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Western Gailes Golf Club

Western Gailes Golf Club and Courses

Western Gailes Golf Club is a links course located on the west coast of Scotland, in Ayrshire. Although it is one of the less well-known courses in the area, it is recognised as one of the top links courses in the nation. Gary Player, Tom Watson, and Tony Jacklin, three legends from the latter part of the twentieth century, have all played here. From the present era, Luke Donald, Rory McIlroy, and Bubba Watson have also put their skills to the test on this historic links course.

A Brief History of Western Gailes Golf Club Scotland

The Club was founded in 1897 and has a long history of hosting important championships. The course has undergone several changes over the years, including a major redesign by Fred Hawtree in 1976. It has since been updated by Martin Ebert and is now a challenging and scenic course that attracts golfers from all over the world.

Course Design at Golf Club Western Gailes

The course is a traditional links layout with challenging natural features, including dunes and deep bunkers. It measures just over 7,000 yards from the back tees and has a par of 71. The first few holes are played northward, followed by nine holes played backwards, with the sea to the golfer's right. The memorable 17th hole, one of Scotland's most difficult par 4s, is part of the final five holes.

Facilities and Amenities at Golf Club Western Gailes

Western Gailes Club has a clubhouse full of the beautiful, the unique, the historic, and the eccentric. They offer a range of facilities, including a bar and restaurant, pro shop, practice areas and oak locker rooms that radiate history and tradition and are the ideal setting for getting ready for the round ahead. The practice facilities include a driving range, a short game area, and a putting green. In addition to the clubhouse amenities, the course also has a halfway house located between the 9th and 10th holes, offering refreshments for golfers.

Fees at Western Gailes Golf Club 2024

Green fees vary depending on the time of year and day of the week. There are also discounts available for juniors and groups.


10 Green fees – 9 holes£125*
1 May – 15 October 2023 Weekdays£210* or £280*(2 rounds on same day)
16 – 31 October 2023 (not Saturdays)£165*
May – September 2023 (Saturdays)£225**
May – September 2023 (Sundays)£210**

(*including Soup and sandwiches)  (** No dining room facilities)

The above costs are available to PGA members at a discount. It is necessary to give notice in advance and to present a valid PGA card. The above will be discounted by 50% for those who are under the age of sixteen.

Caddies – £60.00 plus tip

Clubs are available to hire priced at £35

Membership at Western Gailes Golf Club

Membership is available at Western Gailes Golf Club, and there are several categories to choose from, including full membership, country membership, and junior membership. The club also offers a range of social events throughout the year.

Where is Western Gailes Golf Club?

The Club is located approximately 30 minutes drive southwest of Glasgow. From Glasgow, take the M77 and then the A78 towards Irvine and continue along the coast until you reach the club, which is located just off the A78.

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