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  • Coastal views out towards Ailsa Craig at the Ailsa Course, Turnberry.
    The Ailsa Course, Turnberry
  • Views across one of the greens at Lamlash Golf Course.
    Lamlash Golf Course, Isle of Arran
  • A bunker at the Old Course, Troon Golf Club.
    The Old Course, Troon Golf Club

Not only is Scotland The Home of Golf, it is also the birthplace of the sport’s most prestigious tournament, the Open Championship, which began in Ayrshire in 1860.

On a windy Wednesday morning in 1860, eight sportsmen stepped out onto the greens at Prestwick in what was the start of professional golf as we know it today. Did you know though that not only was Prestwick the host of the first Open Championship, but it was also the location of the first known hole-in-one by ‘Young’ Tom Morris in 1868?

Start your golfing adventure by discovering the current Open Championship courses at Turnberry and Royal Troon, located within a few miles of each other. The Open returned to Ayrshire & Arran in 2009, cementing its reputation for stunning, world-class golf courses and its importance in golfing heritage, and will be back again in 2016 at Royal Troon.

While the remaining courses in Ayrshire & Arran may not share the same international limelight as the ‘Big Three’, they are an absolute joy for those who seek them out. Whether you’re looking for links, heathland, parkland or moorland, there are courses to suit every ability and budget, including hidden gems like the two Gailes courses, Glasgow and Western, the 27-hole Kilmarnock Barassie or Dundonald.

Experience some high quality island golf, such as Millport, a course founded in 1888 on the picturesque Isle of Cumbrae. Designed by James Braid, the architect of some of Scotland’s greatest courses, the panoramic views over the links of Ailsa Craig, the Isles of Bute and Arran and the Cowal peninsula are unparalleled. The nearby Isle of Arran boasts seven courses across the island, including the 12-hole Shiskine course, ranked among the top 100 courses in the UK.

Take a look at the Ayrshire & Arran golf guide and browse some golfing itineraries to find out more about the courses. For excellent value for money, get an Arran Golf Pass which is valid for a whole year for all seven of the island courses. Check out the Ayrshire Open Qualifier Card  for access to three of the Open Championship qualifying venues or the South Ayrshire Golf Pass which permits six rounds on eight courses over seven consecutive days.

When booking your accommodation remember to look out for the Golfers Welcome scheme. They accredit accommodation providers that offer dedicated golf facilities like secure club storage, weather updates and details of local golf suppliers.

Browse the list below for more golf courses in Ayrshire & Arran.
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  1. Ballochmyle Golf Club

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    Mauchline

    This is a traditional Scottish club in the heart of Burns Country where the locals are known to quote poetry in the atmospheric clubhouse.

  2. Machrie Bay Golf Club

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    Machrie

    Machrie Bay is a small but quite interesting nine-hole situated 12 miles from Brodick in the village of Machrie on the south side of Isle of Arran.

  3. Rowallan Castle Golf Course

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    Kilmaurs

    Welcome to Rowallan Castle Golf Course

  4. Routenburn Golf Club

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    Largs

    Spectacular views across the Firth of Clyde with this parkland layout.

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    Prestwick

    Giving the J.R. Stutt designed course an auspicious opening was an exhibition match between John Panton, Eric Brown, Dia Rees and Peter Alliss - a truly wonderful fourball.

  6. Largs Golf Club

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    Largs

    The course at Largs is rather unusual in that although it is situated on the coast, it has all the features of a fine inland parkland course.

  7. Fullarton Golf Course

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    Troon

    Close to the great championship links of Royal Troon, and adjacent to Lochgreen and Darley, Fullarton, at slightly less than 5,000 yards, provides endless enjoyment for golfers of more modest ability or a testing morning warm-up.

  8. Map Golf and Leisure

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    Troon

    Welcome to Map and Golf Leisure

  9. Kilbirnie Place Golf Course

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    Glengarnock

    Kilbirnie Place is a beautiful par 69 parkland course. It compensates for its lack of length, 5524-yards, with some very tricky greens and natural hazards, including the Jocks Burn that winds its way through the opening and finishing holes.

  10. Girvan Golf Course

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    Girvan

    Girvan Golf Course Medal Tees Men 5064 yards SSS 64, Ladies 4738 yards SSS68 Neighbour to Turnberry, this course was designed by James Braid and has had few alterations since its inception in 1902.

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