ONE of Scotland’s most iconic golf clubs has opened its doors to a newly revamped clubhouse following an extensive 21st century upgrade, it was revealed.
Gullane Golf Club, in East Lothian, which has a history stretching back over 130 years, has completed the development in time for the 2015 Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open which the club will host this month.
With the likes of Rory Mcllroy, Phil Mickleson and Justin Rose battling it out over the famous links, the new-look clubhouse is set to play host to the European Tour, according to David Morgan, the club’s secretary.
He 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 revitalizing the interior to accommodate a busy, modern club with all of its demands.
“I am pleased to say this was achieved.”
The 18-month project saw Gullane’s iconic clubhouse close to both members and the public while the extensive restoration work took place.
Mr Morgan 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.”
In addition to the new clubhouse, Gullane has also created a new Championship Course for the Scottish Open which will incorporate 16 holes from Gullane’s renowned No. 1 Course and two holes from its striking No. 2 Course.
Three of the holes will feature newly built tees creating a modern test across a traditional links setting.