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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. Auchenharvie Golf Course

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    Stevenston

    Golf course: Open 7 days all year round. Open to the public 0800 - dusk.

  2. Caprington Golf Course

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    Kilmarnock

    Caprington Golf Course is a public course situated to the south of Kilmarnock.

  3. 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.

  4. Lochgreen Golf Course

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    Troon

    Lochgreen is the best of the trio of Troon municipal courses, which offer a more economical excellent golfing experience.

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    Turnberry

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

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    Troon

    Founded in 1887, this club has had an illustrious history and has been an Open Championship qualifying course on occasion.

  7. Routenburn Golf Club

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    Largs

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

  8. Corrie Golf Club

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    Sannox

    Short and hilly moorland course founded in 1892, in a picturesque setting with views over the Firth of Clyde.

  9. 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.

  10. Whiting Bay Golf Club

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    Whiting Bay

    Whiting Bay Golf Club, Isle of Arran, Scotland was founded in1895.

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