Historic links and island beauty

The west of Scotland offers one of the finest collections of links courses in the world. In Ayrshire, experience history and play a round or two in the region which is the home of the Open Championship. As well as admiring the stunning views from the coast, you can venture across the sea to the Isle of Arran to tee off on an island before continuing west to the Kintyre Peninsula and the Isle of Islay where you will discover the natural beauty of Scotland’s islands.

Looking onto the clubhouse at Royal Troon Golf Club

Royal Troon Championship Course

A demanding Open Championship host, Royal Troon lies at the southern end of that beautiful stretch of Ayrshire coastline where golf was played long before the Troon Golf Club was founded in 1878.

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The Machrie Golf Course

This 18-hole links course on Islay was designed in 1891 by the celebrated Willie Campbell from the natural terrain alongside Laggan Bay. It is a traditional links course that rates highly as a must for the discerning golfer.

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Glasgow Golf Club

Gailes Links at Glasgow Golf Club is the world's 9th oldest club and a Open Championship Final qualifying course. Designed by former Open champion Willie Park Jnr, this 18-hole course will be the sole Scottish Final qualifying course from 2014.

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Prestwick St Nicholas Golf Club

Overshadowed by the original Old Course in Prestwick, the St Nicholas Golf Club offers just as much a memorable experience and a challenge as its more famous sister. Not to be missed by visitors to Ayrshire, battle the winds that blow in from the Clyde.

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Prestwick Golf Course

Soak up the historic atmosphere here which will forever hold a special place in the history of the sport as the setting for the first Open Championship was played in 1860. With a railway running alongside and a huge bunker, it is a unique test of skill.

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Shiskine Golf Course

Perhaps the most famous of the Isle of Arran's seven golf courses, the delightful Shiskine Golf Course at Blackwaterfoot retains in its original 12-hole design.

Western Gailes Golf Club, Ayrshire

Western Gailes Golf Course

Western Gailes is a true links course with spectacular views of the Firth of Clyde right across to the Isle of Arran. Just next door to Western Gailes along the coast is Glasgow Gailes, a championship links course with fairways lined with heather.

The 16th hole on the West Kilbride Golf Course, Ayrshire

West Kilbride Golf Club

This excellent 18-hole links course was twice developed by James Braid and today's layout is exactly has Braid left it during the 1920s. It is a par 71 course of 6,452 yds.

A golfer tees off at Irvine Golf Club, Bogside, Irvine, North Ayrshire

Irvine Golf Course

This 18-hole James Braid-designed links courses stretches over 6,408 yds and has a par of 71. The championship course has hosted numerous competitions and is regularly used as a qualifying course for the prestigious Open tournament.