Luffness New

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Located in the heart of East Lothian lies the magnificent Luffness New course which was founded in 1894 by Henry Hope and designed by Old Tom Morris. Often overlooked by its neighbouring courses, Luffness is a true hidden gem and one of the many traditional links courses that provides a challenging yet entertaining experience. 

In this blog post, we’ve shared some of the wonderful course history, design and tips of playing this course as part of the Old Tom Morris Trail, while giving you an insight into the local hospitality and retail options available… 

Luffness New 
AddressLuffness New Golf Club,Aberlady,East Lothian,EH32 0QA,Scotland
Location 1 mile West of Gullane
Style Links
Length6581 yards
Scottish Ranking44th

Course design

On the East Lothian coastline, Luffness New is a traditional links course similar to many of the Scottish links courses. Although it is not the longest links course, it is definitely not to be underestimated, particularly on days when the wind blows strong.

Golfers may be deceived by this course with beautiful fairways and well-kept greens, but don’t be fooled! The strategically placed bunkers and thick rough can punish any slight miss shot. 

Commonly forgotten due to its notable counterparts such as Murfield, Gullane and North Berwick, Luffness New is an easily accessible course that requires a fair bit of strategic thinking along the way – ideal for golfers who fancy a challenge. 

Course history

Rewinding to 1867, an application was made to the Laird of Luffness to set out a golf course on his land which was agreed and turned into the original Luffness Course. Many years later a dispute arose regarding the issue of golf being played on Gullane Common, this resulted in Mr Henry Hope, the owner of Luffness Estate reclaiming his land in 1894 and building a brand new course on the Luffness Estate land- now known as Luffness New. 

The Luffness New Golf Club was established in 1894 and was designed by the world renowned Old Tom Morris. The official opening of the course begun with a professional tournament in which multiple players took part to win a £25 prize fund, the victorious player emerged as Ben Sayers. 

In 2019, the club celebrated its 125th anniversary which was marked by commissioning member, Dr Hector Chawla writing an updated history of the course which has now been completed and is available to purchase at the Club Office. 

Regional history

Luffness is a small hamlet located in East Lothian and lies between the towns of Gullane and Aberlady. 

It is relatively close to Scotland’s Capital, Edinburgh, located approximately 20 miles east – making it the ideal place for exploring Scotlands picturesque coastline and surrounding cities. 

Many of the houses located in Luffness are traditional farm cottages with one of the most notable building in the village being Luffness Castle which was built during the 13th century. 

Local hospitality and retail

Where to stay

Image sourced from Greywalls Hotel

With 12 beautifully designed rooms all featuring unique Scottish textiles, fine linens and bespoke Scottish toiletries, The Bonnie Badger offers guests a truly indulgent experience. Similarly, the prestigious Greywalls Hotel has a sense of elegance and charm with each room being decorated with its own individual decor and antique furnishings.

If you’re looking to soak in the full scottish golfing experience, then The Watchman may be the ideal stay for you. Within walking distance of Gullane’s 3 impressive golf courses – including Luffness – this hotel is well equipped to deal with all of your golfing needs offering transport links and even a drying room. 

Where to eat

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Looking for a quick bite to eat or five star meal and service? There are plenty of local pubs and restaurants in and around the area of Luffness all offering a variety of different cuisines such as The Duck Inn, Grace of India and The Main Course

Located in the nearby village of Longniddry is the Longniddry Inn which is well served by a number of transport links, making it easily accessible for those looking to stop past for a spot of lunch or evening meal. 

Where to shop

Embrace the true taste of Scotland by embarking upon one of the many distillery tours offered around the local area including an intriguing wild distillery tasting session from Buck and Birch, unique whisky tasting at Glenkinchie or a variety of whisky experiences offered at the world renowned Johnnie Walker.

If you’re looking to take home a special gift to remember your time in Scotland, then Blackhouse is the perfect place for you. Located in the nearby village of Gullane, this charming gift shop contains everything from ceramics and jewellery to handcrafted harris tweed gifts and bags.  

Don’t forget to bring back a tasty treat for your four legged friends too! NG dogs is a local dog boutique, offering everything your furry friend may need from natural dog food to plenty of fun toys. 

Iconic landmarks

Situated in a quaint location by the sea in wooded grounds lies the infamous Luffness House which has previously been referred to as ‘Aberlady Castle’. With the majority of the tower house dating back to the 16th century, the building holds a rich history. 

Gosford House is an incredible neo-classic country home and is the historical seat of the Earls of Wemyss and March. The house was constructed for the seventh Earl of Wemyss and was completed in 1800 by the celebrated Scottish architect, Robert Adam. Inside, the home contains elegant interiors with one of the standout features being its Marble Hall in the South Wing. 

The best photo spots

  • Seton sands
  • Gosford house
  • Luffness House

Our top tips for playing this course

  • It is not about launching the ball as far as possible when you are at Luffness. It is best to plot your way around the course to avoid the tick rough and bunkers.
  • Luffness is very exposed to the elements. If you get a windy day, expect to feel your swing battered.  Keep a wide stable stance and watch the ball being buffeted.
  • Avoid the greenside pot bunkers. 
  • Dress right… Jackets and ties are required at Luffness. So if you want to stay for refreshments, make sure you have the right clothing with you.

Watch Stephen Proctor’s Luffness New Dispatch here

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