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  • Ayrshire amp West-Golf trek-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 trip-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 outing-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 - Kintyre

    Par 72, yardage 6,861. Building on the challenges laid down by the famous old Arran course, the Kintyre is links golf at its exhilirating best. Undulating greens, glorious fairways, magnificent ocean holes, and all with stunning views of Kintyre, Arran and the famous Turnberry Lighthouse. The view that greets you from the brow of Bain's Hill is just one moment among many you'll want to savor again and again. As the short ascent is made from the 7th green, it is as if a theatrical curtain is opened to reveal a stunning set. The extra elevation multiplies the panorama that stretches in every direction, but the shots, too, are breathtaking.

    Par 72, yardage 6,861. Building on the challenges laid down by the famous old Arran course, the Kintyre is links golf at its exhilirating best. Undulating greens, glorious fairways, magnificent ocean holes, and all with stunning views of Kintyre, Arran and the famous Turnberry Lighthouse. The view that greets you from the brow of Bain's Hill is just one moment among many you'll want to savor again and again. As the short ascent is made from the 7th green, it is as if a theatrical curtain is opened to reveal a stunning set. The extra elevation multiplies the panorama that stretches in every direction, but the shots, too, are breathtaking.

  • Ayrshire amp West-Golf trip-Prestwick

    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 outing-Glasgow Gailes

    Par 71, yardage 6,535. This course resides on a marvellous stretch of links land between Troon and Irvine on the Ayrshire coast. This is the seaside course of the Glasgow Golf Club at Killermont and it opened in 1892, making the club unique in that it has two courses 30 miles apart. With its undulating fairways, fine greens and subtle qualities, it is an honest test of golfing skills in true links fashion. The challenge starts with a steady stream of four consecutive par-4s followed by the signature hole - a par-5 dog-leg with out-of-bounds to the right and a treacherous green that's guarded by strategically placed sand traps.

    Par 71, yardage 6,535. This course resides on a marvellous stretch of links land between Troon and Irvine on the Ayrshire coast. This is the seaside course of the Glasgow Golf Club at Killermont and it opened in 1892, making the club unique in that it has two courses 30 miles apart. With its undulating fairways, fine greens and subtle qualities, it is an honest test of golfing skills in true links fashion. The challenge starts with a steady stream of four consecutive par-4s followed by the signature hole - a par-5 dog-leg with out-of-bounds to the right and a treacherous green that's guarded by strategically placed sand traps.

  • Ayrshire amp West-Golf outing-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 vacation-Dundonald

    Par 72, yardage 7,300. The newest addition to Loch Lomond Golf Club is Dundonald. Designed by Kyle Phillips, one of the game's top architects, it has been recognized as one of the best new courses in the world (Robb Report 2004). 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. Designed by Kyle Phillips, one of the game's top architects, it has been recognized as one of the best new courses in the world (Robb Report 2004). 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 outing-Machrihanish

    Par 70, yardage 6,225. It may be remote - Campbeltown, after all, is not the easiest place in the world to travel to by land - but it's not difficult to understand why so many people make that journey to play here. It's a true golfing treasure and the opening hole - a 423-yard par-4 where the drive requires a carry over the Atlantic Ocean - is among the finest in the world. "The Almighty had golf in his eye when he created this place", remarked Old Tom Morris before re-designing the course in 1880. It was subsequently altered by J.H. Taylor, the three-time Open Champion, in 1914 and little has changed to this day.

    Par 70, yardage 6,225. It may be remote - Campbeltown, after all, is not the easiest place in the world to travel to by land - but it's not difficult to understand why so many people make that journey to play here. It's a true golfing treasure and the opening hole - a 423-yard par-4 where the drive requires a carry over the Atlantic Ocean - is among the finest in the world. "The Almighty had golf in his eye when he created this place", remarked Old Tom Morris before re-designing the course in 1880. It was subsequently altered by J.H. Taylor, the three-time Open Champion, in 1914 and little has changed to this day.

  • 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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