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Our selected golf courses in Ayrshire & Turnberry:

Royal Troon - Prestwick - Western Gailes - Kilmarnock Barassie

Royal Troon Golf Club Royal Troon  Architect: W. Ferrie (1878)  18 holes: 6,435yds: par 71

Another of the "greats" in this rich golfing corner of Scotland.  Probably most renowned for its short but deadly par three 8th - the "Postage Stamp".  From where on in the course just keeps getting tougher.  Has hosted the Open on numerous occasions and as you stroll down the 18th, you'll be left in no doubt as to the reasons why.

Troon Portland Golf Club

Troon Portland
Architect: W. Ferrie (1895)
18 holes: 6,289yds: par 71
The "second" course at Troon, which any where else would make a very good "first" course.  Inland from the sea and behind the Marine Hotel Portland is a very good traditional links that makes a great hors d'œuvre before tackling the main course.  The is more relief to the land and plenty of gorse and deep bunkering that as is common in these parts will make you think through your shots carefully.
Small Clubhouse with plenty of locals providing a genuine Ayrshire atmosphere.

Prestwick Golf ClubPrestwick   Architect: Unknown (1851)   18 holes: 6,910yds: par 71

The first ever Open Championship was played at Prestwick and for that reason alone it retains a special place in our golfing folklore. The course itself is quite quirky: when you step onto the First Tee there is a diagram on the wall that indicates how to go about reaching the Green.  Further around you will play shots at invisible targets, so taking at least one caddie in your party is a very good idea!

Prestwick St. Nicholas Golf Club Prestwick St. Nicholas   Architect: C. Hunter & J. Allan (1892)  18 holes: 5,416yds: par 69

The locals appear to keep this course a closely guarded secret and it's easy to see why.  Although shorter on paper it can seem a lot longer on grass, especially when you add up the length of putts you can leave yourself on these slick swirling Greens.  A Club where you will be playing alongside the locals and no doubt be treated to a few Scottish tales.

Prtestwick St. Cuthberts Golf Club

Prestwick St. Cuthberts
Architect: J.R. Stutt (1898 & 1963)
18 holes: 6,470 yds: par 71
The "third" course in the little town of Prestwick and in marked contrast to the other two links courses.  St. Cuthberts is a parkland layout over gently rising ground that leads from the Clubhouse up to the edge of the airport (it moved here in 1963 when the airport went international).  Sheltered from the sea breezes it is a gentler course with the added novelty in this part of the world of plenty of trees! Friendly Clubhouse with a real locals feel to it.

Kilmarnock Barrassie Golf Club Kilmarnock - Barassie  Architect: T. Moon (1887)   18 holes: 6,203yds: par 72

A little to the north of Troon lies an unrivalled treasure trove of links golf: Kilmarnock Barassie, Western Gailes and Dundonald Links stretch across the countryside seemingly from horizon to horizon.  Of the three, Kilmarnock Barassie enjoys the most sheltered inland setting and consequently has pines trees and swathes of gorse on its more substantial soil.  These, together with the hummocks and hollows of the dunes makes for a fascinating game of golf.  Staying out of the treacherous rough is key to building a good score at Kilmarnock.
Another outstanding test of golf that is frequently overlooked by many visiting the area; don't make that mistake too.

Dundonald Links Dundonald Links   Architect: (1887)   18 holes: 6,203yds: par 72

Owned by Loch Lomond as a spare course for their Members when Loch Lomond is closed, Dundonald Links is however open to visitors.  The land is an unusual combination of dunes and pines that has been created out of a flat old wartime airfield - although you would never guess as it all looks so natural.  In general driving is not the problem at Dundonald, the difficulties lie around the Greens where swales and run-offs will encourage your ball away from the putting surface: great care on your approaches is required.  This is compounded by the fact that the course is kept in immaculate condition with slick sand-based Greens.  Clubhouse is currently a temporary arrangement in the form of a plush portacabin affair - no doubt greater things are planned.

And don't forget Turnberry!

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Turnberry Ailsa golf course
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For the Turnberry resort and golf courses please refer to our luxury resorts - Golf Par Gold.


Guest Comments

"Thank you for all your help with our annual event in Troon.  A fantastic place and wonderful support courses that you chose too."
D. Turner - Surrey

"A great trip, I will never forget our day at Royal Troon - a very special place."
Mr. M. Taylor - London



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