Best Golf Courses Ayrshire
Around 50 golf courses
Top Golf Courses in Ayrshire 2023
With around 50 golf courses to choose from; 3 Open Championship venues, the west coast of Scotland offers some of the best golf in Scotland. Below are our top picks for Golf in Ayrshire.
Kilmarnock Barassie Golf Club 2023
Golf enthusiasts from all over the world visit Scotland to experience the many stunning golf courses that the country has to offer. The Barassie Golf Club, which has been rated among the top 100 golf courses in Scotland by Golf World magazine, is one of the most beautiful and difficult golf courses in Scotland.
Located in Troon, Ayrshire, Barassie Golf Club has been a popular destination for golfers for over a century. This article will provide a comprehensive guide to the Barassie Golf Club, covering everything you need to know before planning your visit.
Dundonald Golf Links 2023
If you are a golf enthusiast, you may have heard of the Dundonald Links Course. This Scottish golf course, located near the town of Troon in Ayrshire, Scotland, is a relatively new addition to the world of golf.
However, it has quickly established itself as a must-visit destination for any avid golfer and must be considered one of the top 30 golf courses in Scotland. In this article, we will take a comprehensive look at all aspects of the Dundonald Links Course, from its history and design to the playing experience and amenities.
The Gailes Links Golf Course 2023
Founded in 1787 by The Glasgow Golf Club, Gailes Links is the 9th Oldest Course in the world. Designed by Willie Fernie and then tweaked by Willie Park Jnr. These two have put their names to some of the greatest courses in the world. Consequently Gailes Links is one of those fun courses you want to play again and again. Its one of those courses that require laser guided tee shots with out of bounds, bunkers, whins, gorse bushes and trees to contend with throughout the course.
The putting surfaces are always exceptional and very subtle that trick even the worlds best. Gailes Links is a fair course that rewards you for your hard work. In contrast it also punishes the slackers. Furthermore the course is often used as a qualifying venue for The Open Championship when the event is held at Royal Troon or Trump Turnberry.
Prestwick Golf Club 2023
Prestwick Old Course is without a doubt one of the most famous ‘Old Links’ courses in the world and a must for golf in the west coast of Scotland. The Championship Links has been extended throughout the years since it hosted the first Open Championship back in 1860.
Back then the tournament was played on a 12 hole course. The Par 71 now plays just under 7'000 yds and is traditional a links course as you'll play. You'll encounter a few blind shots along your round and negotiate undulating fairways some would refer to as an ‘Elephants Graveyard'. Furthermore you will find some exceptional bunkering and finally fast and firm greens.
Royal Troon Golf Club
A 9-time venue of The Open Championship dating back to 1923. Royal Troon is amongst the legendary golf courses in the world. It was the venue to what was certainly one of the greatest final Open Championship rounds of all time. It was in 2016 where Henrik Stenson piped Phil Mickelson to the Claret Jug by shooting 63 to Phil's 65. At over 7000 yds from the Championship tees, this Par 71 has a great mix of risk and reward holes. As a result, a number of holes demand great golf shots. Royal Troon is home to one of the most famous Par 3’s in Golf, the ‘Postage Stamp’.
Portland Course 2023
Although a links course like the Old Course at Royal Troon, the Portland Course is more sheltered, providing some protection for the golfer as they meander through the terrain filled with gorse and broom. With 5 par 3's the Portland is a shorter course however it makes up the yardage on the back nine with 4 par 5's. The course was originally designed by the Troon professional and winner of the Open Championship in 1883, William Fernie. In the early 1920's it was re-designed by Dr Alister MacKenzie.
Trump Turnberry Ailsa Golf Course 2023
Located 25 miles south of Troon, Ayrshire holds another spectacular Open Championship venue at Turnberry. The Ailsa Course has hosted The Open on 4 occasions, most notably in 1977 where Jack Nicklaus and Tom Watson. Both players went head to head in the famous ‘Duel in the Sun’. In 2014 the Trump Organisation took over the resort and had Mackezie & Ebert architects redesign the course. They created 5 new holes – a masterpiece! A true golfing paradise, Ailsa is one of the most picturesque courses you will play in the west coast of Scotland.
King Robert The Brucae Course 2023
A new golfing experience at Trump Turnberry, The King Robert The Bruce Course opened on 11th July 2017, the birthday of Robert The Bruce. The King of Scotland, born in Turnberry Castle, led Scotland to claims its right as an independent country in the battle of Bannockburn in 1314. The exciting new addition at Turnberry designed by Martin Ebert (who was also responsible for re-creation of the Ailsa Course) thrills golfers of all abilities with its distinctive bunkering, wetland areas, swathes of gorse and not forgetting to mention those spectacular views of the coastline, Turnberry castle ruins and the famous lighthouse.
Western Gailes Golf Club 2023
Western Gailes lies on one of the narrowest strip of land on the Ayrshire coast between the sea and the railway line that divides it from Dundonald Links. The club was founded in 1897 when four Glaswegians who were tired of playing soggy parkland courses near the city decided to create their own coastal links retreat. Till this day the land and course layout remains very similar. The course layout is unusual, with a huge variance of golf holes, which boast rolling undulating fairways, clever bunkering and well protected greens. Above all, don’t forget the burn that meanders its way throughout the course.
The exciting new addition at Turnberry designed by Martin Ebert (who was also responsible for re-creation of the Ailsa Course) thrills golfers of all abilities with its distinctive bunkering, wetland areas, swathes of gorse and not forgetting to mention those spectacular views of the coastline, Turnberry castle ruins and the famous lighthouse.
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