STAY & PLAY CRAIGIELAW
Jeremy Ellwood enjoys waking up by the 1st tee in the Lodge at Craigielaw on the East Lothian coast
The Golf Par 71, 6,601 yards The course, which opened in 2001, plays over mostly gently undulating linksland above neighbouring Kilspindie Golf Club, with views out over the Firth of Forth and Gosford Bay. The greens, several of which are raised up, pose a real challenge should you stray out of position, but must surely bring a whole new dimension to the short games of those who play here often! The 9th plays back up to a long green by the clubhouse, while the 10th is a strong, well-bunkered par 3 in among some elegant houses. The classic risk-and-reward par-4 15th is reachable some days, but if you miss pin-high left, you’ll be left scratching your head at the chip you face. Also play… Craigielaw lies just four miles from Gullane (gullanegolfclub.com) where courses 1, 2 and 3 pose differing tests according to ability… or mood! Accommodation The Lodge at Craigielaw, which was added in 2013, offers 25 bedrooms looking out over either the golf course or a pretty courtyard. The rooms are spacious, light and well equipped with large TVs, free Wi-Fi and tea/coffeemaking facilities… plus ample room for your golf gear. Meals can be taken in the restaurant, with its excellent wine list, the bar area, with its wonderful vista out over the links, or even al fresco in the courtyard. There’s something special about waking up right by the 1st tee, and few places do it better than Craigielaw, which also boasts a wealth of practice facilities to avail yourself of should you leave sufficient time between breakfast and teeing off. Where else… Tantallon Castle (historicenvironment.scot) near North Berwick is an imposing mediaeval ruin set high on the cliffs east of the famous golfing town.