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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.

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  1. New Cumnock Golf Course

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    New Cumnock

    Designed by Willie Fernie in 1901, New Cumnock is a testing parkland course with views overlooking the loch. Although a relatively short par three nine hole course, New Cumnock offers a great deal to golfers of all abilities.

  2. Scotland's Golf Islands

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    Whiting Bay

    If you love golf, you’re going to love Scotland’s twenty-six Golf Islands. Ranging from the far north down the western coastline and with a total of thirty-eight courses between them there’s nowhere else you can enjoy the variety.

  3. Routenburn Golf Club

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    Largs

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

  4. Millport Golf Club

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    Millport

    This heathland course is beautifully situated above the town of Millport and enjoys some quite wonderful surroundings.

  5. Shiskine Golf & Tennis Club

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    Blackwaterfoot

    On the island of Arran off the west coast of Scotland, only an hour by ferry from the mainland, is to be found one of the most unusual and great hidden gems in the wide world of golf.

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    Troon

    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.

  7. Skelmorlie Golf Course

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    Skelmorlie

    Nestling in the hills of Renfrewshire, this course is noted for its beautiful views of the Firth of Clyde and the surrounding region.

  8. Maybole Golf Course

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    Maybole

    Maybole is a delightful nine-hole town course that is rather hilly but offers splendid views over the Carrick Hills.

  9. Brodick Golf Club

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    Brodick

    Located in the main ferry port of the Isle of Arran, Brodick Golf Club is within easy walking distance of the ferry.

  10. Darley Golf Course

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    Troon

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