Open Challenge

Ayrshire & Arran has forever secured its place in golfing history as the home of the Open Championship. The first ever 'Open' was played in 1860 at the historic Prestwick Golf Club around its original 12 holes. Plan your trip with using the key courses below and play on some of the sport's most illustrious Open Championship host courses.

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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.

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.

Golf ball on tee

Turnberry, Kintyre Golf Course

Undulating greens, glorious fairways and stunning ocean holes with views of the Kintyre, Arran and the iconic Turnberry Lighthouse; this famous Open Championship course is links golf at its exhilarating best.

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.

Turnberry Resort

Turnberry, Ailsa Golf Course

Book a round on the renowned Ailsa course at Turnberry, the scene of the infamous 'Duel in the Sun' between Jack Nicklaus and Tom Watson. Amongst other, it played host to the Weetabix British Women's Open in 2006 and the Open in 2009.

Kilmarnock Barassie Golf Club, North Ayrshire

Kilmarnock, Barassie Golf Course

This club has had a long and illustrious history and has been an Open Championship qualifying course on occasion. With 27 holes to test your skills, it incorporates its nine original and nine new holes used to host Open qualifying rounds.