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  • Ayrshire amp West-Golf tour-Gailes Links Golf Course
    Gailes Links is a top rated world championship links located near Open venues at Turnberry and Royal Troon in Ayrshire. Gailes Links course which has hosted major championship tournaments was designed by Willie Park of Musselburgh. Gailes was opened in 1892 by Glasgow Golf Club the 9th oldest golf club in the world. Its west coast setting and fabulous condition makes it ideal for summer and winter golf in Scotland. It is simply traditional links at its best.
    Gailes Links is a top rated world championship links located near Open venues at Turnberry and Royal Troon in Ayrshire. Gailes Links course which has hosted major championship tournaments was designed by Willie Park of Musselburgh. Gailes was opened in 1892 by Glasgow Golf Club the 9th oldest golf club in the world. Its west coast setting and fabulous condition makes it ideal for summer and winter golf in Scotland. It is simply traditional links at its best.
  • Ayrshire amp West-Golf weekend-Royal Troon - Old
    Par 71, yardage 7,150. This private club was founded in 1878 and has hosted the Open Championships on a number of occasions. Royal Troon features holes like the original Postage Stamp (No.8) where Tiger Woods had so much trouble in 1997. One of the great links courses in Scotland, the Old Course is a challenging test of golfing ability. With the wind to contend with, and deep rough interspersed with gorse and broom, accurate shot making is essential. Players should make their scores on the outward nine, as the prevailing north-westerly wind can make the back nine extremely difficult. The No. 13 hole has proven to be the most difficult to par during the Open Championships.
    Maximum handicap: 20 men, 30 women.
    Par 71, yardage 7,150. This private club was founded in 1878 and has hosted the Open Championships on a number of occasions. Royal Troon features holes like the original Postage Stamp (No.8) where Tiger Woods had so much trouble in 1997. One of the great links courses in Scotland, the Old Course is a challenging test of golfing ability. With the wind to contend with, and deep rough interspersed with gorse and broom, accurate shot making is essential. Players should make their scores on the outward nine, as the prevailing north-westerly wind can make the back nine extremely difficult. The No. 13 hole has proven to be the most difficult to par during the Open Championships.
    Maximum handicap: 20 men, 30 women.
  • Ayrshire amp West-Golf excursion-Royal Troon - Portland
    Par 71, yardage 6,289. Although a links course, the Portland is a little more sheltered than the Royal Troon Old Course and, of course, shorter. The holes meander through terrain filled with gorse and broom and has a generous helping of par-3s, five in all. This is tempered however, with four par-5s, all of which are on the back nine. Unfairly overshadowed by its bigger brother, Portland is a genuine links course and remains in excellent condition throughout the year.
    Maximum handicap: 20 men, 30 women.
    Par 71, yardage 6,289. Although a links course, the Portland is a little more sheltered than the Royal Troon Old Course and, of course, shorter. The holes meander through terrain filled with gorse and broom and has a generous helping of par-3s, five in all. This is tempered however, with four par-5s, all of which are on the back nine. Unfairly overshadowed by its bigger brother, Portland is a genuine links course and remains in excellent condition throughout the year.
    Maximum handicap: 20 men, 30 women.
  • Ayrshire amp West-Golf expedition-Turnberry - Ailsa
    Par 70, yardage 6,976. Long regarded as one of the finest courses in the world, the Ailsa came to international prominence with the famous duel between Jack Nicklaus and Tom Watson over the four days of the 1977 Open. Polls now regularly acknowledge the Ailsa as one of Britain's top three courses, confirmation that gives it eminence worlwide, with regular rankings within the world's top 20 courses. Perhaps the ninth hole is Turnberry's trademark, the remote tee set on a rocky promontory on the edge of the sea, the drive across the corner of the bay and a glimpse of the site of Bruce's Castle. The narrow path to the tee and the tee shot itself are not recommended to those of a nervous disposition.
    Par 70, yardage 6,976. Long regarded as one of the finest courses in the world, the Ailsa came to international prominence with the famous duel between Jack Nicklaus and Tom Watson over the four days of the 1977 Open. Polls now regularly acknowledge the Ailsa as one of Britain's top three courses, confirmation that gives it eminence worlwide, with regular rankings within the world's top 20 courses. Perhaps the ninth hole is Turnberry's trademark, the remote tee set on a rocky promontory on the edge of the sea, the drive across the corner of the bay and a glimpse of the site of Bruce's Castle. The narrow path to the tee and the tee shot itself are not recommended to those of a nervous disposition.
  • Ayrshire amp West-Golf tour-Turnberry - King Robert the Bruce
    On 28th June 2017, Trump Turnberry's newest golf course, the magnificent King Robert the Bruce, was officially opened. The course is named after the King of Scotland, Robert the Bruce, the historical warrior who led Scotland to claim its right as an independent country in the Battle of Bannockburn in June 1314. He was born in July 1274 in Turnberry Castle. The Turnberry Lighthouse now stands amongst the ruins of this medieval castle.

    Martin Ebert, responsible for the reborn Ailsa, has been commissioned to create what will be a stunning sibling to the legendary Ailsa course. This world class golf experience will thrill golfers of all abilities. Distinctive bunkering, visually attractive wetland areas and swathes of gorse will all add to the exciting challenges of this great links course. This 18 hole course will have a par of 72, and, will have 5 par 3 holes. Breathtaking vistas from the 8th 9th, 10th and 11th will delight golfers, with spectacular views of the castle ruins and the lighthouse.
    On 28th June 2017, Trump Turnberry's newest golf course, the magnificent King Robert the Bruce, was officially opened. The course is named after the King of Scotland, Robert the Bruce, the historical warrior who led Scotland to claim its right as an independent country in the Battle of Bannockburn in June 1314. He was born in July 1274 in Turnberry Castle. The Turnberry Lighthouse now stands amongst the ruins of this medieval castle.

    Martin Ebert, responsible for the reborn Ailsa, has been commissioned to create what will be a stunning sibling to the legendary Ailsa course. This world class golf experience will thrill golfers of all abilities. Distinctive bunkering, visually attractive wetland areas and swathes of gorse will all add to the exciting challenges of this great links course. This 18 hole course will have a par of 72, and, will have 5 par 3 holes. Breathtaking vistas from the 8th 9th, 10th and 11th will delight golfers, with spectacular views of the castle ruins and the lighthouse.
  • Ayrshire amp West-Golf holiday-Prestwick Golf Club
    Par 71, yardage 6,544. This Ayrshire course holds a special place in the golfing history books, having been the venue for the first-ever Open Championship back in 1860. It last staged an Open in 1925, but remains very popular as a unique test of golf. The first tee sits beside Prestwick Station and the railway line runs all the way down the right-hand side of the opening hole. There are plenty of other holes where a score can come off the tracks, though, the huge 'Cardinal Bunker' providing potential trouble at the third and the 'Himalayas' having to be negotiated at the 206-yard par-3 fifth hole.
    Maximum handicap: 24 men, 28 women.
    Par 71, yardage 6,544. This Ayrshire course holds a special place in the golfing history books, having been the venue for the first-ever Open Championship back in 1860. It last staged an Open in 1925, but remains very popular as a unique test of golf. The first tee sits beside Prestwick Station and the railway line runs all the way down the right-hand side of the opening hole. There are plenty of other holes where a score can come off the tracks, though, the huge 'Cardinal Bunker' providing potential trouble at the third and the 'Himalayas' having to be negotiated at the 206-yard par-3 fifth hole.
    Maximum handicap: 24 men, 28 women.
  • Ayrshire amp West-Golf holiday-Western Gailes
    Par 71, yardage 6,639. This course, near Irvine on the Ayrshire coast, is regarded as a true Scottish links. Featuring undulating terrain, rolling fairways and some of the thickest links rough in Scotland, it provides an almighty test that should be enjoyed time and again. The narrow fairways demand consummate positioning from the tee, and with so many greens tucked away in little hollows or dells, your patience and concentration is pushed to the limit. The middle section of the course can become increasingly difficult when the wind comes off the sea. Simply keeping your mind on the task at hand amid sweeping winds is a challenge in itself.
    Par 71, yardage 6,639. This course, near Irvine on the Ayrshire coast, is regarded as a true Scottish links. Featuring undulating terrain, rolling fairways and some of the thickest links rough in Scotland, it provides an almighty test that should be enjoyed time and again. The narrow fairways demand consummate positioning from the tee, and with so many greens tucked away in little hollows or dells, your patience and concentration is pushed to the limit. The middle section of the course can become increasingly difficult when the wind comes off the sea. Simply keeping your mind on the task at hand amid sweeping winds is a challenge in itself.
  • Ayrshire amp West-Golf excursion-Dundonald
    Par 72, yardage 7,300. The newest addition to Loch Lomond Golf Club is Dundonald. Situated by the sea near the legendary town of Troon, Dundonald's soil and climate conditions make the course suitable for year-round play. Designer Phillips said: "My desire was to create a championship Ayrshire-style links course that felt and played as though it was an old rediscovered course, by integrating newly constructed features with existing site features".
    Par 72, yardage 7,300. The newest addition to Loch Lomond Golf Club is Dundonald. Situated by the sea near the legendary town of Troon, Dundonald's soil and climate conditions make the course suitable for year-round play. Designer Phillips said: "My desire was to create a championship Ayrshire-style links course that felt and played as though it was an old rediscovered course, by integrating newly constructed features with existing site features".
  • Ayrshire amp West-Golf excursion-Machrihanish Dunes
    Par 72, yardage 7,175. Machrihanish Dunes Golf Club is the first golf course to have been built on a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSi) since the days of Old Tom Morris himself. It is also the first 18-hole links golf course to be built on the west coast of Scotland in 100 years. Course architect and Scotsman David McLay Kidd, who is internationally acclaimed for his design of Bandon Dunes in Oregon and the The Castle Course at St. Andrews, created an inspired routing for Machrihanish Dunes featuring six greens and five tees at the ocean's edge.
    Par 72, yardage 7,175. Machrihanish Dunes Golf Club is the first golf course to have been built on a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSi) since the days of Old Tom Morris himself. It is also the first 18-hole links golf course to be built on the west coast of Scotland in 100 years. Course architect and Scotsman David McLay Kidd, who is internationally acclaimed for his design of Bandon Dunes in Oregon and the The Castle Course at St. Andrews, created an inspired routing for Machrihanish Dunes featuring six greens and five tees at the ocean's edge.
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