Gullane Golf Club in Scotland has opened a new short game facility designed by James Edwards.
The practice area sits on three acres that was part of the former eighteenth green of Course No. 3. That hole has now been converted into a 179-yard par three.
The short game facility features a large green with five pinnable areas, surrounds with designated hitting areas, and three bunkers by Durabunker. It provides players with the ability to play all types of short game shots.
Edwards was assisted by the club’s head professional Alasdair Good and course manager Stewart Duff.
“It is not often you get the chance to work with a golf club as visionary and progressive as Gullane,” said Edwards. “I applaud them for their trust in the EDI design process and the momentum of their execution alongside renowned shaper and construction firm, Conor J Walsh, during extremely difficult times.
“Together with the excellent team at Gullane, we collectively considered many design permutations over the last two years resulting in a final master plan which brings all the facilities nearer the visitors’ clubhouse and improves the customer journey. These facilities will no doubt help to grow the game of golf, encourage participation at this world-class venue and help to safeguard the future engagement of all levels of golf at Gullane for many years to come.”
Conor Walsh added: “Gullane needed to carry out these works to accommodate the number of visitors they have coming to the golf courses every year, while also feeding the demand from the membership to have high-end practice facilities.
“The practice facility had to be in keeping with the surrounding links, so we translocated 3,500 square metres of native grasses, we built a 1,300-square-metre putting surface and 7,000 square metres of surrounds. A full irrigation system was also installed. The practice facility is now the envy of all the golf clubs in the area.”
Adam Fox, the captain of Gullane Golf Club, said: “With our new short game area unrivalled in Scotland and work soon to begin on redeveloping the visitors’ clubhouse, we are committed to providing world-class facilities here at Gullane. In doing so, visitors will enjoy a wonderful experience both on and off our three courses – one that combines the finest traditions of links golf with the very best of modern amenities.”
The club’s driving range – located adjacent to the first hole on Course No. 2 – has also been expanded.