GULLANE Golf Club is celebrating after double success at a prestigious national awards ceremony.

The golf club, which dates back to 1882, picked up two top accolades at the Scottish Golf Tourism Awards.

Gullane No. 3 was named ‘Best Golf Course’ in the £31-£60 fees bracket, while Alasdair Good, head professional, and his team took the honours in the ‘Best pro shop’ award.

In further recognition, Gullane No. 2 was shortlisted among four venues for the ‘Best Golf Course from £61-£100’ at the glittering event at Fairmont St Andrews.

Accepting the award for No. 3, Gordon Simpson, secretary at Gullane, said: “It is a huge honour for all at the club to receive this award for course No. 3.

“The course is a terrific test of golf but, just as important, is great fun to play regardless of your age or ability.

“All the staff and members at Gullane take great pride in No. 3 and the condition that we present the course in 12 months a year.

“We look forward to continuing to improve and hopefully featuring in the awards again next year.”

While Gullane No. 1 is widely regarded globally – its profile further enhanced by hosting the Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open and Ladies Scottish Open in 2018, and the men’s event in 2015 – the club believes the recognition for course No. 3 illustrates the overall links offering.

Designed by two-time Open Champion Willie Park Jr, Gullane No. 3 celebrated its centenary in 2010 and has matured to become a favourite among club members and visiting golfers.

Enjoying some of the best views at Gullane across Aberlady Bay to the Firth of Forth and Edinburgh beyond, the short par-68 test (par-69 for women) places a firm focus on short game skills.

It is described as the ideal venue for a fun game or for beginners getting into golf.

The awards night, hosted by broadcaster David Tanner, was the climax to the fourth annual Scottish Golf Tourism Week, staged by PSP Media Group and supported by VisitScotland and Scottish Enterprise.

The Scottish Golf Tourism Awards are determined solely by public vote, with a record 40,000 votes cast by the end of September.

Mr Simpson, who took over as secretary at Gullane in April, was also quick to praise Mr Good and his team.

He added: “Alasdair is a great professional and has a terrific team around him.

“In my time at the club, he and his staff have gone out of their way to exceed customer expectations and this award is the culmination of years of hard work.

“In a day and age where professional shops are up against huge competition from the high street and online retailers, this award shows that with the right people and correct attitude, you can achieve great things.”