appearance was a key aim.

Club secretary David Morgan said: “The Members’ Clubhouse has been a landmark on Gullane’s skyline for nearly 100 years so it was imperative that any changes would not affect the look of the town.

“Instead, we wanted to retain the exterior of the clubhouse while revitalising the interior to accommodate a busy, modern club with all of its demands. I am pleased to say this was achieved.”

He added: “With three 18-hole courses, as well as our children’s course, Gullane attracts a lot of visitors so it was important to continue the service levels during the restoration period.

“The temporary facilities were received well by the members while the reaction to the new-look clubhouse has been amazing. We are very pleased with how it has worked out.”

Susan Stephen said retaining the clubhouse’s facade and elevation was “essential”.

“It is a dominant building in the landscape and visible as you drive into the village,” she said. “It is an important landmark that we wanted to reinforce.”

In addition to the clubhouse transformation, Gullane has created a new championship course for the Scottish Open which will incorporate 16 holes from its No 1 Course and two holes from the No 2 Course. Three of the holes will feature newly built tees aimed at creating a modern test across a traditional links setting.

Robert Dick, Gullane’s captain, said members were “extremely pleased” with the revamp.

“It represents a considerable investment but clearly illustrates our continued commitment to providing our members and visitors with a world-class experience,” he said.

“Although we have only just moved back in, the response has been extremely encouraging.”

To accommodate members during construction, the club also built temporary accommodation next to its visitors’ clubhouse, which will be retained until after the Scottish Open.

Gullane is preparing to host thousands of golf fans for this year’s event, with spectators set to arrive decked out in tartan as part of a bid to raise funds for Mindroom, the tournament’s official charity.